Harz Explorer

Brocken steam train
Harz Railway
Steam Train up the Brocken - © lcrms/shutterstock
Harz Mountain Railway, Wernigerode
Wernigerode
Wernigerode - © John Robson
Wernigerode Castle

Holiday Highlights

  • 3 Day Harz Rail Pass for unlimited travel
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Quedlinburg
  • Steam train journey to the top of the Brocken
  • Evening meal on first night
  • Explore Frankfurt with travel card included
  • Standard class rail travel with reserved seating where available
  • 7 Days from £1,395pp
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Tour Dates:
Saturday 12 June to Friday 18 June 2021

Our escorted tours to the world famous Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (HSB) never fail to attract plenty of attention. With daily steam trains and over 140km of narrow gauge line to explore the HSB is a delight and one not to be missed. We include three full unlimited days travelling on the railway.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – High Speed to Aachen

Lunchtime Eurostar from London St. Pancras International to Brussels Midi where we connect to high speed train to Aachen. The hotel Ibis Aachen 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

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 to explore the 140km of narrow gauge railways as much as you like. A must is a visit to the top of the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains and in northern Germany. There are 11 trains a day which climb to the top of the Brocken, all steam hauled, and on 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 well worth a visit. This UNESCO World Heritage town can be reached from Wernigerode by travelling over 97km on narrow gauge lines using the pass included, or 42km on standard gauge (at an additional cost). The town has many winding streets in which a large selection of half-timbered buildings crossing five centuries can be found. Nordhausen on the third extremity of the network combines the narrow gauge railway with urban transport operated by trams including two HSB operated diesel/electric combination trams. The tour leader will be on hand to assist with timetable planning, to help you make the most of the three days, and will keep an eye on the weather to advise the best day to make the ascent up the Brocken.

Day 6 – South to Frankfurt

Transfer from the hotel 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, 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 make a change on to the Eurostar to London. Arrive back in London mid-afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Aachen 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
  • Frankfurt travel card for local transport
  • 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: £1,395
Single room supplement: £227
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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