Germany's timeless Harz Mountains are arguably even more spectacular in winter with the towns half-timbered houses and snow dusted forests resembling a picturesque Christmas card scene. For 2020 our popular Harz Winter Wonderland tour has been extended to 7 days to include an extra day to explore beautiful Wernigerode. We have also added an extra date for 2020 due to the 2019 date selling out so quickly, don't delay, join us on a narrow gauge and mountain railway adventure to warm your Harz.
Sunday 9 February 2020
Sunday 22 March 2020
Your choice of Standard & First class travel to & from Wernigerode
UNESCO World Heritage half-timbered Goslar, with included guided tour
Action-packed steam-hauled journey up the Brocken Mountain
Kaffee und Kuchen at the restaurant at the summit of the Brocken
UNESCO World Heritage half-timbered Quedlinburg, a former imperial capital
Steam on the narrow-gauge Selketalbahn Railway
Enjoy light lunch in Alexisbad in the Selke Valley
Also included in your Tour Fare:
Dinner every evening
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar, speeding across Kent and towards France. Our Eurostar terminates at Brussels, where we change onto the German rail system, reaching our hotel in Wuppertal, the InterCity Hotel, for one night.D
Wuppertal is well-known throughout Germany for its unique 'Schwebebahn' suspended railway, which floats high above the river Wupper. The railway dates from the early 1900s and we enjoy a journey on this 'dingle-dangle railway' as it is affectionately known at Railtrail, before re-joining the German rail network, continuing to Hannover and onwards to Wernigerode, where our hotel for five nights is the HKK Hotel
Our excursion by regional railway takes us to the historic and charming town of Goslar. At any time of year Goslar, with its imperial heritage and gorgeous Old Town, is worth a visit. Boasting more than 1,500 half-timbered buildings, Goslar has UNESCO World Heritage status. We learn about the proud history of this thriving town on a guided walking tour.B, D
The regional rail network takes us to a UNESCO World Heritage site today, Quedlinburg. Quedlinburg's patchwork of half-timbered houses has led UNESCO to consider it one of the best examples of a medieval town and the Collegiate Church overlooking the town from its hill a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. From Quedlinburg we take the narrow gauge Selketalbahn through the wintry forests to Alexisbad. Here we settle into the cosy atmosphere of a local gasthaus to enjoy light lunch before making the return journey.B, L, D
This morning we enjoy an exhilarating ride aboard the Brockenbahn, a steam-hauled journey from Wernigerode through wintry landscapes up to the summit of the Brocken mountain to Germany's highest narrow-gauge station and the Harz region's highest peak. At the summit we take in the views from the warmth of the restaurant, enjoying 'Kaffee und Kuchen'.B, T, D
Today we enjoy a day relaxing in Wernigerode and have the chance to explore this pleasant Harz town, with its attractive market square and picturesque town hall. We can take stroll around this pretty town with its half-timbered houses or take a trip up the hill to Wernigerode's stunning Castle. A fond favourite of the Railtrail Tour Managers is Bar Altora located near to the railway station, it has a miniature railway that delivers your drink to your table…a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon!B, D
Leaving Wernigerode, we change trains in Hannover and Cologne. In Brussels we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, T=Afternoon Tea, D=Dinner
InterCity Hotel, Wuppertal
The modern 4-star InterCity Hotel puts you right in the centre of Wuppertal, close to the main station and just a short walk from the Schwebebahn dingle-dangle railway. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and fitness centre.
HKK Hotel Wernigerode
This stylish 4-star hotel is ideally positioned close to the historic old town centre and the Wernigerode narrow gauge railway station. The hotel offers well equipped comfortable bedrooms with TV and hairdryer. Enjoy local culinary delights in the buffet restaurant and relax in the Berliner Ziller bar. Leisure facilities at the hotel include a sauna, gym and jacuzzi.
From London St Pancras International:
First Class rail travel to/from Wernigerode, including Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Traveller Supplement
6 nights bed, breakfast and evening meal, plus a light lunch and Kaffee und Kuchen
Eurostar and rail travel to and from Germany in the class of your choice
All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available for a supplement.
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