Tour Date: 15 to 24 September 2022Location: Germany

Travel from London, by rail, through Germany spending time in Cologne and Berlin before we arrive at the Harz Mountains and its famous steam railways.

Famous for its network of narrow gauge railways, many of which are still hauled by steam locomotives. Some says it is the greatest steam railway in the world. 48 stations with 86 miles of track on three lines. It runs through the fairytale villages of Germany’s famous Harz mountains. This is Europe’s longest railway network and while other steam trains are now run for tourists only, this line serves the locals too. On board you can take a step back in time and enjoy a ride to the land of mysterious forests, medieval towns and snow-capped mountains.

On our return to London we stop off for a night in Wuppertal, home to the unique, World famous, “Schwebebahn” hanging monorail.

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Tour Highlights


  • Escorted by rail from London St.Pancras
  • First Class seats on ICE trains
  • Guided City tour of Berlin & Potsdam
  • Berlin Technical museum
  • Cruise on steam ship “Gustav”
  • Wernigerode and its castle
  • Vintage tram tour of Halberstadt
  • 3 days on the Harz narrow gauge steam railway network with plenty of chances to photograph and travel on the trains
  • Wuppertal “schwebebahn” hanging monorail
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Prices & Options
  • Booking
  • Gallery
  • Transport & Accommodation

Day 1, Thursday 15 September (D)

We take a late morning Eurostar from St Pancras to Brussels, where we change to  a German high speed ICE train (first class) to Cologne,  arriving at 18.16. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.  Overnight in Ibis hotel outside the station.

Day 2, Friday 16 September (B)

The morning is free to visit the famous Dom Cathedral, witness the busy river traffic on the Rhine, or simply watch trains, At midday we board another ICE train (first class) to Berlin, arriving at 16.13. Transfer to Hotel Aquino for 3 nights B&B.

Day 3, Saturday 17 September (B)

This morning a coach will collect us from our hotel for a guided tour of the city taking in the famous sights with stops for photographs. After a break for lunch, our coach takes us to Potsdam, famous for its splendid palaces, for a guided tour. We are dropped off at the river landing stage where we board the coal fired steam ship “Gustav” for a 1.5 hour cruise. We then return to Berlin by suburban train.

Day 4, Sunday 18 September (B)

This morning, armed with our Berlin welcome card, we take the metro to Berlin Technical Museum which includes a large railway section in the old Anhalter double roundhouse. The rest of day free to explore the city by train, tram or bus or visit one of the museums or palaces.

Day 5, Monday 19 September (B)

This morning we transfer to Berlin main railway station and travel by train via Magdeburg to the romantic half-timbered town of Wernigerode,  arriving 12.17.  We first check in to Railway themed Hotel Altora near the station. The hotel has views of the Narrow gauge loco shed (from a limited number of rooms).

This afternoon we take a walk into the town and board a road train which takes us up the hill to Wernigerode’s restored fairy tale castle where we have a guided visit before returning to the town by road train.

Day 6, Tuesday 20 September (B)

Armed with a 3 day pass for the Harz narrow gauge railway, One can either follow our tour manager for a suggested itinerary, or feel free to explore alone, perhaps trying to travel on as many steam hauled trains as possible. Suggestion would be to take a steam train to Brocken, the summit of the highest mountain in Northern Germany, Breaking the journey at Schierke & Drie Annen Hohne on return for photography/coffee break.

Day 7, Wednesday 21 September (B)

Today we suggest taking the 08.25 railcar to Nordhausen, traversing the whole of the Harz main line, arriving 10.53. Departing Nordhausen 13.25 to Eisfelde Talmuhle where we change to a steam hauled train to Wernigerode arriving 16.33 (the keen ones can get off at Drie Annen Hohne and do another trip to the Brocken).

Day 8, Thursday 22 September (B)

Today we take a standard gauge local train for the short ride to the major railway junction of Halberstadt. A vintage tram awaits us for 1 hour guided tour of city’s tramway. We continue by train to Quedlinburg,  where we join the Selketelbahn steam train to Eisfelde Tahlmuhle, changing to a connecting steam train to Ilfeld. For a short break, then return by railcar to Wernigerode, arriving 20.30.

Day 9, Friday 23 September (B)

This morning we say goodbye to the Harz and take the train via Goslar & Hannover to the city of Wuppertal, arriving 13.38. We check in to Flemings Express Hotel near the Station.  Wuppertal is home to the unique World famous “Schwebebahn” hanging monorail. We will have a pass which enables us to ride and photograph the full 13km line.

Day 10, Saturday 24 September (B)

Mid-morning we take a regional train from Wuppertal to Cologne where we change to an ICE (first class) to Brussels then Eurostar to London. With a late afternoon arrival.

Holiday Prices (per person)

  • From London St Pancras: £1,775

Supplements

  • Single use room add: £295
  • Upgrade to Superior Room in Wernigerode (subject to availability): £60 pp (or £105 in single)

Deposit

  • £300

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Hotels

  • Ibis Cologne, or similar (1 night)
  • Hotel Aquino, Berlin, or similar (3 nights)
  • Hotel Altora, Wernigerode, or similar (4 nights)