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Harz Mtn & Berlin by Rail video

Discover Germany’s history, architecture and landscapes by Eurostar and steam train on this 9-day tour where you’ll stumble across everything from breathtaking gorges and chocolate-box Gothic towns, to sky-high cathedrals and Renaissance castles.

Tours by Rail

9 Days from £869

Sep 2017 - Sep 2017 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Standard-class return rail travel by Eurostar/European train provider from St Pancras International or Ebbsfleet International
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 8 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, plus 6 dinners
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Hotel porterage

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour of historic Cologne, the ‘Metropolis on the Rhine’
  • Enjoy a steam train ride on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway
  • Panoramic tour of the once-divided city of Berlin
  • Visit the medieval town of Hamelin, featured in the ‘Pied Piper’ folk tale
  • Visit to the the Dambusters’ target, the Möhne Dam

Itinerary


You’ll depart by Eurostar from London St Pancras International or Ebbsfleet for the journey to Brussels. Your journey continues by high speed rail to Cologne for an overnight stay.

A sightseeing tour of Cologne with a Local Guide has been arranged for you this morning. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere and discover a long history evident in the architecture. From here you’ll travel by road to Hahnenklee, an ideal base for your Harz Mountain adventure. You’ll stay here for six nights on a half board basis.

Board the steam train at Wernigerode for an included rail trip on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway. Connecting small towns and villages, this local line is used by commuters, schoolchildren and tourists. Take in the magnificent views of the Hochharz National Park as you travel to Brocken station, which lies at just over 3,700ft. On your return you’ll have time to explore delightful medieval Wernigerode.

Join our optional excursion to the infamous Second World War prison Colditz Castle for a guided tour, then on to the rejuvenated city of Leipzig.

Join an optional excursion to the charming town of Quedlinburg, where there will be time to explore the maze of streets lined with some of Germany’s oldest timber-framed structures and red-roofed homes that give the town a ‘model village’ feel. We continue to the UNESCO-listed town of Goslar, famed for the intricate carvings that adorn picturesque houses.

Today’s optional excursion starts in Thale, a beautiful town at the edge of the mountains where the River Bode flows out of its gorge. Here you can take the open chair lift to the Rosstrappe or the cable car to the Hexentanzplatz. From here, travel by coach to Kyffhäuser and see the magnificent monument commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm I.

Today we include a full-day excursion to Berlin – a remarkable city packed with culture, history and attractions. Our tour takes you to the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Under den Linden and the State Opera House. You’ll see the famed border crossing site ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, thronging Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower.

You’ll depart Hahnenklee today and journey to Dortmund. En route a stop will be made in the medieval town of Hamelin, famous for the folk tale ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’. We also visit the Dambusters’ target, the Möhne Dam, which has been rebuilt since being breached in 1943 by the bouncing bombs dropped from the Lancasters of 617 squadron. The whole area is now a haven of peaceful recreation and there’s the opportunity to take a boat trip out on the water.


You’ll journey to Cologne, from where you’ll take the train to Brussels. Here you’ll connect with the Eurostar for your return journey to Ebbsfleet or London St Pancras.


Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us so please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Quedlinburg and Goslar

Quedlinburg and Goslar

from £46

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Quedlinburg is a UNESCO world heritage site on account of its amazing wealth of historic half-timbered housing. It still has a small quaint town feel, and is developing a specialist line in antiques and facinating bric-a brac. The market square provides many opportunities for refreshment and exploration or you can enjoy a walk with a sharp final ascent up to the historic Minster, through a quaint ancient part of the city. The Romanesque minster was consecrated way back in 1129, and from up there are fine views over the varied roofs of the town. A chance to see the revival of a unique town in East Germany. Your approach into Goslar is past the imposing walls and gate tower. Once a wealthy town so full of silver that its caused a 'silver rush' in the 10th century, it also became the principal seat of the Holy Roman Emperors over a thousand years ago, and a great Cathedral and Palace were built, along with half-timbered houses. The Cathedral has now gone, but the Palace was restored in the 19th century. Only a short walk away is the busy old market square, with the great market church and Town Hall and other mediaeval buildings, demonstrating the town's past wealth in dramatic and sometimes mischievous style. Goslar was always in the West, and gives the day an interesting contrast. This day out is really one not to miss out on!

Three-quarter day - Minimal Walking - Superb Experience

Harz Explorer

Harz Explorer

from £58

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Our visit takes in both sides of the Harz today. Stopping first in Thale, a town steeped in history and legend, where the views spread to the distant Elbe. Here you can experience the legendary 'Horse's Hoof' or even the 'Witches' Dance Floor' and soak up the atmosphere! Followed by a scenic drive through the wooded slopes over the Harz to Kyffhäuser, perhaps have lunch here (at own cost) under a tower and see the statue of an emperor high above the surrounding plain, giving views for miles and miles, whilst below the legendary Frederick Barbarossa is said to sleep awaiting his call to action!

Full Day – moderate walking – an absolute must!

Colditz and Leipzig

Colditz and Leipzig

from £70

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A fascinating full day excursion featuring a guided tour of the infamous Colditz Castle. Colditz Castle once housed the notorious German military prison Oflag IVC, where a number of prominent Allied Prisoners of War Officers and Allied prisoners were held hostage. Perhaps most famous for the legendary escapes made by Allied POWs from the ‘escape-proof’ prison, the remarkable Allied feats are chronicled in the nearby Museum which you may choose to enter, which showcases many of the actual tools and uniforms used by the POWs. You will also get to visit the thought-provoking World War II prison which has been preserved as a reminder of Germanys harrowing past. A tribute to the atrocities and the millions who lost their lives in all aspects of the war. Shocking, moving and often heart-wrenching, a visit to any World War II site is a must for anyone interested in learning more about Germany’s past. You will also get to see the rejuvenated city of Leipzig for a more light hearted side to Germany.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Highly Recommended

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £165

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You can save money and enhance your holiday with this Prebookable excursion package...

Quedlinburg and Goslar / Colditz and Leipzig / Harz Explorer

Accommodation

The 4-star Mercure Hotel Severinshof is situated in the heart of Cologne.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, and a terrace. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, mini-bar, complimentary wi-fi and a TV.
The 4-star Hotel Walpurgishof is situated in the village of Hahnenklee within reach of the Harz Mountains.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, complimentary wi-fi, balcony or terrace and a TV.
The 4-star Pullman Hotel is situated in the centre of Dortmund.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, and a terrace. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Mercure Severinshof Hotel - Cologne

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

Departing from

Departure date

Duration

Was

Now

Status

 

St Pancras International

Sunday 10 September 2017

9 Days

£869

Available

Outbound
Eurostar

Sunday 10 September 2017

Departs

08:58 St Pancras International

Arrives

12:08 Brussels Midi

Operated by

Eurostar

Overseas Rail

Sunday 10 September 2017

Departs

14:25 Brussels Midi

Arrives

16:15 Koeln Hbf

Operated by

Overseas Rail

Inbound
Overseas Rail - RAIL

Monday 18 September 2017

Departs

11:43 Koeln Hbf

Arrives

13:35 Brussels Midi

Operated by

Overseas Rail

Eurostar - EURO

Monday 18 September 2017

Departs

14:56 Brussels Midi

Arrives

16:03 St Pancras International

Operated by

Eurostar

Ebbsfleet International

Sunday 10 September 2017

9 Days

£869

Available

Outbound
Eurostar

Sunday 10 September 2017

Departs

09:15 Ebbsfleet International

Arrives

12:05 Brussels Midi

Operated by

Eurostar

Overseas Rail

Sunday 10 September 2017

Departs

14:25 Brussels Midi

Arrives

16:15 Koeln Hbf

Operated by

Overseas Rail

Inbound
Overseas Rail - RAIL

Monday 18 September 2017

Departs

11:43 Koeln Hbf

Arrives

13:35 Brussels Midi

Operated by

Overseas Rail

Eurostar - EURO

Monday 18 September 2017

Departs

14:56 Brussels Midi

Arrives

15:45 Ebbsfleet International

Operated by

Eurostar

What our Tour Managers say

We asked our Tour Manager to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because the variety and breadth of the scenery, cities and experiences as we journey from our base in the mountains to both parts of a once divided land, make this such an enjoyable holiday to get to know the fine country that Germany is today.
John Parry - Tour Manager
 
Harz Mountains & Berlin by Rail - September 2016

Eurostar

Eurostar

MEET EUROSTAR’S NEW TRAINS
With sleek lines, designer interiors and a whole host of eco-friendly upgrades, Eurostar’s shiny new trains are now rolling into service on the London to Paris route.

IN THE LOOP EN ROUTE
Eurostar has perfected every last detail, from clever seat cushions to smart technological touches. And with free wi-fi and entertainment coming soon, you’ll be able to stay online and in the loop, all the way.

INTRODUCING CAFÉ MÉTROPOLE
From fresh Lavazza coffee and flaky morning pastries, to warming meals, drinks and nibbles, there’s something for everyone in the new look bar buffet. So, if you get peckish en route, drop by to order a drink or a bite to eat.

Please note: New train type cannot be guaranteed for all journeys

Eurostar
Eurostar
Eurostar

Harz Narrow Gauge Railway

MapHarz Narrow Gauge Railway is the largest network of narrow gauge railways in Germany, stretching over 140kms of track through countryside. The trains run through areas of steep gradient and natural beauty. The track connects three main towns of Wernigerode, Nordhausen and Quedlinburg along with other small towns, there are three interconnecting lines which extend over 48 stations. The railway attracts over a million passengers a year.

It is the longest unbroken narrow-gauge in Europe with daily steam services. It has a fleet of 25 steam engines, 10 railcars, 6 diesel engines and several Historic railway carriages. The Narrow-Gauge Railway company (HSB), which operates the Trans-Harz, the Selke valley and the Brocken summit lines, figures among the most interesting narrow-Gauge railway services in Germany thus it led to the company being classified as a historic monument in 1972 as a living proof of railway and engineering art!

At Wernigerode station, there is a smell of coal, warm oil and sulphur in the air, the station masters and porters are dressed in smart uniform and greet passengers cheerfully. This is where your trip starts, where the track runs in the midst of picturesque houses right across the town, dark forests, rushing streams and snow-capped mountains. Passengers are treated with Kaleidoscopic Journey along the numerous splendours of the Harz.

Brocken is the highest and most famous mountain of the Harz and part of Harz National Park. The only way up is by steam train from Wenigerode or walking. The Brocken line has been running since 1898, following damage from the 2nd world war and the division of Germany, the Brocken line was discontinued until after the reunification. From 1910 the steam locomotives began to travel regularly again after being renovated. Up to 6 pairs of trains run up to the top of the Brocken Mountain daily during the winter months and more so in the summer. The fastest train takes just 49 minutes to reach the summit, climbing 1,141 m.

Harz Narrow Gauge Railway
Harz Narrow Gauge Railway
Harz Narrow Gauge Railway