We joined the Brocklen Railway for our narrow-gauge journey to the summit of Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz region, at over 3,700 feet (1,128m) that is higher than Snowdon in Wales. The journey begins at the pretty town of Wernigerode and the journey takes you through the street before hitting the forest full of pine trees. The journey is about one and a half hours and all the trains are pulled by beautiful gleaming black and red steam engines. The carriages have open front and backs to enable you to stand outside. No health and safety restrictiones in sight.
We wind our way up the mountain and as we approach every road crossing the hotters are sounded and children wave enthusiastically.
The peak of Brocken was a military base which has only been open to the public for a relatively short time = until the fall of the Berlin Wall on the 11th November 1989, the mountain was off limits to all, but the Soviet Army.
A wonderful experience to ride on these steam trains and be close up to them. An even more wonderful experience to visit a mountain that was off limits for so many years.
The views from the top of the Brocken are breathtaking.
When you alight the train pass through the food stalls that are immediately in front of you and proceed to the self-service cafe at the top and visit the museum. Lovely food, good bear and a wonderful panoramic view.
As you can tell we had glorious weather with no wind, sun and blue sky all day.
The fact that the seats are uncomfortable as someone experience only adds to the excitement of the day.
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