The Award Winning Leader in Escorted Worldwide Rail Holidays


01904 521 936

Open 7 Days A Week
Please call
Ore Mountains at Christmas

Ore Mountains at Christmas

Please call
Image gallery
(Tour code: ORX19)

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 Berlin, Dresden and Freiburg during your time in the Ore Mountains of Saxony.

  • Berlin
  • Freiberg
  • Journey on the Weißeritztalbahn
  • Dresden
  • Journey on the Fichtelbergbahn
  • Journey on the Lößnitzgrundbahn
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Journey on the Weißeritztalbahn
    Journey on the Fichtelbergbahn
    Journey on the Lößnitzgrundbahn
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    2 Lunches
  • Visit to the Meissen Porcelain Factory or Colditz Castle

Ore Mountains at Christmas 2018Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Days 1-2 Berlin


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 and Berlin. Arriving into the German capital, check into your hotel where you enjoy a buffet dinner later tonight. On Day 2, we take a guided tour, exploring the fascinating stories behind iconic landmarks like the Brandenburg gate and Checkpoint Charlie. After our tour, we head to the station to catch our train to Freiberg in the beautiful Ore Mountains in Saxony.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 Weißeritztalbahn

Christmas on the Weißeritztalbahn and in Dresden

Today is Christmas Eve and our excursion takes us to the vibrant town of Dresden. Full of gorgeous examples of Baroque buildings, Dresden is the capital of Saxony, and its impressive resplendence is evidence of its fantastic history and economic power. We enjoy a guided tour here before some free time to marvel at the superb Christmas displays. Before leaving, we enjoy lunch in a Dresden restaurant.

On Day 4, it is Christmas Day and we enjoy the first of our rail journeys on this tour. Delving deep into the Saxony countryside and the Weisseritz Valley, the Weißeritztalbahn is the oldest narrow gauge railway still open to the public. A wonderful steam engine, this railway is a trip back in time through the serene beauty of the Ore Mountains. We enjoy a Christmas lunch at the hotel on our return. Later, we embark on a tour of Freiburg, enjoying the half-timbered houses and the charming old Rathaus.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Fichtelbergbahn

Boxing Day on the Fichtelbergbahn

We venture forth on another 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Lößnitzgrundbahn

The Lößnitzgrundbahn

Our final heritage rail journey is on the remarkable Lößnitzgrundbahn. Running through the stunning Lössnitz valley, this steam engine was first opened in 1884, and takes us to Mortizburg where we you have the choice of continuing to visit the Meissen Porcelain Factory to see how the world famous Meissen Porcelain is made, or visiting the menacing Colditz Castle for a guided tour.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Return Home
Return Home

Return Home

We leave Freiburg today, travelling to Frankfurt by rail and then on to Cologne. Here we stay a night before continuing to Brussels, and finally on to London.


Please note: Departure SXW1901 will stay at the Hotel Hohenstaufen in Koblenz.

  • 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 Berlin, 5 nights at the 3-Star Hotel am Obermarkt in Freiburg, and 1 inbound overnight stay in Cologne

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • 3 journeys on heritage steam railways including the Weißeritztalbahn, the Fichtelbergbahn, and the Lößnitzgrundbahn
  • Guided tour of Berlin
  • Sightseeing tour in Dresden and Freiburg
  • Visit to the Meissen Porcelain Factory or Colditz Castle

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys from £75 per person per journey

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

Kathryn Cambridge
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Julie Pacalon
Ore Mountains at Christmas

Enjoy an authentic German Christmas


Winter & Spring 2018/19

A superb range of Christmas Markets, Christmas, New Year and Winter rail tours.

Order Brochure
GRJ Independent

Tailor make this tour with Great Rail Journeys Independent

Click to enquire
Similar tours
View Shortlist 0