I'm traveling from Munich to Karlsruhe, where I'll change trains for Besancon. I'll have 19 minutes to change trains with a big suitcase & a carry-on bag. Is there any way for me to find out at which platform I'll arrive & from which I'll leave? I haven't bought the tickets yet, because I want to get the logistics worked out first. Thank you.
You'll find details at bahn.de. Enter your planned trip and in the details section of any selected trip you'll find which track (Gleis) the train will be on. Then you can go to the station info and I saw a nice PDF with a map of Karlsruhe Hbf. I was looking at this in German, don't know if there is a possibility to have the site in English (Edit: at the top of the homepage you can select languages)
If you select punctuality on the bahn.de website and enter your booking code, it will show you
- If your trains are on time
- The arrival/departure platforms
- Further connections
Please be advised that these platforms can change on short notice. But don't worry, your platform and the platforms of connecting trains are announced when arriving in a station.
Aside from that, 19 minutes is more than enough time, even if you have to ask for directions. Karlsruhe has a relatively small station.