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Harz Winter Steam Railway Holiday


The Winter Harz

Snow, Steam, Sausages And Schnapps

Holiday date: Tuesday, 6th February 2024
7 days for  £1549 per person
£3098 for two people sharing
Single supplement £200
Tour reference: HW7/1
Price, based on 1.1 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause)

The very best destination for steamy scenes and snowy vistas is the Harz Mountains in Germany. Picture steam trains thundering through snowy, still forests, sausages and schnapps. We’re coming for all of that and more with the best steam railway experience there is – anywhere in Europe.

Holiday Highlights

The crisp winter air provides ideal photographic conditions
Ride on all of Europe’s largest steam train network
Private charter at Klostermansfeld
Medieval architecture abounds
To the summit of Broken Mountain
Possibly the finest hotel we use

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday

We’re off - from London on the lunchtime Eurostar to Brussels and then THALYS to Cologne for an overnight stay at the superb 4* Marriot Hotel enabling us to hit the Harz by lunchtime tomorrow.

Day 2 - Wednesday

Our journey to the Harz is completed using both ICE and Regional Express trains to arrive in the area about lunchtime. Here we meet up with our private coach that will accompany each day providing exciting lineside opportunities for photographers and spectators throughout the holiday. In a scenic introduction we ascend the Wurmberg Mountain which overlooks the Brocken – how about a glühwein in the log cabin at the summit? We’ll arrive in Wernigerode by steam train and check in.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Thursday

We’re off to explore the lesser visited Selketalbahn (Selke Valley Railway) today. This “quieter” part of the network has steep gradients and sharp curves within the rocky, forested, landscape. The pound up the branch-line to Harzgerode is a certain highlight whether sat in one of the comfortable heated carriages or hanging off the balcony.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Friday

The Harz is great for railways of course but there is so much more to see. Expect some sightseeing in charming towns (Quedlinburg has UNESCO world heritage status), a witch’s hideout, photo opportunities in the woods and maybe even a ramble and a snowball fight – great variety and great fun!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 - Saturday

The longest journey one can take across the Eastern Harz by train is from Wernigerode to Nordhausen on the Harzquerbahn (Trans-Harz Railway). In Nordhausen we have time to play with the trams before heading to Klostermansfeld for a privately hired train on the Mansfelder Bergwerksbahn. Photo’s, friendly fun with our pal Thomas and perhaps a Gherkin or two!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 - Sunday

As highlights go today’s is quite literal. We’re off to the summit of The Brocken, completing our explorations of the entire Harz network. We’ll devise a flexible itinerary that will allow for independent travel downhill so that one can make best use of the timetable. We’ll even throw in a “behind the scenes” railway experience late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
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Day 7 - Monday

Our return journey to the UK is achieved in one day via Hanover & Cologne to Brussels and then Eurostar to London arriving in the evening – all very relaxed.

Meals: Breakfast

Summing up

So, a steamy wintry holiday to start the new continental season, bed & breakfast at “top notch” hotels, Inside Track planning at it’s very best, a blizzard of hospitality, and guaranteed fun and frolics. At €1.1 to the £ the price is £1549.00 per person with a £200.00 single supplement. Be warned, there are no truly “twin” rooms at the main hotel, just two singles pushed together to accommodate such requirements – two mattresses though!


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Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

Marriott Hotel, Cologne

Situated in the vibrant city center of Cologne, Germany, Marriott Hotel offers stylish accommodations near celebrated attractions. A plush 4 star, close to the station and Cathedral.

Features and Facilities

All public areas non-smoking
Shoeshine stand
Coffee/tea in-room
Mobility accessible rooms
Room service
Concierge desk
Newspaper delivered to room, on request
Safe deposit boxes
Valet dry-cleaning
Air conditioning
Alarm clock
Electrical adapters
Iron and ironing board
Luxurious bedding - down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens
Mini fridge
Color TV
4 Star

Weisser Hirsch, Wernigerode

Our base when we are in the Harz is the excellent Weisser Hirsch Hotel in the heart of medieval Wernigerode. This four-star has beautifully appointed rooms, welcoming staff, a pleasant bar and fine restaurant. It is among the very best hotels we use, anywhere. The town is an absolute joy in which to stay as well, brimming with half-timbered buildings, cosy restaurants, and our hotel overlooks the stunning town square with its imposing town hall.

Features and Facilities

49 hotel rooms
Shower and WC
Hair Dryer

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Other meals
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