anyone ever take the train from the UK to Essen? What was it like?
Seems like a pretty civilised way to go.
The first time I went to Spiel (about 7-8 years ago) I went by train.
I consider it very civilized.
Eurostar to Brussels (Süd), then Thalys to Köln (Messe-Deutz)and, finally, ICE to Essen Hbf. (Overnight coach to London, though )
Coming back I used a DR double-deck train between Essen and Köln.
The real trouble was lugging a, very, large bag of loot!