Harz Explorer

Steam train on the Brocken
Travelling through Wernigerode on the Harz Railway
Harz Railway
Quedlinburg Castle
Wernigerode Town Hall

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore 140km of steam narrow gauge railway
  • 3 Day Harz Rail Pass
  • Ascend the Brocken Mountain by steam train
  • Time to explore Quedlinburg – a UNESCO World Heritage town
  • Time in Wernigerode and Frankfurt
  • Good quality hotel in the heart of Wernigerode’s old town
  • 7 days from £990pp
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Tour Dates:
Saturday 17 June to Friday 23 June 2017

Our escorted tours to the world famous Harzer Schmalspurbahnen are very popular. Spend three days travelling on steam trains over 140km of narrow gauge lines through delightful countryside.


Day 1 – High Speed to Aachen

We start our tour by taking a lunchtime Eurostar from London St. Pancras International through the Channel Tunnel to Brussels Midi where we connect to high speed train to Aachen. The Ibis Hotel am Marschiertor is found a short walk from the station and dinner this evening is included in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2 – Onwards to Wernigerode

After breakfast we take a morning train to Cologne where we make a change to an ICE service to Hannover. After a stop to change trains we join the regional network again, travelling via Goslar to Wernigerode for a late afternoon arrival. Transfer to the Weisser Hirsch, our hotel for the next 4 nights, located on the picturesque Market Square.

Days 3 to 5 – Exploring the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen

We have included a 3-day rover pass for you to explore the 140km of narrow gauge railways as much as you like. A must is a visit to the top of the Brocken, this mountain is the highest peak in the Harz Mountain range and the highest in northern Germany. There are 11 trains a day which climb to the top of the Brocken, all steam hauled. If we are lucky enough to be granted a clear day we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the tree-lined hillsides and surrounding countryside. The Brocken was a look-out and “listening” post in Soviet days due to its commanding views across the west and today there is a museum at the summit telling the story of its role in the cold war period. Quedlinburg at the far end of the Selketalbahn is also well worth a visit. This UNESCO World Heritage town can be reached from Wernigerode by travelling over 97km on narrow gauge lines using the rover pass, or 42km on standard gauge (at an additional cost). The town has many winding streets of half-timbered buildings built over 5 Centuries. Nordhausen on the third section of the Harz network combines the narrow gauge railway with urban transport operated by trams, including two HSB operated diesel/electric combination trams. Your tour leader will be on hand to assist with timetable planning to help you make the most of the three days and watch the weather forecasts to advise on the best day to make the ascent up the Brocken.

Day 6 – South to Frankfurt

We have a transfer booked to take us to the station to board a morning train via Vienenburg and Braunschweig to Frankfurt. We are due to arrive early afternoon and, after checking into the InterCityHotel Frankfurt for an overnight stay, the afternoon is free to explore. A local transport card is included for the local area.

Day 7 – Homeward Bound

After a leisurely breakfast we take the direct ICE along the high speed line to Brussels where we connect with the Eurostar to London. Arrive back in London mid-afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel am Marschiertor, Aachen

Weisser Hirsch, Wernigerode

InterCityHotel, Frankfurt

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail to and from Wernigerode
  • 3-day HSB rail pass
  • Transfers as stated
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Evening meal on first night
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £990
Single room supplement: £170
Deposit for this holiday: £100
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2016

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