Harz Autumn Gala

Steam Train on the Brocken
Harz locomotive being turned
Museum train on the Harzerschmalspurbahnen - © Alan Heywood
Climbing to the Brocken
Departing from Wernigerode Westentor
Wernigerode - © John Robson
Wernigerode Castle

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy 3 days of steam travel at the Harz Autumn Gala
  • Stay in Medieval town of Wernigerode
  • Travel by steam up the Brocken
  • Visit Cologne outbound and Düsseldorf on return
  • Standard class rail travel with reserved seating
  • Transport city card covering the Rhine-Ruhr area
  • 8 days from £1,111pp
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Tour Dates:
Tuesday 17 October to Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Harzer Schmalspurbahnen never lets us down when steam trains are concerned and this October is no exception as we head to Wernigerode for the annual Gala. We enjoy three days of steam trains on the railway as we join the HSB Interest group on their “Kleinbahnromantik im Selketal”


Day 1 – Cologne

We start our tour by taking a mid-morning Eurostar from London St. Pancras International to Brussels where we connect with a high speed train to Cologne. Our hotel for tonight, the Ibis Köln am Dom, is found within the station building.

Day 2 – Onwards to Wernigerode

We take a morning train travelling via Hannover and Goslar to Wernigerode for an afternoon arrival. Transfer to the Weisser Hirsch, our hotel for the next 5 nights.

Day 3 – Wernigerode at leisure

A free day today. The railway is operating a standard service today or there is the town to explore. The castle overlooking the town holds a fascinating museum and is well worth a visit. Those not wanting to make the climb can take the road train which departs from the Market Square.

Day 4 – The Brocken

After a free morning we depart from Wernigerode behind one of the railways historic Mallets (built in 1897). We travel towards Drei Annen Hohne and up the Brocken reaching 1,141m. The Brocken is the highest peak in the Harz Mountains and, if we’re lucky enough to be granted a clear day, we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the tree-lined hillsides and surrounding countryside before returning to Wernigerode.

Day 5 – Mixed traffic to Eisfelder Talmühle

Today we join a mixed freight train to Eisfelder Talmühle. There will be plenty of run pasts and other photographic opportunities.

Day 6 – Wernigerode, Eisfelder Talmühle and Quedlinburg

Today we join our heritage train again from Wernigerode to Eisfelder Talmühle where we are joined by a mixed freight train as we head down the Selketalbahn from Eisfelder Talmühle all the way to Quedlinburg. We are expecting 99 6001and 99 5906 to be hauling the mixed train. Upon arrival in Quedlinburg we have a coach transfer back to Wernigerode.

Day 7 – Düsseldorf

We take a morning train via Goslar and Hannover to Düsseldorf where we spend our final night at the InterCityHotel. The afternoon is free to explore. A local transport card is included for the local area which includes the line to Wuppertal-Vohwinkel and the famous Wuppertal Schwebebahn.

Day 8 – Homeward bound

We take a morning train to Cologne where we connect with the ICE service to Brussels, making a final change on to the Eurostar to London. Arrive back in London mid-afternoon.

Please note that the details of the Harz Gala program and the availability of the steam locomotives are subject to change.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne

Weisser Hirsch, Wernigerode

InterCityHotel, Düsseldorf

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail to and from Wernigerode
  • 3-day Gala Program
  • Transfers as stated
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,095
Single room supplement: £200
Deposit for this holiday: £100
Due to a change in currency rates a surcharge has been applied to this tour. Please refer to clause 4 of our Booking Conditions. The surcharge is as follows:  
Escorted holiday: £16.60
Single room supplement: £11.32
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st May 2017

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