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(Tour code: HZM20)

Visit traditional German Christmas Markets in the Harz Mountains

The Harz Mountains' timeless towns and landscapes are perfect for a taste of Advent tradition in Germany. Our tour visits three Christmas markets, two UNESCO-listed Old Towns and enjoys an exhilarating steam train ride.

  • Wernigerode and its Christmas Markets
  • The Brocken Mountain Railway
  • Quedlinburg and its Christmas Market
  • Goslar and its Christmas Market
  • Guided tour of Quedlinburg
  • Guided tour of Goslar
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Harz Mountains Christmas Markets 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Wernigerode Christmas Markets
Wernigerode Christmas Markets

London to Wernigerode by rail

We depart St Pancras by Eurostar after meeting at our exclusive Departure Office. In Brussels our journey continues to Cologne, where we change trains for Hanover. The final leg of our journey takes us by coach to Wernigerode, where we spend the next five nights at the HKK Hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Brocken Railway
Brocken Railway

Wernigerode and Brocken Railway

This morning we experience one of the highlights of our tour - a wintry journey on the stunning Brocken Railway through the snowy forests to the summit of the Brocken Mountain.

As well as being the Harz's tallest peak, the Brocken Mountain is the host of Germany's highest narrow-gauge railway station. Later we descend back into Wernigerode, and enjoy time to explore its wonderful traditional Christmas Market, in front of the Town Hall. Wernigerode is a charming town, with elaborate half-timbered buildings overlooked by a stunning castle, and is brilliantly illuminated and decorated at this time of year.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Quedlinburg Christmas Markets
Quedlinburg Christmas Markets

Quedlinburg and its Christmas Market

Our rail excursion takes us to Quedlinburg, one of Germany's best kept secrets. The Old Town has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to one of the best preserved collections of medieval buildings in Germany, with its wonderful Romanesque Collegiate Church. The town is the perfect place to sample the true atmosphere of German Christmas Market tradition.

  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 Wernigerode Castle
Wernigerode Castle

Exploring Wernigerode and Goslar

You are free on Day 4 to explore Wernigerode. You may perhaps wish to take a ride on the spectacular Harzquerbahn narrow-gauge railway or visit the impressive Wernigerode Castle,. On Day 5 we head to Goslar, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Adorned with over 1,500 half-timbered houses, a superb setting for one of the most charming Christmas Markets in Germany, we enjoy a guided tour here before time at leisure.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Eurostar Winter
Eurostar Winter

The journey home by rail

We transfer to Hanover to join our train, travelling first to Cologne and then to Brussels. Here we join the connecting Eurostar service to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation in the 4-Star HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode

Delicious meals included

  • 8 meals, including 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • A rail journey on the Brocken Railway
  • An excursion to Quedlinburg, with a guided tour and time to explore the Christmas Market
  • Excursion to Goslar guided tour
  • Goslar's Christmas Market

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys from £85 per person per journey


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets

Visit traditional German Christmas Markets in the Harz Mountains


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