Join us as we ride on vintage steam trains through wild
landscapes and romantic gorges to discover charming towns with
timber-framed houses and cobbled lanes. Wernigerode, a beautiful
town amidst the mountains, provides an excellent base for this
wonderful rail holiday.
1 outbound overnight stay in Cologne, and 5 nights at the 4-Star HKK Hotel Wernigerode in Wernigerode
Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking.
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
10 meals including 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - London to Cologne
We depart from St Pancras International by Eurostar to
Brussels, travelling in First Class, with a light meal and drinks
served on board. Our journey continues by highspeed train to
Cologne for an overnight stay. After dinner in the hotel, perhaps
take a stroll through Cologne's Old Town, which has been lovingly
and carefully restored to its pre-war appearance. You can admire
the pretty pastel-coloured houses, as the narrow streets wind down
towards the Rhine Promenade. Alternatively, perhaps visit a
traditional Cologne 'brauhaus' for a 'kölsch', a lovely way to
round up the day.
Day 2 - Cologne to Wernigerode
After breakfast we join the train across northern Germany to
Hanover. Here, we meet our coach which takes us through the Harz
Mountains. We continue through the magnificent landscape of the
Harz region to the stunningly beautiful town of Wernigerode, we are
greeted by mulled wine on arrival and stay for five nights at the
HKK Hotel Wernigerode. The Harz Mountain range is an area of
undulating forests peppered with pretty lakes. Such terrain is
ideally suited to narrow-gauge railways and a network was built in
the pioneering days of the railway. Today the Harz Mountains system
offers a wonderful public transport service and steam-hauled
tourist trains with beautifully restored vintage rolling stock.
Day 3 - The Brocken Railway
Today we embark on a scenic rail journey on the Brocken
Railway to the summit of Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz
Mountains at 3,743 feet (1,141m). We enjoy stunning panoramic views
of the Upper Harz National Park as we wind our way up the mountain
to the terminus, Brockenbahnhof, the highest narrow-gauge railway
station in Germany. This towering summit has long been associated
with dark forces, perhaps most famously in Goethe's Faust, and
during the Cold War Brocken was a military base used for border
surveillance. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the mountain was
off limits to all but the Soviet army. Given its altitude, Brocken
Mountain was the perfect location for the world's first television
antennae and today it offers one of Europe's most spectacular
lookout points, commanding wonderful views of the sloping treelined
Day 4 - Guided tour of Goslar
This morning we travel by Standard Class rail to medieval
Goslar, nestled at the foot of the Harz Mountains. Older than
Berlin, this former Free Imperial city is a UNESCO World Heritage
site and is crammed full of fantastic, historic architecture,
including half-timbered houses dating back to the early 16th
century. We take a guided tour of the picturesque town, discovering
some fine examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
After the tour, you have some free time to continue exploring
independently; perhaps visit the Kaiserpfalz. Built at the
beginning of the 11th century after silver had been discovered in
the area, the grand Kaiserpfalz is a delight to explore. The
impressive building, designed primarily as a summer residence, is
now the largest Romanesque palace in all of Europe.
Alternatively, you could visit the Rammelsberg Mining Museum,
which provides a fascinating look into the industrial history of
Goslar. The mine here was in operation for an unbroken period of
over 1000 years. At its height the operation had the largest
deposits of copper, lead and zinc in the world. The energy for this
vast mining system was provided by the Upper Harz water management
system. This impressive system was first constructed in the Middle
Ages by Cistercian monks and later dramatically expanded. The
entire area now has UNESCO World Heritage status, and showcases the
industrial heritage of this region of Germany in superb
Day 5 - Exploring Wernigerode
You are free to explore Wernigerode today. A particular
highlight of this beautiful town is the grand Wernigerode Castle.
Sat upon a hill, this is a building straight from the pages of
fantasy. Constructed on the site of an old medieval fortress, it
was rebuilt into it's current Neo- Romantic style in the 19th
Day 6 - Quedlinburg and the Selke Valley Railway
Our excursion today is to the beautifully preserved town of
Quedlinburg. Here we take a guided walking tour, following which we
have the opportunity to explore at our own pace. Here you can
discover the cobbled streets, passing a fine collection of medieval
timberframed buildings and Romanesque architecture in the Old Town,
which has UNESCO World Heritage status. Considered to be one of the
best-preserved medieval and renaissance towns in Europe, it offers
a wealth of history and culture, whilst also having a modern flair
and fabulous examples of Art Nouveau architecture. The Burgberg
"castle mountain", an imperial stronghold dating from as early as
the 10th century, and the Romanesque Collegiate Church are also
both well worth a visit.
This afternoon we embark on a wonderfully scenic journey on the
historic Selke Valley Railway, whose terminus is now in
Quedlinburg. The quaint railway is arguably the region's best-kept
secret. The route ascends into the Harz Mountains through a varied
landscape. This metre-gauge railway was dismantled by the Soviets
at the end of World War II, but was then subsequently rebuilt as
far as Gernrode in the post-war years. With reunification the
Selke Valley Railway, or Selketalbahn, was
acquired by the Harz Mountain Railways and the line finally
extended to Quedlinburg, allowing greater tourist access to this
nostalgic journey though dense forests and mountains.
Day 7 - Homeward Bound
We leave Wernigerode today, transferring to Hanover by coach
where we join the First Class rail service to Cologne. Here we
connect with the Eurostar service to London.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
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approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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.
Every thing was fine well organised hotels were good.
Mrs G Lunt
We thoroughly enjoyed the excursions and being based in Wernigerode. The hotel was very clean and comfortable but there was little fresh bread at breakfast and the food at the evening buffets was of variable quality.
All as expected other than the description of the harz 'mountains'.
The description led us to believe the region was mountainous. It wasn't.
Mr G MacDougall
Organised guided tours were to long and too fact based. The very cold temperatures were not taken into account.
Mrs L Pilfold
We really enjoyed the holiday. The hotel was good and well situated. The food was good too. All the trips out were good too.
Mrs J Hardy
Well organised,comfortable travel and accommodation!no problems