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Special: Five hours in the darkness of Leipzig

I was running fast, I was searching for other options, I was hoping to get home this day. All went wrong last monday when I tried to get from Ingolstadt to my new hometown Frankfurt (Oder). Things got better when I finally boarded a train. Yet, it took another ten hours until I finally came home.

So, which chances did I have? There was a single long-distance train this evening: The ICE to Leipzig (that’s approximately 90 minutes from Berlin with a fast train). As I had a chance to make my appointments like that, I decided to take this opportunity and asked for a hotel voucher for the five or six hours in Leipzig.

Check out the first part of my crazy experience with the Deutsche Bahn!

As I know all the little paragraphs of the passenger rights in Germany, they were kind of annoyed and handed over the voucher after just minutes (Note: Learning laws by heart does help a lot!).

I had a lot of space on my way to Leipzig

I had a lot of space on my way to Leipzig

After my train to Leipzig (final departure 8:25 pm) left Ingolstadt, I looked on my initial schedule and had to giggle a little as the delay already cumulated to three hours before I even stepped into a train.

“Choose your hotel”, “we choose your hotel”

Even though the service in the train was very smooth this time and I had enough time to work and enjoy my time aboard (I still love the first class service of the Deutsche Bahn in long-distance trains), there was another moment of confusion. After I was told that I my choose a “fitting” hotel in Leipzig by myself, the employee in the train was of the opinion that he had to arrange a hotel for me.

"We choose a hotel for you... and here is a complimentary snack"

“We choose a hotel for you… and here is a complimentary snack”

As a first class passenger I hoped for something with at least four stars (that’s what the hotline told me as well) and got disappointed. After letting me wait for full two hours, I was told that they booked me a room at the “Centro Vier Jahreszeiten”. It’s never a good thing when you’ve never heard about a hotel. I initially googled and saw that they booked me a three star hotel located on a big street.

Better than expected

Even though the reviews of the hotel where not really good (3,5 out of 5 at Tripadvisor), it was kind of a positive surprise. After I arrived in Leipzig with 15 minutes delay, I reached the hotel in just five minutes at 00:30. There were two guys at the reception, one was not professional or helpful at all, the other one was a real blessing for the hotel. As there were more Deutsche Bahn guests stranded in Leipzig, it took around five minutes to get me a room.

The hotel was pretty solid

The hotel was pretty solid

The bed not the most comfortable one but okay for just five hours

The bed, not the most comfortable one but okay for just five hours

They even changed some room numbers after having a closer look on the date in system. That’s most likely why I got kind of an upgrade in the end (first class seems to be worth something at least). My room was located on fifth floor (the highest) and was facing the back side of the hotel (very quiet). For an overnight stay of just five hours, it had everything I needed (apart from a toothbrush), so I immediately went to bed.

Weird feeling of getting up too early for breakfast

When I was younger, I usually skipped breakfast. Nowadays, I’m kind of a foodie in terms of breakfast, so I love to eat a lot in the morning, even when it is 5:30 am. So I hoped to grab some food after catching just four hours and something of sleep.

Only few others travelled that early

Only few others travelled that early

Well, next time I should accept that I am accommodated in a three star hotel. Breakfast was available starting at 6 in the morning, my train was leaving at 5:51.

Mc Donalds breakfast in the train (nothing else was open at 5 am)

Mc Donalds breakfast in the train (nothing else was open at 5 am)

The Bircher Muesli offered by the Deutsche Bahn was good but very expensive

The Bircher Muesli offered by the Deutsche Bahn was good but very expensive

Well, searching for other options, I grabbed a cappuccino and a breakfast piece of McDonald’s and went to my train. As the new day started more lucky (even though sunrise was still hours away), the train was in time and I even made my connection in Berlin. After just 14 hours in trains, train stations and train hotels, I finally made it.

With only seven hours delay, I boarded my last train

With only seven hours delay, I boarded my last train

Thank you Deutsche Bahn, once again a memorable experience!

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9 Comments on “Special: Five hours in the darkness of Leipzig”

  1. Pingback: Special: Skipping you, skipping me | travelux

      • Yes the frustrating days are all apart of it, i dont get angry about them, i just remind myself i’m on holidays, i’m not working, ny deadlines are just bookings, enjoy Frankfurt 🙂

  2. What a tale, and well told & photo-illustrated. It brought back lots of memories of memorable trips of my own over the years (often memorable for going wildly astray). Thank you, by the way, for liking my own latest post & following my blog. (And yes, that is a very funny name for the jam — that was the purpose of the name, to be a joke.)

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