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The Train ride to Brocken

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Address: National-Park Harz, Wernigerode, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
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Great trains but usually no views.

Please be aware that Germany's highest mountain in this region has its own micro climate and for approx 300 days per year there are no views at the top because it is covered by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Please be aware that Germany's highest mountain in this region has its own micro climate and for approx 300 days per year there are no views at the top because it is covered by low cloud. It is nevertheless worth doing the railway because of the heritage loco's and the journey up the mountain by friction only. It is definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Very interesting journey from Wernigerode up the Brocken. Rail enthusiasts should check out the old steam engines. Early December is not a good time to go as it was so misty that all you could see were the trees. Supposed to be spectacular views from the top. Small cafe at the top serving hot drinks (much needed) and the usual... More 

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Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Having travelled on steam trains numerous of times, it was the 1191 meter "hill/mountain" that cought our attention - being Danish a hill over 400 meter is a mountain -! Nothing but trees all the 60 minutes up and 60 minutes down, totally covering any possible view. On the top you can walk the 2.7 km circle around the path... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A cloudless sky, and an early train from Wernigerode for the ride up the Brocken Mountain. We travelled in typical carriages behind a wonderful steam engine. The journey was through wooded hill sides stopping at little halts and stations. The train was crowded by the time we got to the top, but you got wonderful views. The top gave extensive... More 

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Perth Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

The train up to the Brocken is very warm with friendly staff. However when you step out at the top it can be pretty cold and misty. There is a nice café which sells incredible bean soup....just what was needed on a very cold day. Lots of interesting structures at the top of the mountain from old DDR times.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Yes, it sounds and reads great, on the online images and descriptions. A narrow-guage steam railway trip up to the Brocken, the highest point in Northern Germany north of the Bavarian Alps. but the reality is different. For a start, the 'special price' of 37 Euros return. OK if you are on your own but going with friends and family... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We have just spent a week in Goslar, first time for us Germany. Goslar was a great place to stay and I can highly recommend it. The Brocken was highly hyped in the guide books and brochures so it was one of things we looked forward to, but boy were we disappointed. We decided to take the return train journey... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

For me, being over 60 ,wonderful memories, 4hrs in total on a train pulled by a fantastic Steam Engine. the scenery & smoke from the engine marvellous, although I did need to shower afterwards, My own fault as I stood outside on the foorplate for the entire trip.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Went to the station with great enthusiasm and 3 generations of a family aged 3 to 76. We were disappointed by the price of everything though, the snack/drink stand, the gift shop, the parking, the train ticket and even the toilets were all over priced. It is a shame because cost aside it was a nice ride but the overpriced... More 

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Potsdam, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We were hiking during the weekend in Harz and after a great first day we decided to hike up Brocken and take the train back down. A bad decision as it turned out. Brocken has little to offer (unless you like hordes of loud tourists, who did little effort to get there and celebrate with beer and curry-wurst) and other... More 

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