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Rhineland German Steam Railway Holiday


Bonn Voyage

Hanging around in Wuppertal

Holiday date: Thursday, 11th April 2024
6 days for  £1395 per person
£2790 for two people sharing
Single supplement £240
Tour reference: BV6/1
Price, based on 1.1 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause)

New to the 2024 brochure is a Spring trip to Rhineland and beyond. Gorgeous scenery, full of vine covered slopes, can be discovered within the hilly terrain and the nostalgic transport interest is abundant. Treat yourselves to a springtime delight – not to be missed.

Holiday Highlights

A terrific scenic cruise on The Rhine
Steam to the volcanoes with the Brohtalbahn
Fun swinging over the Wupper on a hanging railway
Seek out a dragon by rail to a mountain summit
Visit the most popular German narrow-gauge line
Enjoy steam in the Netherlands “mountain” region

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday
After meeting at St Pancras International we take the lunchtime Eurostar to Brussels, change for the THALYS train to Cologne, and finish the day with a short “local” hop to Bonn. The hotel is right outside the station and so after check-in you are free to either dine in or head off to discover the delights of the town.
Day 2 - Friday
By tram and riverside metro we travel to Konigswinter and stroll up to the Drachenfelsbahn. This fabled funicular railway takes us to the summit of Dragon Mountain to (rescue a maiden no doubt and) take in the great views of the Rhine and surrounding countryside. Onwards then by rail down both banks of the Rhine on the way to Bacharach. From this lovely half-timbered town, we enjoy a wonderful scenic cruise on the Rhine passing castles, vineyards, the Lorelei Rock and spotting trains on both banks of the river.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Saturday
After breakfast we take a morning drive to the north and Schierwaldenrath for coffee/cake and steam. Then it’s a short hop across the Dutch border to the ZLSM for a steamy ride through the most mountainous part of the Netherlands. Our return journey to Bonn is by rail from Duren and then through the Eifel Mountains.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Sunday
A relatively local day to the south of Bonn sees us enjoying a morning run on the Brohtalbahn. This is a steeply graded line that climbs into the Vulkan Hills – indeed the top section is so steep that it used to be a rack railway. Our coach meets us at lunchtime and we enjoy a very pleasant rural journey though the Vulkan National Park to Altenahr. We are now truly in wine country. Some time is allowed to enjoy this quaint town before we return to Bonn by rail down the Ahr Valley – a splendidly scenic journey with vineyards and rock outcrops on either side.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 - Monday
We have saved a real holiday highlight till last. The schwebebahn in Wuppertal is a suspension railway that dangles above the river Wupper between the suburbs of Oberbarmen and Vohwinkel. Special arrangements will ensure that this is a truly memorable experience. We are going to get there and back by rail as well as fitting in an afternoon road trip to the Mungstener Park to see the highest railway bridge in Germany – as well as the lovely riverside views.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 - Tuesday
Time to head for home but an easy start allows for a final leisurely breakfast. We then retrace our route with a local train to Cologne followed by crack German ICE to Brussels. The final leg of our adventure is provided by Eurostar and we should arrive back in London before the rush hour!
Meals: Breakfast


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Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

Intercity Hotel, Bonn

The most convenient to the station hotel that we use….anywhere! This place is very, very, comfortable, swish, modern and a delight to stay at. It has a bar and restaurant to rival anywhere but being slap bang in the city there are also bars and restaurants aplenty nearby.

Features and Facilities

Free WiFi
Air conditioning
Non smoking hotel
Central Location
Soundproof rooms
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower

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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