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Ore Mountains at Christmas

Ore Mountains at Christmas

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(Tour code: ORX20)

Enjoy an authentic German Christmas

Enjoy an authentic German Christmas with this festive tour which delves deep into the heart of rural Germany to uncover magnificent cities, spectacular rail journeys and sublime countryside. Experience steam railways and artisanship during your time in the Ore Mountains of Saxony.

  • Annaberg-Buschholz
  • Journey on the Fichtelbergbahn
  • St Anne's Church with an organ recital
  • Visit to the Miner's Church and the Miner's Nativity
  • Visit to the Ore Mountains Museum
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Journey on the Fichtelbergbahn
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch

Ore Mountains at Christmas 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Annaberg-Buchholz

To Germany

Meet your Tour Manager and the rest of the group at our dedicated departure office at London St Pancras, where you board the Eurostar service travelling to Brussels. On arrival here, change trains for Cologne where you have some time to visit the charming Christmas markets. On Day 2, we head to the station to catch our train to Annaberg-Buschholz in the beautiful Ore Mountains in Saxony.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 Fichtelbergbahn

Christmas on the Fichtelbergbahn

Today is Christmas Eve and we venture forth on a steam train journey today, travelling on the magnificent Fichtelbergbahn through some glorious landscapes, rising higher up into the mountains. This enchanting old locomotive dates all the way back to 1897 and takes us to the idyllic resort of Oberwiesenthal.

On Day 4, it is Christmas Day and we enjoy a visit to the famous Factory of Dreams, a fascinating gallery displaying the incredible craftworks of the Ore Mountains, including toys, miniatures and sculptures made with materials from the region. After this, we sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner, with all manner of German delicacies on offer. Later, we embark on a guided tour of Annaberg- Buchholz, seeing the town lit up in festive splendour including its beautiful townhouses and the town hall.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 Annaberg-Buchholz

Boxing Day in Annaberg-Buschholz and The Ore Mountains Museum

Today, we make the short walk to St Anne's Church in the heart of town where we are treated to a brief, but enchanting organ recital before a guided tour around the Late-Gothic church itself, which dates back to the 15th century. We continue across town to another church, the 16th century St Marien Mountain Church which is famously dedicated to the miners who worked in the Ore Mountains. Within, we see the remarkable Miner's Nativity, whose charming and ornate nativity scenes display the astonishing craftsmanship of the residents of Annaberg-Buschholz.

We pay a visit to the fascinating Ore Mountain's Museum on Day 6, which details the absorbing history of the mining industry which characterised life in this region. We then descend into one of the old mines, to discover first hand what it was like to mine for the silver ore for which this region is known.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Return Home
Return Home

Return Home

We leave Annaberg-Buschholz today, travelling to Cologne by rail. Here we stay a night before continuing to Brussels, and finally on to London.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

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 UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Cologne, 5 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Wildermann in Annaberg- Buschholz, and 1 inbound overnight stay in Cologne

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 7 breakfasts, 1 lunches and 6 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Journey on the heritage steam railway Fichtelbergbahn
  • Excursion to St Anne's Church with an organ recital
  • Visit to the Miner's Church and the Miner's Nativity
  • Sightseeing tour of Annaberg-Buschholz
  • Visit to the Ore Mountains Museum

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.

Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Ore Mountains at Christmas

Enjoy an authentic German Christmas


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