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Golden Harz Steam & More

Golden Harz Steam & More

A rare opportunity to travel almost the whole of the Harz Mountains system by steam capturing the golden autumn colours. Add to this a private 750 mm steam charter, standard gauge steam at a very rarely visited location, and view a former DB steam depot and its collection we have a truly great rail holiday to rediscover the beauty of German steam in golden autumn colours.

8 Days From Only £1499

 

DEPARTS

Monday 26 October 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Your choice of First or Standard Class rail travel to Germany and return

  • 3 days of autumnal steaming on the Harz Mountains Railway

  • Rare standard gauge steam on the 32 Kms Hessencourrier line at Kassel

  • Private steam charter on the 750 mm Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn

  • Guided tour of the MaLoWa railway shed with goulash soup lunch

  • Visit Stassfurt locomotive collection at the former DB steam shed with barbecue meal

  • Stay in the heart of historic Wernigerode, the capital of the Harz region

  • Ride the amazing Schwebebahn ‘dingle-dangle railway’ at Wuppertal.

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 7 nights’ bed & breakfast, 3 evening meals, 1 light lunch, 1 barbecue.

  • 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

DAY 1

By Eurostar to Brussels and onward by high-speed train to Wuppertal for a welcome evening meal at the Fleming's Express Hotel.

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DAY 2

An amazing and totally unique journey on Wuppertal's century-old 'space ships' - the Schwebebahn elevated railway - before continuing to historic Wernigerode the capital of the Harz Region, at the foot of the beautiful Harz Mountains.

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DAY 3

Today we storm the Brocken by steam. The Brocken is the highest mountain in Germany and we enjoy the thrill of the locomotive working flat out as it circumnavigates its way to the summit. After a short break for sightseeing and photography you have the choice of returning aboard the steam train direct to Wernigerode, or alighting at the junction station of Drei Annen Hohne to enjoy an afternoon photographing and experiencing the steam trains arriving and departing from this scenic location before re-boarding a steam train service to Wernigerode.

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DAY 4

Today we have a fabulous full day of steam on the delightful rural section of Harz line known as the Selkethal. We commence by travelling on the scheduled regional train to Quedlinburg where we board a HSB steam train on the rural Selkethalbahn to Alexisbad. Here the steam locomotive runs round the train before taking the train back as far as Gernrode. After a lunchtime break we steam back to Alexisbad then onwards over the Selkethal line via Stiege to the branch line terminus at Hasselfelde. From Hasselfelde our steam train returns to Stiege and continues to Eisfelder Talmühle. At Eisfelder Talmühle we will enjoy a light evening meal in the station buffet, after which we board the evening railcar for the direct journey back to Wernigerode.

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DAY 5

We travel by train to Klostermansfeld 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 by train 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 Wernigerode.

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DAY 6

A morning and early afternoon to relax at leisure and enjoy the beautiful town of Wernigerode before we travel by steam along the whole of the thickly wooded Harzquerbahn line from Wernigerode to Nordhausen via Drei Annen Hohne. Here we transfer by DB to Kassel where we have a welcome evening meal and two night's accommodation at the Inter City hotel.

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DAY 7

Our final day of superb steam as we travel on a standard gauge steam excursion over the Hessencourrier line between Kassel and Naumburg. This delightful line features stock dating back to the 19th century through to the 1950's to give an authentic journey of a Hessian train travelling along a scenically picturesque and steeply inclined route.

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DAY 8

Bidding farewell to Kassel we return by high speed train via Cologne and Brussels, arriving back in London in the evening.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Fleming’s Express Hotel, Wuppertal

This modern 4-star 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’. Among other things, the rooms are equipped with free high-speed Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and fitness centre.

 

Alt Wernigeroder-Hof Hotel Wernigerode

This traditional 3-star hotel in Wernigerode town centre offers quiet rooms and a daily breakfast buffet. Wernigerode Train Station is just a 6-minute walk away. All rooms at the Garni-Hotel Alt Wernigeröder Hof include a modern bathroom and cable TV. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the hotel’s public areas.

 

InterCity Hotel, Kassel

This 3-star 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

£1499

First Class rail travel

to / from Germany, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£1799

Tour Base Fare join Wuppertal & leave Kassel

£1285

Single Room Supplement

£198



 

Fare inclusive of:

7 nights’ bed & breakfast, 3 evening meals, 1 light lunch, 1 barbecue.

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.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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