Dresden Steam Festival

Abend - © Dr. Christof Schröfl
Eisenbahnmuseum - © Stephen Painter
Dresden Steam Festival - © Stephen Painter
Kirnitzschtal tramway
Old Loco, Dresden
Old Town, Dresden - © Brian Kinney
Lobnitzgrundbahn - © Stephen Painter

Holiday Highlights

  • Dresden Steam Engine Festival, including evening photographic session at Roundhouse 1
  • Return journey on Kirnitzschtal tramway
  • Return journey on the Weisseritztalbahn & Loessnitzgrundbahn steam railways
  • Travel by paddle steamer on the Elbe River
  • Public transport ticket for central Dresden
  • 8 Days from £1,336pp
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Tour Dates:
Wednesday 6 October to Wednesday 13 October 2021

Our annual tour to Dresden for its Steam Festival has become a firm favourite. Enjoy lots of steam content over the 13th Festival weekend in 2021. Other excursions include return journeys on both the Weisseritztalbahn and Loessnitzgrundbahn and a paddle steamer trip up the Elbe.


Day 1 – Aachen

Early afternoon Eurostar from St Pancras London to Brussels where we connect to the high speed train to Aachen. Our hotel for tonight, the Ibis am Marschiertor, is just a short walk away. Evening meal included.

Day 2 – Onwards to Dresden

Travel via regional services and ICE from Aachen to Dresden. Our hotel for the next 5 nights is the IntercityHotel which is situated adjacent to the main station in Dresden.

Days 3 & 4 – Dresden Steam Engine Festival

We have 2 full days to spend at the festival, as well as tickets for a special photography event on the Friday evening. Exact details of the festival’s programme will be confirmed by the festival’s organisers nearer the time, but we can expect informative presentations, fascinating displays, steam loco cab rides, diesel engines at the Verkehrsmuseum, model trains and both historic and modern locos. We will have access to the festival area around the railway museum and the Dresden traffic museum, as well as an evening, illuminated photo session of steam locomotives at Roundhouse 1, with commentary, and a steam journey ‘special’ (route details are still to be confirmed).

Day 5 – Weisseritztalbahn & Loessnitzgrundbahn

Today we enjoy a return trip on two local narrow gauge steam railways located on the outskirts of Dresden, the Weisseritztalbahn and the 17km Loessnitzgrundbahn line from Radebeul.

Day 6 – Paddle Steamer up the Elbe

A journey up the Elbe River by paddle steamer. We take a morning paddle steamer from Dresden to Bad Schandau, stopping off at Pillnitz en route. At Bad Schandau we board the historic Kirnitzschtal tramway which runs through the valley of the Kirnitzch River to the Lichtenhain Waterfall. The return journey to Dresden is by S-bahn.

Day 7 – Cologne

Morning departure to Cologne via ICE train. Following a change of trains in Frankfurt, we arrive in Cologne early evening. Our hotel is ideally located in the station building.

Day 8 – Homeward Bound

A morning ICE train to Brussels to connect with the Eurostar to London. Arrive back in London mid-afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis am Marschiertor, Aachen

InterCityHotel, Dresden

Ibis Cologne am Dom, Cologne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • All rail travel as stated in standard class
  • 2-day entry to Dresden Steam Festival
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Evening meal included on first night
  • Excursions as stated
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,336
Single room supplement: £176
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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