Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. (H. D. Thoreau)
To go by train is for me the ultimate way to recover and regain strength and energy.
Once you have embarked the first train you're locked up in a railway car or station - a quite restricted space - for 25 hours or more.
It doesn't matter if you consider a four-hour wait in a cold Hamburg Hauptbahnhof as heaven or hell, you have to accept it - it is a necessary part of your journey anyway.
You decide if you want to be alone or want a chit-chat with your fellow travelers, whether friends and colleagues may reach you or not, if you just want to see the scenery pass by or read a good book.
Doesn’t sound so fancy, does it?
After 50-60 hours of travelling in a weekend you’ll understand what I mean – perhaps.
It is quite easy to tailor a trip after your taste and ability (as you may see in the sections on routes and booking), so once you know what you want – get it.