Day 1 – To Essen
Early morning Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Brussels where we catch the afternoon Thalys service direct to Essen. The InterCityHotel is a short walk from the station and will be our hotel for the next 2 nights.
Day 2 – Essen
Our hotel provides us with a transport card for Essen. We spend today looking at the metre gauge network of this city in the Ruhr. The Essen tramway network is a 52.4km network of tramways forming part of the public transport system in Essen which lies in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Day 3 – To Hannover
We take a morning ICE direct to Hannover and again stay at the InterCityHotel located close to the main station. The afternoon is free to explore using your InterRail pass or the public transport ticket supplied by the hotel. Kassel is only an hour away by regular ICE and has a unique light rail system, alternatively the tram network in Braunschweig is only half an hour away by hourly ICE services. (Tram tickets in Kassel and Braunschweig are not included in the holiday)
Days 4 & 5 – Hannover
Hannover boasts an extensive standard gauge tram network, part of which is underground. We explore it at leisure whilst taking in the sights of the city. We also make a visit to the Tram Museum in Wehmingen where we take a guided tour and a ride on one of the museums historic trams.
Day 6 – To Leipzig
We take a mid-morning InterCity train to Leipzig where we again check into the InterCityHotel before enjoying a free afternoon exploring the city and its extensive standard gauge tram network. Leipzig is the second largest city in the German federal state of Saxony. It is the industrial centre of the region and a major cultural centre, offering interesting sights and shopping possibilities.
Days 7 & 8 – Leipzig
Two days to explore the Leipzig network. With such an extensive system two days is not enough to cover it all! The tram network is structured like a star with a circle in the centre. Tram lines generally lead from the outskirts into the city, where they half-circle on the ring and continue to someplace else in the outskirts.
Day 9 – Leipzig at leisure
With your transport card you can explore further in Leipzig or if you would prefer a change of scenery the large tram network in Halle is well worth a visit. Halle is a 30 minute journey on the S-Bahn (InterRail is valid) but a Halle transport ticket must be purchased locally for the trams.
Day 10 – To Berlin
We take a lunchtime InterCity service to Germany's capital, Berlin. Our hotel for the next 4 nights is the InterCityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof which is located adjacent to the main station.
Day 11 – Berlin
Berlin has a large tram network and there is plenty to see in this vibrant city so today is free to explore at leisure with your public transport ticket supplied by the hotel.
Day 12 – Schöneiche-Rüersdorfer Strassenbahn and Wolterdorfer Strassenbahn
This morning we visit the only narrow gauge tram line in Berlin the "Schöneiche-Rüersdorfer Strassenbahn" and also the standard gauge Wolterdorfer Strassenbahn both with their heritage trams. The afternoon is free for you to continue your exploration of Berlin.
Day 13 – Potsdam
Today we make the short trip to Potsdam where Churchill, Truman and Stalin met in the summer of 1945 after WW2 ended. Here we explore the standard gauge network.
Day 14 – Cologne
After breakfast we make our way to Cologne. We arrive in Cologne in the early afternoon giving plenty of time to explore the city with your transport ticket after checking in to our hotel, the Hotel Eden.
Day 15 – Homeward bound
We say Auf Wiedersehen to Germany and head back via Brussels arriving in London early evening.
|Price per person:|
|Single room supplement:||£490|
|Senior Citizen discount (European residents):||£36|
|Deposit for this holiday:||£100|
|Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2014|
InterCity Hotel, Essen
InterCity Hotel, Hannover
InterCity Hotel, Leipzig
InterCity Hotel, Berlin
Eden Hotel, Cologne
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
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