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Harz Mountains ~ Historical Trains And Fairytales In Germany

  • Duration: 8 days
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  • Tour Ref: D2TELL8126

8 days

The Harz Mountains, Germany’s northernmost mountain range, is a fine area of natural beauty, with its pine-covered hills, green valleys and half-timbered medieval villages.  The area is rich in legend and fairytales and has many beautiful castles and gardens.  We include a return train ride on the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen – a 60km narrow gauge railway which runs from Wernigerode to Nordhausen across the Harz mountain range.  A ride on this unique rail line takes you through idyllic landscapes, across deep wooded valleys and past stunning mountain    scenery and takes in the highest mountain of the Harz range, the Brocken.

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2-hour walking tour of Goslar –  founded by Emperor Henry I in the 10th century, Goslar, is just one of the region’s many beautiful preserved old towns with a picture postcard view at almost every turn.  The town itself was strongly influenced by mining and visitors can experience an exceptional collection of industrial monuments and cultural heritage.  These include the 11th century Emperor’s Palace, Town Hall and the Rammelsberg Mine itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The town also boasts a wonderful pedestrianised shopping area and excellent market square.

Wernigerode and a Return Train Journey on the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen - Wernigerode is  a beautiful medieval city, with many restored half-timbered houses, including the ‘smallest house’ and the ‘crooked house’.  See also the impressive castle perched over the city.  Wernigerode is also one of the main departure points of the famous ‘Harzquerbahn’.  This 60km narrow gauge railway runs from Wernigerode to Nordhausen across the Harz mountain range in north western Germany.  A ride on this unique rail line takes you through idyllic landscapes, across deep wooded valleys and past stunning mountain scenery.  The ride also takes in the highest mountain of the Harz range, the Brocken.

Hannover and Entrance to Marienburg Castle – There is scarcely any other city that can be as diverse and attractive as Hannover.  Stroll through the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen or along the promenade of Maschsee Lake.  In the Old Town Quarter wander through narrow, medieval streets or the extensive and modern pedestrian zone.  Following some free time in Hannover we make our way to nearby Marienburg Castle for our included visit.  Marienburg Castle is one of the most famous neo-gothic buildings in Germany and sits nestled in the countryside.  The castle with its distinctive silhouette and its many turrets, was originally a birthday gift from King George V of Hannover to his wife Queen Marie.

Hamelin and the Pied Piper - The historical and enchanting town of Hamelin has medieval houses and traffic-free streets.  Local attractions include the Minster of St. Boniface and the Bungelosenstrasse, which features the story of the Pied Piper, immortalised by the Brothers Grimm.  Whilst here we enjoy a 1 hour walking tour with the Pied Piper himself.

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