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“The wonderful smell of a steam train”

The Brocken Train Line
Ranked #2 of 3 Tours in Wernigerode
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

When you can see the top of the Brocken take the steam train ride up to the summit. The stories of witches wrap themselves around modern day politics - this is the next bit of high land west of the Urals and had an interesting history during the cold war, and before 'the change'. On a sunny day the views are amazing.

I was slightly bemused by the desire of some of the local travellers who wanted to close the doors and windows to stop the smell of the smoke. What's the point of being on a steam train if you don't get the full smelly experience?

There's a nice restaurant at the top of the mountain, and what's better than sitting in the sunshine with a glass of beer looking at the world beneath you.

Possibly don't bother on a bad day, but otherwise well worth the trip.

1  Thank Ruth T
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

If you like steam trains this is a must! Do not assume you will have a view from the top - apparently it is foggy 309 days a year. But do not let that put you off!

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

The Hartz,has been a tourist attraction since 1990 Reunification,offering the most pleasurable way of exploring the area,by its network of narrow gauge railways.
Not long after Nordhausen and Illyfeld are left behind,we start our climb up a narrow valley accompanied by a fast-running stream. Beautiful Beechwoods filter the light. Twisting and turning with lots of bends,the railcar reaches Eisfelder Talmuhle where we make a change.

if you love this type of travel then you will get a kick out of the pleasures afforded by the steam train to Brocken in coaches with open balconies at each end,allowing passengers to hear the sharp exhaust of the locomotive and savour the smells of the forest through which we pleasantly chugg for much of the way.

Standing just meters from the chimney on a train hauled by a coal- bunker-first locomotive provides a visual and aural experience that converts all but the most unreceptive travellers to the appeal of the steam locomotive. The short branch to the summit of the Brocken is a continuous climb. Boulder-strewn woodland gives way to panoramic views across the forest as far as the eye can see.

In the distance we spy the tallest mountain in north-west Germany. A corkscrew manouver sees us at the top of Brocken which is associated with Walpurgis Night,1st May, when witches and warlocks meet to share stories opf the year's evil doings,concluding with an orgy. I looked around my fellow travellers and concluded,It ain't gonna happen!!

We eventually descend to Wernigerode with its dominant hilltop castle,passing orchards and abandoned ironworks. Reaching lonely,open pasture,the railway comes to an extraordinary junction at Stiege where a loop beyond the station connects us with Hasselfelde.

This train journey which took 12 hours was a unique experience for my femme and i,in revelling through rural narrow gauge railway that was once the daily form of transport for millions of people across the Continent.

1  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

The train is too crowded without marked seats. the view is not such as one can expect, mainly if you know other similar attraction from the Alpes. We did the trip in the winter and In the top of the mountain we coulden't see nothing, since we had a lot of fog and it was snowing. The facilities up the mountains are very poor - just one small space and very croeded restourant. We had noting to do up there.
Although the average value of the trip, the ticket price for this train is extremely expensive!

1  Thank nz39
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

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.

4  Thank competenttraveller
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