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i desperately want to travel europe by train. how did you organise it etc etc?!?
It's a hell of a lot easier than it used to be, thanks to the interweb. All the national train companies have websites - Eurostar for the initial cross-Channel run, SNCF for France, Trenitalia for Italy, OBB for Austria, Deutsche Bahn for Germany, and NS for Holland - and you can track them down easily on Google. Timetables and tickets are all available online from there. If you're flexible and/or young you may be able to get a pass of some sort, but we're neither, frankly.
so do you end up buying a huge wad of tickers prior to travel and just off you go? what did you do about accommodation?
Yeah, that's exactly what we did with the tickets. As for the hotels, you've probably noticed we swanked it up a bit - www.mrandmrssmith.com was our starting point for accommodation research, Rough Guide and Lonely Planet were also helpful (and have more options in the more sensible price bracket). Again, all pre-booked before we left.
i presume the train tickets are open travel? i.e. anytime during a certain period rather than spot on single times?
(sorry for being so quizzical!)
No, we had all the train tickets locked down to specific times. Most of the train journeys were over six hours long (Vienna to Hamburg takes nine and a half hours), so we were keen to have reserved seats.
ok cool - thanks a lot for the info :o)