German Summer & Harz Summer Steam & More Combined

German Summer & Harz Summer Steam & More Combined

Combining two glorious summer steam tours exploring the very best of the Harz Mountains railway and many surrounding steam lines.

10 Days from only £1649.00

 

DEPARTS

Saturday 27 May 2017 (10 days)

 

A specially combined version of two great tours. Experience a summer idyll riding, photographing & line-siding in the stunning Harz Mountains region, plus a private vintage tram charter, a private photo steam charter, and the amazing Schwebebahn. Follow this with a summer sojourn on three different gauge steam lines including two private charters, 3 steam depots and a rare steam thrash up one of the steepest standard-gauge lines.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the wonderful Harz Steam Railway in summer

  • Private lineside photographer’s 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

  • Rare opportunity of sensational steam power up the famous Rübeland Railway

  • Private steam charter on the 750 mm Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn

  • Private 600 mm steam photo charter at Mühlenstroth

  • Visit to Stassfurt steam shed

  • Vintage tram charter Halle

  • Guided tour of Magdeburg and Halle Railway Museums

 

 

 

 

DAY 1

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.


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DAY 2

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.

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DAY 3

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.

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DAY 4

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.

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DAY 5

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.

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DAY 6

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 Magdeburg and the Inter City Hotel for four nights.

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DAY 7

We travel by train to enjoy a private steam photo charter with run-pasts and photo stops on the Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn, Germany's oldest narrow gauge railway, which opened in 1880. This 750 mm railway is 11 km long and operates through pleasant rural scenery. We will also be having a guided tour of the MaLoWa railway shed before enjoying a goulash soup lunch.
Our afternoon visit takes us to Stassfurt for a tour of the traditional standard gauge mainline shed which currently hosts 5 locomotives including Class 44 1486. Here we have arranged for a barbecue meal with the volunteers of the railway at their depot before returning by train to Magdeburg.

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DAY 8

Our regional train takes us to Halle for a visit to the DB Museum, featuring an eclectic collection of steam, diesel and electric locomotives, which is then followed by a private vintage tram charter through the town.

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DAY 9

We commence with a visit to the railway museum in Magdeburg which is home to just two steam locomotives, so rarely visited by UK groups. We then travel by train to Blankenburg for a fabulous steam experience thrashing our way up the steeply inclined line in the Harz mountains known as the Rübeland with the brute of a 2-10-2 loco ex Prussian Class 95 027, accompanied by a cacophony of sound. This is a journey not to be missed

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DAY 10

Departing Magdeburg (approx. 09.00 hrs) travelling by train via Hannover and Cologne to Brussels then Eurostar to London (approx 19.00 hrs)

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Inter City Hotel, Magdeburg

The InterCityHotel Magdeburg is centrally located, right next to the city’s main station. Restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite rooms with satellite TV, including Sky Sport and Bundesliga channels, radio, mini-bar and free Wi-Fi. Sky sports bar. Free public transport ticket.

 

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.

 

Inter City 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 Wi-Fi. Free public transport ticket.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Germany, including

Standard Eurostar

£1649

First Class rail travel

to / from Germany, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£1999

Single Room Supplement

£199



 

Fare inclusive of:

 

9 nights’ bed & breakfast, 5 evening meals, 2 lunches.

 

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

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

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.

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