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Germany's Mountains and heritage railways

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20212022
10 days From £1,695 per person

2022 Tour code: HRJ22

About the tour

We immerse ourselves in the history and scenery of two of Germany's most picturesque regions. Explore the half-timbered houses and peaks of the Harz Mountains by railway before discovering the natural beauty of the Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Cologne

We meet at London St Pancras for the Eurostar to Brussels before continuing to Cologne for the night.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – Goslar and Wernigerode

We make our way to Hanover before journeying through the Harz Mountains by coach. We stop in the scenic mountain town of Goslar en route, where there's free time to look around. Home to almost 1,500 buildings dating from the 15th to 19th centuries - 168 of which are were built before 1550 - you may like to wander these historic streets, admiring the fantastic range or architecture. Alternatively, on the edge of town you'll find the Rammelsberg mountain, a former UNESCO-protected mining site that boasts an informative museum. Making our way to Wernigerode afterwards, a quaint, colourful town dating back to the 9th century, we check into our hotel for four nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Brocken Railway

We discover the dense forests and clear lakes of the Harz Mountains today as we travel along the Brocken Railway. On board, we enjoy an exclusive experience in our private carriage, a refurbished 1920s affair, celebrating with a welcome drink before the train steams towards Brocken, the highest mountain in the area. We're accompanied by a specialist guide who'll talk to us about the fascinating Cold War background of the area and, at the summit, we visit the Brocken House Museum. Detailing the surprising history of Brocken, once rife with espionage, you can learn about, and see, GDR bugging devices as well as take an interactive flight over the mountain.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Quedlinburg and the Selketal Railway

We travel by coach to Alexisbad, boarding the Selketal Railway to Gernrode for a nostalgic, steam-hauled journey through dense forests and brooding mountains, following the course of the winding River Selke. On arrival, we continue by coach to Quedlinburg, a town with a peaceful Romanesque church and incredibly preserved red-roofed houses. With free time, you may want to walk from the Old Town up to Quedlinburg Castle, which has a superb vantage point overlooking the Harz Mountains and surrounding enchanting forests.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Wernigerode

Enjoy a free day to see the local sights, such as Wernigerode's beautiful 'schloss', or castle, perched on a forested hill above the town. The 16th-century town hall is also worth visiting, with its attractive half-timbered façade looking out over the colourful townhouses that line the cobbles of the main square. You could also take a ride on the Harz Narrow-Gauge Railway, a section of the longest narrow gauge railway in the country or visit the Museum für Luftfahrt und Technik, a very popular aviation museum housing about 45 aircraft and more than 1,000 aerospace-related exhibits.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 – Assmannhausen

Bidding farewell to the Harz Mountains, we make our way to Assmannshausen by coach and rail, a picture-postcard destination nestled among the vineyards of the Rhine Valley. Here, we check into our hotel for a four-night stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – Rhine Gorge cruise

Driving to Boppard, we have time to look around this riverside town before a relaxing Rhine cruise to St Goar. Here, we enjoy some more free time before returning by boat to Assmannshausen, sailing through the most celebrated section of the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge. Sheer banks rise up, towering over the river below, draped in deep forests and miles of lush vineyards, lending an almost fairytale feel to the waterway. Along the way, we admire scenic views of ancient castles and pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, once said to be home to a beautiful nymph who would lure sailors to their watery grave with her heavenly voice.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 – Assmannhausen

Enjoy a free day to explore Assmannhausen and the surrounding area. The village boasts a remarkably well-preserved centre, crammed with timber-framed houses and crooked narrow streets. One of Assmannshausen's best-known sights is the quirky Painted House. Here, windows, doors and people have all been painted very realistically on a flat wall, fooling a number of passers-by with its startling detail. Another popular option for the day is to take a ride on the Sesselbahn, a chairlift which rises high above the threadlike vineyards. Or, you could visit one of the nearby wine estates, which produce some of Germany's most popular red wines, for a tasting.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 9 – Rüdesheim

The final full day of our holiday takes us by train to charming Rüdesheim, famous for its excellent viticulture and storybook like appearance. Here, we visit a local winery where we taste some delicious local vintages and learn more about the production process. With free time afterwards, you might like to take a stroll along the Drösselgasse, a street lined with traditional pubs and wine cellars where you're sure to find a cosy spot to sample the town's signature drink - the indulgent Rüdesheimer Kaffee. You may also like to stop by Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of self-playing instruments, or take the town's cable car up over the vineyards for terrific views of the region.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - London

Following breakfast, we transfer to Cologne by coach where we board the train to Brussels. From here, we travel on the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Alte Bauernschänke Hotel, Assmannshausen

Alte Bauernschänke Hotel, Assmannshausen

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HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode

HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode

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Trains

Brocken Railway
Eurostar
ICE Train
InterCity
Selke Valley Railway
Thalys

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Reviews

4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 36 reviews

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Martin Biswell

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2020

Brilliant holiday great places visited but would have preferred to stay in the Herz mountains for whole holiday

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Mr K Williams

5 stars

Submitted 15 Sep 2020

Well organised; great trips out by steam train, coach, boat, and chairlift; travel competently rescheduled at short notice to cope with changes to Covid restrictions.

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Mr P Troutman

5 stars

Submitted 04 Nov 2019

This was our first trip to Europe. Our experience was beyond expectations. The tour director, the accomodations, the fellowship of the group all combined to make it memorable.

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Mrs B Herridge

4 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2019

Great holiday in a lovely area. The hotel in Boppard was beautiful but it would have been nice to have a more varied choice of menu for the evening meal.

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Mr T Halliwell

4 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2019

Rather too much coach travel this time

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Mr K Hockley

5 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2019

The holiday was well organised.

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