We’re off - from London on the lunchtime Eurostar travelling to Cologne for an overnight stay at the Marriott Hotel.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fine hotel, right next to the station and dingle-dangle railway.