good luck with the transfers! the trains i've been on had enough space nearby that one could keep suitcases right by you. the first ones we were on were more like metra express runs, in that they were commuter trains, but the trip was like 2 hours (munich to nurnburg). i think they had enough space in the quad-seats to keep at least one suitcase by you, or you could keep moer and block the seats. the older trains aer worse for that, though. there are a lot of people traveling wiht suitcases on the train, so it's kinda no big deal, at least to the germans that i've seen.<quoted text>
Taking LOT. my cousin's wife is from Poland and takes it all the time without problems, but she speaks polish. I guess I just have to cross my fingers that all goes well. I will call ahead. Have to make a connecting flight to Barcelona and that's my main concern. I will only be on "homeland" ground for an hour or so if all goes well.
As to the train, the one concern I have is the suitcase. I hate the thought of having to put it and take it down in the overhead several times a day. There are two and three changes during one trip. Do all the trains have a space for suitcases or only the high speed ones and not the regional trains? We'll be on both. But I heard they could be stolen from the floor space. Someone suggested that we take something to tie them together which would make it harder. Other then that maybe any insider tips. We're not taking any overnight trains.
but, each country can run their trains a little differently. i've only been in 2nd class cars - regular seats, not teh little cabins.
from my experiences, as long as you pay the usual attention to your stuff, and have "street smarts" yuo should be ok. i watch out more for the full-grown adults over the college kids. my parents have instilled a fear of hte gypsies, although i've never witnessed what they talk about fearing. teh college kids in munich (and i bet elsewhere too) are friendly, speak wonderful english, and are helpful if we looked really lost. MOst of the transit employees speak decent english too.
let me knwo if you have any other specific questions. my most recent european visits ahve been to munich, prior to that, it's been like 15 years, so i ahve a mixed bag of relevant info! ;-) PM me if you want....