Experience a summer idyll in the stunning Harz region. Ride, photograph and line-side fantastic steam. Travel all three lines of the Harz Railway, plus ride Wuppertal's amazing Schwebebahn.
Saturday 27 May 2017 (7 days)
A wonderful summer tour steaming over all three lines of the Harz Mountains Railway: the rural Selkethal and branches, storming the mighty Brocken Mountain, and the opportunity to steam into Nordhausen. Plus a private 600 mm gauge steam photo charter at Mühlenstroth, a visit to Wuppertals excellent tram museum including a private vintage tram charter and of course the much loved Schwebebahn overhead railway.
Enjoy the wonderful Harz Steam Railway in summer
Private lineside photographers bus to hop on and off as you wish
Experience the smells and sounds in an open waggon immediately behind the loco
Trundle with steam along the rural Selkethal
Storming by steam to Brocken summit
A private tour of Wernigerode locomotive works
Based in beautiful old Wernigerode
Private 600 mm gauge steam charter at Mühlenstroth
Private vintage tram charter
Tour of Wuppertal Tram Museum
Ride the amazing Schwebebahn overhead railway
Option to combine with the German Summer Steam Explorer tour
Depart London by Eurostar to Brussels then by high speed train via Cologne to Wuppertal for a welcome evening meal at the InterCity Hotel and perhaps an after dinner relax in the hotel bar.
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the excellent Wuppertal tram museum and a vintage tram charter, followed by a ride over the whole of the amazing Schwebebahn overhead railway. Upon returning to the hotel we collect our luggage and travel by train to Wernigerode and our tour base at the HKK Hotel for an evening meal.
A fantastic day rambling by steam around the rural and rustic Selkethal section of the Harz Railway system. The Selkethal transports you back to the days of lightly-used British branch lines, as the train meanders along at a gentle pace through beautiful pastureland and little river valleys, interspersed by traditional German villages.
To enhance your day we have our own private coach 'shadowing' the train so you can hop on and off as you wish; you can choose to ride the train or get ahead to photograph it. In previous years this has been immensely popular.
Our steam route* is: Quedlinburg - Alexisbad - Gernrode (lunch) - Stiege - Hasselfelde - Stiege - Eisfelder Talmuhle.
*An option to rise early and travel to then ride the short Harzgerode branch with steam is available at a supplement, payable locally.
We commence with a private guided tour of the Wernigerode locomotive works. We then storm by steam up the Brocken Mountain, hauled by one of the 2-10-2 tank locos of the Brockenbahn. We return to the junction station at Drei Annen Hohne where you have three options included in your tour fare …
1) Take a steam trip (sitting in the open cabrio wagon if you wish) to Eisfelder Talmühle then returning by steam to Wernigerode via Drei Annen Hohne.
2) Just enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Drei Annen Hohne station watching and photographing the steam departures.
3) Or from Drei Annen Hohne you can return direct to Wernigerode by steam to enjoy an afternoon sightseeing in one of Germany's most historic and pretty towns.
Back in Wernigerode we have another fine buffet evening meal at our hotel.
Relax all day in Wernigerode if you wish, or at no extra cost have another superb day of steam on the Harz Mountains Railway. With the freedom of the timetable there are lots of options but you may like to join the Tour Manager who will be steaming up to Drei Annen Hohne and onwards beyond Eisfelder Talmühle to the terminus of the Harzquerbahn at Nordhausen then returning back over the Harzquerbahn aboard a modern railcar to Wernigerode thereby travelling over all the HSB routes during the tour.
Bidding farewell to beautiful Wernigerode we travel by train back as far as Gütersloh for the short transfer to the 600 mm Dampf-Kleinbahn Mühlenstroth where we have a private steam photo charter and lunch at this 1 km line that has proved so popular with clients previously. We then continue by train to Wuppertal with a farewell evening meal at the Inter City hotel.
We travel by train via Cologne and Brussels, then onwards to London St Pancras International arriving late afternoon.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
InterCity Hotel, Wuppertal
This city centre hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite rooms include satellite TV, radio, mini-bar and WiFi internet connection.
Hotel HKK, Wernigerode
This stylish, 4 star hotel is close by the historic Old Town and offers modern, comfortable rooms, featuring flat-screen TV and radio. Enjoy culinary delights in the buffet restaurant and relax in the bar or sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi & infrared cabin.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to / from Germany, including
First Class rail travel to / from Germany, including Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
6 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 1 light lunch
Standard Class rail travel and seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)
All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded an-suite room, single rooms available for a supplement
GUARANTEED FARE No currency surcharge
If wishing to travel BY AIR to join the tour: Please contact us with your variation request so that we may confirm availability and fare variation.
Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.
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