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The Harz Mountains Fly:Rail

(Tour code: 6HZF)Experience a one of a kind rail holiday

Travel the Harz Mountains, the highest range in northern Germany, by train on the Brocken and Selketal Railways for scenic journeys through spruce woodland and narrow valleys.

Tour Highlights
  • Hahnenklee
  • Goslar including a guided walking tour
  • Wernigerode
  • Journey on the Brocken Railway
  • Quedlinburg
  • Journey on the Selketal Railway
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Flights to Hanover
Day 1

To Braunlage

Today you fly direct from London to Hanover where you will take the coach to the Harz Mountain resort of Braunlage where you stay at the 4* Maritim Braunlage Hotel.

  • Dinner
  • Scheduled Flight
Day 2


You travel by coach to Goslar, a historic city which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival, you enjoy a guided walking tour of the city, which is home to 1,500 buildings dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. After the revealing tour, you have some free time to continue exploring at your leisure. You can perhaps walk through the beautiful Altstadt or Old Town, and its halftimbered buildings. One place that should not be missed is the magnificent Imperial Palace dating back to the 11th century. Another option would be to visit the Rammelsberg mine, now a world heritage site it was the only mine to be worked for 1,000 years continuously until it closed in 1988. Alternatively you could visit the Market Church St. Cosmas and Damian. A fascinating Lutheran church in the centre of Goslar and the main parish church of the town. The original building dates back to the 11th century. The church is Romanesque in design and makes a striking landmark in the centre of the town with its double towers, within one sits a watchman's room. Be sure to visit the Stabkirche Hahnenklee Stave Church, also known as the Gustav Adolf Stave Church. Stave churches were once prevalent in Europe in the medieval period. Because of their mainly wooden construction not many have survived. A particularly unique style, this church is certainly worth a visit. Alternatively you could see the Rathaus Hall of Homage, Goslar's Town Hall. The original part of the building dates back to the 15th century and over the following 400 years the hall was continuously extended and enlarged as Goslar enjoyed a period of prosperity because of its flourishing mining industry and its membership of the Hanseatic League. Today the Town Hall is still used as the Lord Mayor's office. The Hall of Homage is a former council chamber and particularly interesting for its stunning interior design. The room is almost entirely covered in wood panel paintings. After years of painstaking restoration the room is now open for the public to enjoy.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
Day 3

At leisure in Braunlage

Today you are free to explore the scenic mountain resort of Braunlage at your leisure. Perhaps take the Wurmberg Cable Car to the summit of Wurmberg Mountain and enjoy the majestic views that sweep over the Harz. The cable car is the longest in Germany, so there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Alternatively you could visit Braunlage's attractive Old Town. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
The Brocken Railway
Day 4

The Brocken Railway

You take a coach to Wernigerode, where you board a steam-hauled train for a trip on the Brocken Railway. First opened in 1898, the narrow-gauge line was only open to the military during the Cold War, but re-opened to the public in 1991. The route takes us through the stunning scenery of the Upper Harz National Park to the peak of the Brocken, the Harz region's highest mountain. During the Second World War the line was damaged as a result of mortar fire, and following repair was reopened in 1949. Following the re-unification of Germany in 1990 the train was opened again for public use. Ever since visitors have been able to appreciate the scenery on offer as this steam-hauled service slowly climbs to the Brocken summit.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Selketal Railway
Day 5

Quedlinburg and Selketal Railway

Our excursion today is to the beautifully preserved town of Quedlinburg. With hundreds of half-timbered buildings, this alluring town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a delight to explore. Quedlinburg is considered to be one of the best preserved Renaissance towns in Europe as it escaped much of the bombs delivered to German cities during World War II. Be sure to visit the Church of St Servatius perched upon Castle Hill overlooking the town. It makes up part of the UNESCO protected region of the town and is one of the most a striking landmarks of Quedlinburg. You then enjoy a journey on the Selketal narrowgauge railway which is operated by steam and diesel engines, and takes us through the beautiful scenery of the Harz Mountains. This famous railway line runs through the heart of the verdant forests of the Harz region, a favourite with local nature lovers. The line was unfortunately dismantled for scrap by the Soviet Army at the end of World War II in the spring of 1946. By the autumn it was being rebuilt as a necessity for transporting Fluorospar - an important mineral used in the iron smelting process. The scenery of the route is characterised by its location as it follows the course of the Selke Valley. Due to its popularity the line was extended in 2006 to run through to Quedlinburg.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Day 6

At leisure in Braunlage

Enjoy another day at leisure in delightful Braunlage. Relax using the hotel's excellent facilities or perhaps explore the nearby region further.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

To London

Today you transfer to Hanover airport for the direct flight back to London.

  • Breakfast

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