Dresden to Kiel

Dresden by the River Elbe - © GNTB/Kiedrowski, Rainer
Dresden CarGo tram
Hamburg at night - © GNTB/Pollak, Jürgen
Aerial view of Kiel - © GNTB/Franke, Oliver
Mendolssohn Museum in Leipzig - © Dreßel, Christoph

Holiday Highlights

  • Overnight rail travel from Cologne to Dresden
  • Paddle steamer tour on the river Elbe
  • Two narrow gauge steam railways
  • Sightseeing in Liepzig
  • Miniatur-Wunderland
  • City transport tickets
  • 10 Days from £935

Series 2, Episode 3 Great Continental Railway Journeys. The rail journey traverses northern Germany with sightseeing stops in the reconstructed city of Dresden, Leipzig, defined by its musical heritage, the historic charms of Braunschweig, to modern Kiel, known as the gateway to the Baltic Sea, before reaching cosmopolitan Hamburg which boasts a world famous miniature railway.


Day 1

Depart by Eurostar at lunchtime and travel via Brussels to Cologne. Connect with overnight train to Dresden. Sleeper berth included.

Day 2

Arrive Dresden early morning. Stay 2 nights in Dresden. Your hotel will provide a local public transport ticket which is valid on buses and trams. There is a wealth of interest in this city which was badly damaged during WWII and you may also be able to take a paddle steamer tour on the river Elbe.

Day 3

Free day based in Dresden. The most famous landmark is the Frauenkirche which was in ruins for many years after the bombing in 1945. It was finally completely rebuilt after reunification and is an exact copy of the original. Within easy reach of the city there are two narrow gauge steam railways.

Day 4

Leaving Dresden after breakfast a short journey on an InterCity service will bring you to Leipzig for a 2-night stay. Again the hotel will provide a public transport ticket for the local area. The main station in Leipzig is one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in Europe and has been completely refurbished. Famous for its connection to music, Leipzig is the home of Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann as well as the Thomas Church Choir.

Day 5

Free day based in Leipzig.

Day 6

By rail after breakfast for the short journey to Braunschweig. The city has an historical 'old town' area and has been the capital of the German state of Brunswick for 900 years since it was made so by Heinrich der Löwe (Henry the Lion). Look out for the lion statue, the symbol of the city. Overnight stay.

Day 7

Leaving after breakfast a two hour journey with a change of trains in Hannover will take you to Hamburg. Stay for 3 nights. Hamburg has a long maritime history and much historic architecture. Your city transport pass will help you explore and is valid on all modes of transport within the greater Hamburg area.

Day 8

Free day based in Hamburg with your transport pass. Make time for a visit to Hamburg's Miniatur-Wunderland which is a delight for all ages. At busy times it is advisable to pre-book to avoid the queues.

Day 9

Day trip from Hamburg to Kiel, the capital of the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Whilst the city was badly damaged during WWII it has been largely rebuilt and its harbour remains the focal point of interest.

Day 10

An early departure by train via Cologne and Brussels will make a connection with Eurostar and get you back to St Pancras early evening.

Price Includes

  • Standard class travel as shown
  • Hamburg transport pass
  • 8 hotel nights B&B in 3* hotels with en suite facilities
  • A berth in a 2 berth sleeper on overnight train

Price per person

From £935 per person sharing

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