On Sunday 27 May my wife and I plan to travelling Nuremburg - Vienna on ICE 21 at 8.30am. This is part of a journey to Budapest. We have bargain Interrail tickets (but 1st class) & I thought today to check reservations. Just in case.
I'm booking online and the system has a big tick against 'reserve requested seats' but when I look at the seat plan everything is shown as 'non-reservable'. However DB still are offering to charge me Euro 11.20 for the reservations as if they are available. They are not indicating either that tickets are sold out or in short supply. This pattern is repeated on later trains on the same day.
When I try again choosing 2nd class on the same train, I have a choice of about half the seats on the train available for me to reserve. I can also choose seats 1st class to go via Munich the same day but the transfer is tight.
To be able to book a reservation without numbered seats seems really strange.
Can anyone shed any light on this please?