OPEN-access operator RDC Germany has announced it is postponing the introduction of its summer overnight services linking northern Germany with Salzburg, Austria, and Lake Constance.

The Alpen-Sylt Night Express between Westerland (Sylt)/Hamburg and Salzburg/Konstanz is now due to start on July 15, after RDC originally planned to start the service on March 25 in time for Easter. The service was due to run once or twice a week between May 20 and November 7, but coronavirus restrictions across Germany to reduce the spread of a third wave of infections have made this impossible.

Pre-bought tickets can be transferred to departures in 2021 or 2022, or simply refunded.

The 2021 service will be more complex than the Westerland - Salzburg service offered in 2020, which was introduced at short notice, with the train splitting south of Gem√ľnden (Main) to also serve Konstanz on Lake Constance with intermediate stops between Frankfurt and Radolfzell.

A range of accommodation options from a seat and couchette to sleeper compartments and deluxe sleeper compartment will be available on the train.