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Discover an untouched part of Germany

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20222023
6 days From £899 per person

2023 Tour code: 23HZS

About the tour

Travel through the Harz Mountains, the highest range in northern Germany, experiencing a scenic journey on the Brocken Railway and discovering historic cities on guided tours.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Wernigerode

Meet at London St Pancras and board the Eurostar to Brussels. Continue to Hanover by rail, and then make your way to Wernigerode. The town is picturesquely situated on the northern slopes of the Harz Mountains, with the Holtemme River flowing right through it. Due to its natural beauty and preserved medieval centre, many affectionately refer to Wernigerode as the 'pearl of the Harz'.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Wernigerode

Today a guided tour introduces you to the best of Wernigerode. You'll see the enchanting Wernigerode Castle set high above the town on a forested hill, a romantic Baroque wonder. After discovering the town's rich history on your tour, enjoy some time to explore at your own pace. Perhaps take a stroll through the Altstadt, or Old Town, where gorgeous half-timbered buildings line the streets, lending a fairytale touch to the area. The town hall, known as the Rathaus, is a must-see, with traditional bay windows, striking towers and pretty stained-glass finishes. For a touch of local heritage, head to the Harzmuseum where there's a collection of fossils, rocks and minerals from the nearby Harz Mountains, as well as interesting exhibits about the town and a display of beautiful artworks.

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  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Goslar

Visit Goslar for a guided tour. The historic city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to thousands of fascinating buildings dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Goslar boasts the Kaiserpfalz, also known as the Imperial Palace of Goslar, the largest Romanesque palace in Europe. This afternoon is free. You might like to visit the Marktplatz. The Martkbrunnen fountain here is exceptionally old - its lower basin is from the 12th century and was the largest piece of bronze cast anywhere at that time. On the south side of the market square is the arcaded Kaiserworth guildhall, dating back to 1484 and decorated with statues of Holy Roman Emperors. You could sample some classic German cuisine in one of the many traditional cafés lining the square; try traditional schnitzel accompanied by a cold local beer.

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Brocken Railway

Step back in time today as you take a steam-hauled train for a trip on the Brocken Railway to the summit of Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains. Admire the striking scenery as the engine slowly climbs to the top, rising high above Upper Harz National Park and showcasing a landscape of pretty forests and rushing streams. You arrive at Brockenbahnhof, the highest narrow-gauge railway station in Germany. The fantastic vantage point at the summit allows for some glorious views across the mountains below, and you have time to appreciate them.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Quedlinburg

Your excursion today unveils the beautifully preserved town of Quedlinburg. On arrival, you enjoy a guided tour of this old German town. With its cobbled streets and hundreds of half-timbered buildings, the alluring town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval and Renaissance towns in Europe. The town has a wealth of history and culture, combined with a modern flair and fabulous examples of Art Nouveau architecture. Quedlinburg Abbey, one of the town's greatest landmarks, towers over the town with its twin spires and terracotta roofs. After your tour, you're free to make your own discoveries.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - London

You take a coach to Hanover, where you join the train to Brussels, via Cologne. Here, you join the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

HKK Wernigerode

HKK Wernigerode, Wernigerode

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4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 34 reviews

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Mr Richard Popplewell

2 stars

Submitted 25/Sep

Very disappointing . The Brocken railway trip was cancelled. Do we get a refund and if not why not? I know it was not your fault it was cancelled but something could have been arranged to replace it.

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Gerry B, Morecambe

4 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

Wernigrode was a lovely place and the hotel was nice. The discount vouchers were useful and we we used a few of them. It was unfortunate that we had problems with the trains in Germany, but we managed to explore all three of the lines on the Harz Mountain Railway System by ourselves and still met up with the party at Quedlinburg with plenty of time to look round part of the town.

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Alexander John Cheetham

4 stars

Submitted 21/Sep

Very good apart from late running trains and could not go to the top of the Brocken. Train only went half way.

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David Pooley

3 stars

Submitted 17/Sep

The towns visited were very picturesque and the hotel was good and well located. Unfortunately there were delays on all the German trains. Cologne station was completely closed on the return journey necessitating diversions and having to travel on trains we were not booked on, causing severe overcrowding. Aachen station was chaotic, with a constantly changing departure board and our tour manager shouting to make herself heard above the general noise. Having missed our Eurostar connection in Brussels, arrival in London was three hours later than planned. Not Rail Discoveries' fault but it was a tiring journey.

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Mr Robinson

4 stars

Submitted 16/Sep

A chance to visit a new area in Europe. An interesting trip. Being the youngest on the trip (under 50) did not affect the interaction with others on the trip. These trips are not just for those who have retired. A downside was the canceled rail trip up the Broken Mountain, (out of the tour managers control, forest fires) The train travels at the start and end of the trip were extended due to railways issues across Northen Germany, the Tour Manager work hard to keep everyone informed with the changes to the rail journey home.

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Mr Reginald Smith

1 stars

Submitted 16/Sep

DID NOT LIVE UP TO EXPECTAIONS, ISSUES WITH HOTEL AND TRIP UP THE HARZ MOUNTAIN WAS NOT RUNNING, MAKING THE WHOLE TRIP A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. TRAVEL BETWEEN HARZ AND UK CHAOTIC AND EXHAUSTING IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, ON THE RETURN JOURNEY WE ARRIVED HOME AT 6AM ON 10th SEPTEMBER. THE GUIDE ON THE TRIP WAS OUT OF HER DEPTH, DID NOT SPEAK GERMAN AND HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF STATIONS AND TRAIN MOVEMENTS.

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