With a German Rail Pass, are reservations needed for Frankfurt-Cologne, Cologne-Berlin, Berlin-Munich, Munich-Salzburg?

I am planning to purchase a German rail pass for 10 days. My routes will be from Frankfurt to Cologne, to Berlin, to Munich, to Salzburg and back to Munich. Do I need a reservation for the train ride.
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  • Hi May.

    In addition to the rail pass, reservations would be highly recommended on each of the requested trains.

    Trains from Frankfurt to Cologne are high-speed 'InterCity Express' (ICE) trains.

    Trains from Cologne to Berlin are high-speed 'InterCity Express' (ICE) trains.

    Trains from Berlin to Munich are high-speed 'InterCity Express' (ICE) trains.

    The trains between Munich and Salzburg are high-speed 'Railjet' or 'EuroCity' trains. As a result of the migrations occurring in Europe, however, all of the trains between Munich and Salzburg are canceled at this moment in time. I would suspect they'll be running again by the time of your trip. Even though Salzburg is in Austria, the 'German Rail Pass' is valid to cover the trains between Munich and Salzburg (when they're running).

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'German Rail Pass').

    With that said, due to an error on our site, it is currently not possible to book reservations for the Munich-Salzburg route on our site if you indicate that you'll be traveling with a 'German Rail Pass'. Just for the purpose of purchasing reservations for this route, you can instead indicate that you will be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass' or a 'Eurail Austria-Germany Pass'. By stating that you will be traveling with either of these passes, the correct reservation costs will be quoted to you and you will be able to proceed from there to purchase the reservations to go along with your 'German Rail Pass'. Otherwise, you can call us at 1-800-622-8600 to purchase these reservations.

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

    The 'German Rail Pass' itself would be purchased here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html.
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