Jul 5, 2018 - 1:10 PM
Hi, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on this. We just returned to the states yesterday after a wonderful 16 day trip to Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. I bought Swiss half fare cards and our first-class train tickets all in advance and reserved our seats as far in advance as I was allowed to. It was important to our family, 4 teens and 2 parents, to sit together and we knew we wanted seats with the table between them where possible. I was able to reserve those seats. The problem was when we hopped on the train in Lucerne for our trip to Milan there were people asleep in 2 of our seats. The train was pulling out so we took care of our bags and took other seats. We asked a local who spoke English what we should do and we were told, “ you have a seat though.” We didn’t feel like waking these people so we just stayed in the open seats that didn’t have the table. Of course, at the next stop 2 American women got on the train and we were in their seats! We explained what happened and offered to wake the people in our seats. They took 2 other open seats and seemed a bit disgruntled but told us not to bother. Another trip from Salzburg to Zurich started the same way but this time it was business class and we immediately woke the person sleeping in our seat and asked them to move.
We had a WONDERFUL trip and Lucerne was a favorite for all of us. The Swiss people were some of the kindest and most laid back people we met on our entire trip. I share this story because my family concluded that we Americans are sometimes more concerned and focused on these details and we just needed to go with the flow a little more:) So, to make a long story too long, you might want to get your seat reservations but be prepared to either move some people or be flexible in where you ultimately end up!
have a wonderful time!