Rhineland Steam Railway Holiday
The holiday departs from London on the early afternoon Eurostar to Brussels. Travel onwards is by express Thalys train to Aachen where we transfer to the hotel. Time now to check in and then relax and browse around the city centre with its cobbled streets, Cathedral and pleasant squares.
We’re kicking off this story with an incredible highlight. So, we are off to Wuppertal this morning to ride the most spectacular monorail system in the world. For most of the late morning/early afternoon we will enjoy an extensive tour of the area aboard the “floating trains”, including a fully guided trip by “historic” wagon. Our return journey will include more highlights, literally, as we travel over (and under) the awesome Mungstener Rail Bridge, the highest in Germany.
An early start will be rewarded by some splendid scenery in Rhineland and particularly with rail journeys amid varied and at times spectacular countryside. Our coach support today enables us to ride the Vulkan Express into the hills from Brohl and along the Brohltal-Eisenbahn. Next it’s the Ahrtalbahn to Altenahr for lunchtime refreshments and, maybe, some wine tasting (!). Our “circular” tour continues by coach into the Rur Valley, then at stunning Heimbach we take the train again on the Rurtalbahn and back to Aachen.
Better get some scenery and steam today, so we are off to one of the lesser known German steam railways. Lesser known but nonetheless, a real gem. Metre gauge, historic locos, wagons and carriages, and with photo stops, morning coffee and cakes on board, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday morning in Germany than with the Selfkantbahn. Then, there’s no better way to spend Sunday lunchtime and afternoon in Holland, than at the ZLSM steam railway. Operating between Kerkrade and Schin Op Geul, chuffing through the most scenic part of Holland. A super day out and that’s no Whopper Tale!
We head home today after a nice easy start allowing time to explore the centre of Aachen. You might like to browse in Europe’s largest model railway shop or visit the splendid Cathedral. Late morning we head off back to the UK by ICE from to Brussels and arriving back in London by Eurostar mid-afternoon.