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Germany Winter Steam Railway Holiday

Harz Winter Railway Holiday

Harz Winter Wonderland

Snow, steam and schnapps

Holiday date: Wednesday, 9th February 2022
Europe
Germany
8 days for  £1549 per person
£3098 for two people sharing
Single supplement £200
Tour reference: HW8/1
Price, based on 1.10 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause)

What a destination the Harz Mountains are and winter is the perfect time to visit! Marvel at the Hansel & Gretel architecture as we chug along on atmospheric steam trains through the snow and the crisp clear air.

Holiday Highlights

Travel the entire Harz system
Enjoy “hanging around” in Wuppertal on the famous Schwebebahn
Atmospheric photographic opportunities in the snow
A private charter, and gherkins, at Klostermansfeld
Visit Quedlinburg, a UNESCO world heritage town
Steam to the summit of Brocken, 3700 ft up!

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday

We’re off - from London on the lunchtime Eurostar travelling to Cologne for an overnight stay at the Marriott Hotel.

Day 2 - Thursday

This morning we complete our journey to the Harz using both ICE and regional express trains to arrive in the area about lunchtime. Our first afternoon involves time in Braunlage, or an ascent of the Wurmberg (the peak opposite the Brocken) by mountain gondola, and concludes with a steamy arrival into Wernigerode.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Friday

We head off by luxury coach to the southern terminus of Nordhausen and then enjoy the uphill steam hauled journey between here and the junction of Drei Annen Hohne. Now, a literal holiday highlight. We’re off to the summit of Brocken with options to return to Wernigerode allowing for as much time as individuals need. Fine weather will have been ordered as the view from the top is breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Saturday

Today we head to the Selke Valley to ride the least used sections of the system. We will rail using local services to Quedlinburg and then join the morning steam departure. Throughout the day our coach will shadow us providing photographic opportunities and we know all of the best places. A stunning day of steam in the forests that includes the branch lines to Hasselfelde, Harzgerode and Eisfelde Talmuhle – don’t forget your camera!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 - Sunday

More steamy journeys in the woods this morning and then it’s an afternoon out of the Harz. A real holiday highlight is in store with our privately hired steam train on the Mansfelder Bergwerksbahn. Expect refreshments on board (probably beer & gherkins!), photographic indulgences, and a really friendly welcome - something a little bit special and great fun!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 - Monday

The last full day in the Harz is packed with options (at no extra cost, of course) as we present opportunities to do some “local” stuff including a “behind the scenes” railway experience. You might enjoy a guided stroll in the forest, a gondola ride to a witch’s hideout, and a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Quedlinburg.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 - Tuesday

We leave Wernigerode behind and travel by rail across Germany to Wuppertal. Here, after checking into our hotel there is opportunity for a ride on the famous Schwebebahn. This is a (modernised) 120 year old suspension railway that runs for over 8 miles between Vohwinkel and Oberbarmen, hanging 40 ft above the River Wupper. It’s great fun and a great way of seeing the city.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 - Wednesday

Our return journey to the UK is achieved by way of changes in Cologne and Brussels. We should be back at St Pancras International by late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Railways

Coming soon!

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
Gift/newsstand
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

Delightful, quality, 4 star hotel right in the centre of medieval Wernigerode, overlooking the cobbled central square with its striking town hall. Great rooms, nice bar and fine restaurant in case you don’t fancy going out of an evening.

Features and Facilities

49 hotel rooms
Shower and WC
Minibar
TV
Safe
Radio
Hair Dryer
4 Star

Flemings Hotel, Wuppertal

A fine hotel, right next to the station and dingle-dangle railway.

Features and Facilities

Free WiFi
Air conditioning
Restaurant
Bar
Laundry
Snack bar/deli
Soundproofed rooms
Lift

What's included

Transport

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

Entertainment

All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

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