Katja Burkard lets off train steam – “Sit on the floor for 100 euros”

Not that celebrities only travel first class!

Anyone who thinks that stars and well-known TV faces are only chauffeured in luxury planes is wrong. RTL presenter Katja Burkard (57) also travels by train, second class. Very down to earth – in the truest sense of the word.

Because train travel is known to be one of those things. Especially in summer, one chaos day follows the next.

Among other things, Katja Burkard moderates the lunchtime magazine “Punkt 12” on RTL

Photo: ddp social media service

But Burkard’s experience has nothing to do with the 9-euro fiasco. Because the moderator (“Point 12”) tells in her Instagram story that she bought an ICE ticket. For just under 100 euros, the second class went from Berlin to Cologne on Thursday.

Quite a lot of money that the train can cost there. What the presenter got for it: a place in the aisle on the floor. After all … with quite a few 9-euro trains, standing room is already in demand.

Katja Burkard greets her followers from the ICE - from the floor class

Katja Burkard greets her followers from the ICE – from the floor class

Photo: Instagram/Katja Burkhard

She does not say whether Burkard had a seat reservation. Allegedly, her train was canceled and she was therefore assigned a smaller ICE that did not have enough seats.

“Paid almost 100 euros, but no more seats in 2nd class! How can a company sell something it doesn’t have?” Burkard lets off steam!

Which train cancellation Burkard means is not exactly known. According to BILD information, the smaller ICE 654 was not affected by breakdowns or disruptions. But since several people had to squeeze into the train, it was probably even fuller than it already was.

The fact is: not only the pissed-off moderator, but also other travelers were stuck on the ground of facts. Burkard asked another passenger with a BahnCard. She was no longer entitled to a place either.

Full platforms and trains are currently not uncommon, and seats are scarce without a reservation

Full platforms and trains are currently not uncommon, and seats are scarce without a reservation

Photo: Georg Wendt/dpa

This also applied to first class, where Burkard did find free seats, but they promptly had to leave them again. Nevertheless, she leaves the railway staff out of her angry speech: “You are great! (…) It’s not your fault!” said the moderator.

Then the turning point: after almost an hour and a half’s drive, Burkard reports back. Sitting! A place became available. According to the timetable, the ICE 654 arrived in Cologne 10 minutes late at 11:18 a.m. Whether Katja Burkard was allowed to keep her seat until then remains a secret.

The midday presenter will probably no longer be a train fan. Burkard also raged on Tuesday after a train delay about Deutsche Bahn on Instagram: “I just don’t understand how a company can be so shitty.”

Next time maybe the plane…

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