Germany. Train crews announce nationwide strike until Aug 25

Union announces nationwide rail strike in Germany until August 25. The strike is also expected to affect connections to and from Austria. Night trains from Zurich to Berlin and Hamburg will be canceled from the evening of Sunday, 22 August, and are not expected to circulate before the evening of Wednesday, 25 August.
Other night trains, ICE high-speed services bound for Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin, and trains between Zurich and Munich will also be affected. Most trains will go only to Bregenz.

The strike will impact regional and long-distance routes nationwide, with only 25 percent of long-distance and 40 percent of regional and local passenger services likely to run Aug. 23-25. Deutsche Bahn has announced that passengers who have pre-bought tickets will be entitled to a refund.

Passengers are advised to check their itineraries before travel. Confirm travel reservations and check public transport schedules for disruptions before beginning journeys Aug. 23-25; make alternative travel arrangements if necessary and allow additional time for essential travel.