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Harz Steam Railway

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Address: Harz Bahnhof, 38855 Wernigerode, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
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+49 3943 5580
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An all year round experience

This was my second visit to the HSB, both times arriving on a charter train from further afield that included a steam train ride to the top of the Brocken. Last time I came was in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
WilfordTerrier
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Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second visit to the HSB, both times arriving on a charter train from further afield that included a steam train ride to the top of the Brocken. Last time I came was in the summer in t-shirt and shorts weather but this time was very different - freezing cold with thick snow all around, but if anything,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled my steam to the top of the mountain, the steam train works so hard climbing the hills, Superb day, views are stunning

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John O'Groats, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a proper railway, not a fabricated heritage line. I took a 5 day ticket and boy o boy did I get my money's worth. Maybe you don't have that much time, then at a minimum take the train to Broken, Real, old, (some ancient) steam engines working hard. Diesel railcars less quaint but great forward views. Lots of... More 

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

Got a 3 day Harz Tour Ticket for 18 Euros (thanks Paul from Australia for tip!). Buy this from the bus station office at Wernigerode - not the train station. This allows you to go all over the network (except the Brocken Line). I am not a steam train fanatic, so just travelled on a few short routes. It will... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

The Harz mountains are absolutely ideallic - Steam trains on mainline services everywhere, just like it was in England in the 1950's. If you are going to be in the area for a few days, say centered at Quedlinburg or Wernigerode, think about buying a 3 day ticket and hop on and off the trains to your delight. Everyone is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

A great way to explore the wonderful towns and scenery of this great part of Germany as well as being a 'must' for rail fans. It's worth using mainline trains and buses to short-cut some journeys such as Wernigerode to Quedlinburg which will otherwise take up a good couple of hours Staff are very helpful.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Probably the best place to go IN THE WORLD if you want working steam! At least a dozen engines can be seen daily, doing what they were intended to do.

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Mitcham, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

I spent nine days based at Wernigerode and my main focus was the world famous Harzer Schmslspur Bahnen (HSB). It's a metre gauge railway network based on Wernigerode and most trains are steam hauled. The main attraction, undeniably, is the Brocken line that climbs 34 km to Brocken that was once an East German "listening post" and out of bounds... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I previously reviewed "A Trip To The Brocken" from the point of view of a non rail fan. That review is at the end of this one. This review is for folks who are primarily interested in a awesome and probably unique train experience. The Hartz Schmalspurbanen has a magnificent collection of narrow gauge steam engines and equipment. The locomotives... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Over 100km network with steam operation at least in part on all sections. 100% to Brocken. Travelling on the open air balconies is the best place to be, particularly if you're on the leading one on an uphill gradient. You'll get covered in smuts but who cares? Delightful scenery too, particularly between Wernigerode and Drei Ahnen Höhe

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