Harz Winter Wonderland
Wednesday, February 12th

Harz Mountains Steam Railway Holiday

Germany
Wednesday, February 12th
7 days/6 nights
Price: £1,319

Picture steam trains thundering through snowy, still forests and gluhwein in front of log fires. Enjoy Hansel & Gretel architecture, the eaves dripping with icicles and the aromas of hearty country fare. We’re off to the Harz in February for the best steam railway experience there is – anywhere in Europe.

Outline Itinerary

Wednesday

We’re off – from London on the lunchtime Eurostar to Brussels and then THALYS to Cologne for an overnight stay enabling us to hit the Harz by lunchtime tomorrow.

Thursday

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 gluwein in the log cabin at the summit? We’ll arrive in Wernigerode by steam train and check in.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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!

Sunday

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!

Monday

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 intensive timetable. We’ll even throw in a “behind the scenes” railway experience late afternoon.

Tuesday

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

Our Hotel

Weisser Hirsch Hotel, Wernigerode

We are staying at the excellent Weisser Hirsch Hotel in the heart of medieval Wernigerode. It has beautifully appointed rooms, welcoming staff, a pleasant bar and a fine restaurant. This is among the very best hotels we use, anywhere.

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Harz Mountains Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: HW7/1
Wednesday, February 12th
7 days/6 nights
£1,319
Single supplement. *Price, based on 1.05 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause)

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