Swiss+German-Austria Pass Reservation help

If I have the rail pass then do I need to make a reservation for intercity trains (between Munich, düsseldorf, dortmund, Frankfurt) or just get on board and show the pass.
Also if I buy a Swiss pass separately and a german-austrian rail pass, what do I have to do if my train is from Zurich to düsseldorf. If reservations need to be made then using which site and is there a charge for it? For this journey which pass would be valid (swiss or german rail pass)
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 10, 2016 22:52

    In Germany, reservations would only be recommended on the ICE (InterCity Express) trains. On these trains, reservations aren't required, they're just recommended. On regular IC (InterCity) trains in Germany, reservations aren't necessary.

    If necessary, multiple rail passes can be used to cover ticket costs for the route of a train. If you use a Swiss Travel Pass and a separate Eurail Select Pass to cover the route of a train from Zurich to Dusseldorf, you would just show each pass to the conductor and a 'travel day' would be counted off of each. When booking passholder reservations on our site, however, it is not possible to indicate that you'll be using two different rail passes to cover the ticket costs for a train. Therefore, just for the purpose of booking reservations on such a train, you can indicate that you'll be traveling with any single rail pass that does cover the full route of the train (i.e. a Eurail Select Pass that includes Germany and Switzerland for a train from Zurich to Dusseldorf, instead of one that includes Germany and Austria). Even though this isn't the pass you'll actually be traveling with when you're there, it would prompt our website to issue you the correct reservations.

    Generally, reservable trains in Germany can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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