Traveling around Germany from 10 PM on Sunday until midnight on Tuesday (May 14 – 26, 2023) will be difficult due to the country’s rail network being mostly down.
Railway and Transport Worker’s Union are launching a 50-hour-long warning strike that will halt all long-distance, regional, and freight traffic.
UPDATE: The strike has been called off as parties have reached an agreement at the last minute.
Lufthansa relies on German’s rail network to provide connectivity to its long-haul flights and has issued the following guidance:
Disruptions on Lufthansa Express Rail connections from 14 May (10 p.m.) to 16 May (midnight)
Long-distance train services with the Deutsche Bahn will be suspended from Sunday, 14 May 23 from 10 p.m. until Tuesday, 16 May 23 midnight due to a strike by the railway union EVG. For this reason, there will also be no Lufthansa Express Rail service to and from Frankfurt Airport. If your train is affected by a cancellation, please contact a Lufthansa Service Center.
Alternatively, you can also choose another means of transport. Lufthansa will cover the costs for this, provided they are reasonable. As a self-payer, please send your receipts as well as your boarding pass, stating your bank details (IBAN and BIC), using our feedback form.
It has been a spring of strikes around Europe in 2023 due to employees demanding higher wages because of rampant inflation + strikes in France due to pension reform plans.
The rail is the way to go for short/medium-distance travel around Europe due to stations being in city centers and high-speed rail widely available.
I just took the Eurostar on Monday and will take it back to London from Paris on Saturday. I have some rail travel within Italy coming next month too.