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Discover an untouched part of Germany

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6 days From £799 per person
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2022 Tour code: 22HZS

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 stunning medieval centre, many affectionately refer to Wernigerode as the 'pearl of the Harz'.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Wernigerode

Embark on a guided tour that introduces you to the best of Wernigerode. See the towering Wernigerode Castle sat on a forested hill high above the town, a romantic Baroque wonder. After some time 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 section displaying 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. Perhaps 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

Take a 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 on offer as the engine slowly climbs to the top, rising higher 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 drink them in.

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  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Quedlinburg

Your excursion today unveils the beautifully preserved town of Quedlinburg. On arrival, you embark upon 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. It offers a wealth of history and culture, whilst also exhibiting some modern flair and fabulous examples of Art Nouveau architecture. Quedlinburg Abbey, one of the town's greatest landmarks, towers over the town and is a striking sight 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.

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  • 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.

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HKK Wernigerode

HKK Wernigerode, Wernigerode

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Reviews

4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 22 reviews

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Mrs S Thorpe

4 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2019

The tour manager, hotel were good . Goslar was an interesting place to visit. excursions were good.

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Mr M Stoolman

4 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2019

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Mr T Morley

5 stars

Submitted 17 Sep 2018

Very enjoyable holiday; lived up to what we expected.

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Mr A Riches

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2018

Whole holiday was brilliant my problem was the evening meal at the hotel was very poor I couldn't eat the same food every night so I had to go out for my meals otherwise brilliant

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Mr M Barrett

4 stars

Submitted 13 Aug 2018

Overcrowding and delays on German trains and Eurostar delay marred the holiday

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Mrs J Geall

4 stars

Submitted 12 Aug 2018

We had a very good holiday in an area that we had Not visited before.Very nice people on the tour.

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