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Berlin and the Harz Mountains

  • Brandenburg Gate, Berlin © visitBerlin, Dagmar Schwelle, GNTB

    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany © visitBerlin, Dagmar Schwelle, GNTB
  • Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin ©visitberlin, 2009 BTM-Scholvien

    Germany, Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie, reunification, Berlin wall ©visitberlin, 2009 BTM-Scholvien
  • Germany - Harz - Brocken © PT Wilding

    Germany - Harz - Brocken © PT Wilding
  • Palace Marienburg © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Florian Trykowski, GNTB

    Germany - Lower Saxony - Palace Marienburg © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Florian Trykowski, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
  • Germany - Harz - Harzer Schmalspurbahnen © PT Wilding

    Germany - Harz - Harzer Schmalspurbahnen © PT Wilding
  • Hamelin © German Fairy-Tale Route

    Germany, Fairytale road, fairytale route, Hamelin, Pied piper of hamelin, © German Fairy-Tale Route
9 day tour
From £539 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Unmissable city break & a mountain discovery in one tour!

This two centre tour combines the cosmopolitan bustle and historical significance of Berlin with the spectacular beauty of the Harz Mountains. Step into a land of pine-covered hills, green valleys and half-timbered medieval villages. Enjoy all this beautiful scenery and ride through it aboard the unique Harz Narrow Gauge Steam Railway. This tour offers a glimpse at two different but equally wonderful aspects of Germany.

Traverse the scenic German countryside on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway

The Harz Mountains, Germany’s northernmost mountain range, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Step into a land of pine-covered hills, green valleys and half-timbered medieval villages. It’s also an area rich in legend, fairytales and folklore. With so many beautiful castles and gardens, it does look like a whimsical kingdom from a storybook.

During this tour we enjoy all this beautiful scenery and ride through it aboard the unique Harz Narrow Gauge Steam Railway. Chug up the highest peak of the Harz Mountain range for outstanding views. This train departs from the wonderful town of Wernigerode. It boasts a Gothic town hall as well as a castle which looks like it fell out of a fairytale. This area has an abundance of beautiful medieval towns.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1-2

Travel to Germany

Take a short sea crossing to Calais and travel to Germany for an overnight stop before arriving in Berlin on day 2.

Day 3

Berlin

Explore the cultural and historical sights of Berlin on a guided tour. Key sights include the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Bundestag, Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz and Berlin Cathedral. Perhaps spend the afternoon strolling along the famous Unter den Linden Boulevard or shopping on Ku’damm. There’s a host of fascinating museums worth exploring such as the DDR museum which offers insight into life in East Berlin.

Day 4

Berlin – Goslar

This morning we enjoy a river cruise though Berlin to take in the sights from an alternative perspective. Then we travel to Goslar to the second hotel. Goslar is on the edge of the Harz Mountains National Park. With large sections of its medieval walls still preserved, Goslar is known for its beautiful old town.

Day 2

Imperial Goslar

Goslar, with its thousand year history, offers a postcard worthy view at almost every turn. The town itself has been strongly influenced by mining and visitors can experience an exceptional collection of industrial monuments and cultural heritage. These include the Emperor’s Palace, Town Hall and Rammelsberg Mine itself. The town also boasts a wonderful pedestrian shopping area and excellent market square.

Day 3

Wernigerode and the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway

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 town. Having explored this charming town, we hop on board the famous Harz Narrow Gauge Railway and travel to the summit of the Harz’s highest mountain, the Brocken.

Day 4

Hanover and Castles

Few cities are as diverse and attractive as Hanover. Stroll though the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen or along the promenade of Lake Machsee. In the old quarter, you can wander through narrow medieval streets or through the extensive modern pedestrian zone with its series of elegant arcades and shopping malls. Optional guided tours are available. Continue to nearby Marienburg Castle for a guided visit. This fortress-like castle was built by the King of Hanover as a birthday gift for his wife, Queen Marie.

Day 5

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Goslar and return to the UK. Make an overnight stop en route back to Calais for the return crossing on Day 9.


Suggested hotels

Leonardo Hotel Berlin ***

A firm favourite with Greatdays groups!

This 3-star-superior hotel is located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, 100 yards from Bismarckstraße Underground Station, which provides a direct connection to Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz. All rooms at Leonardo Hotel are air-conditioned and have a flat-screen TV, hot drinks facilities, a work desk and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is available in the whole hotel. The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast and there’s a bar serving drinks and snacks.

Hotel Der Achtermann, Goslar ****

Unique historic hotel with a 500-year old tower, located in the centre of the town in close vicinity to the pedestrian zone. Lovely terrace overlooking the stunning mountain scenery. The hotel does not have onsite coach parking, however there is a free public car park with space for 2 coaches just 200 m from the hotel and another larger parking area, with space for up to 8 coaches by the station.

HKK Hotel, Wernigerode ****

Excellent stylish hotel located in the middle of the Harz national Park, around 35 km from Goslar and only 100 meters from the historical city of Wernigerode’s Old Town. The hotel is 600 meters away from the train station and surrounded by the beautiful Harz mountains. Coaches parking at the hotel free of charge (7 spaces).


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Dates Half Twin Single Supplement
2021 dates From £539.00 per person From £139.00 per person

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.17. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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