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The Brocken Train Line

Wernigerode, Germany
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bnbass wrote a review Aug 2020
Utrecht, The Netherlands423 contributions220 helpful votes
That sad...if you don't have kids taking the train up the mountain can be somewhat of an ordeal. And on the brocken itself it is very crowded.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Jorge V wrote a review Feb 2020
San Jose, Costa Rica379 contributions103 helpful votes
We hiked up the Brocken in the morning from Schierke, had a meal in the restaurant at the top, and then took the train down. It was the perfect itinerary in hindsight, and what I would recommend anyone to do. The train ride is pretty expensive and a bit slow, so maybe it's not the best use of your money if you just want to go up a mountain and take some pics. Also, once you're past Schierke, the whole thing loses its main appeal and it's just a slow train. On the other hand, it's a great reward after being tired and cold going up (we went in the winter). They also announced train departure times in the restaurant, though only in German.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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CGM wrote a review Dec 2019
Guildford, United Kingdom200 contributions79 helpful votes
It is worth every second. It is perhaps one of the most charming train rides I have ever made. It may get a bit crowded but if you can brave the weather in winter, stay out and enjoy the scenery.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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arfortune wrote a review Dec 2019
Hitchin, United Kingdom76 contributions15 helpful votes
Caught the morning train up to the Brocken and walked back down to Schierke. Train pretty full on way up and rammed and standing on the way down. You can only buy tickets on the day and some of the times during the winter don't connect so plan carefully, but standing on the coach balconies, listening to the engines puff their way up the hill is a must for any rail enthusiast.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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jimwentzell2016 wrote a review Oct 2019
Marietta, Georgia85 contributions28 helpful votes
Take a beautiful concept: an enjoyable historic steam locomotive ride through the Harz Mountains. Regardless of the demand, let ANY amount of visitors line up and pay €45 each for a ride, then let the MASSES compete for the few trains available. You have the makings of a near riot, and that is what we experienced. Picture literally thousands of people waiting for what eventually were maybe three hundred seats (35 or so per wagon) all pushing and shoving and competing for limited space. Children and dogs, babies and seniors, all without ANY seat plans, fire marshal limits, or any sane attempt at crowd control. One absolutely insane incident I was involved in today. There were about ten wagons; one seems a little less crowded than the others, so I was able to secure a seat for my wife (69 years old) my son and I stood. The aisles shortly became jammed as departure time approached. Many more stood than were seated. Someone eventually noticed a small half-sheet-sized typed paper notice taped to the window. The notice in effect reserved the entire car for a private group of travelers. Keep in mind at no time was any seat reservation available when paying the €45 fee. Other passengers who saw the person removing this sign actually applauded and laughed as it was torn off it off and thrown in the trash bin. After waiting an hour and a half in line no one in our train was going to give up space in a "pre-reserved wagon" that the doors were wide-open to when the masses rushed the train! Any basic crowd-control principle would require that the train doors to that wagon would be closed and locked! Well as the train was about to leave, with literally people almost falling off the ends, a train employee woman worked her way through and began immediately demanding, in an extremely nasty and accusatory voice, that the entire wagon evacuate and give up their seats and standing room so that the not-yet arrived "reserved" party of thirty five could take their seats. Everyone COMPLETELY ignored her, until she started arguing with individual riders who basically told her they weren't moving. "If the entire wagon was reserved, it should have been locked or blocked to us upon boarding" basically was the sentiment. Tensions mounted as several others piped up with heated defiant vulgar words. The employee escalated her ridiculous insistence that the entire wagon disembark immediately and wait for two more hours until the next train. She literally stomped her feet and shouted "this is not Kindergarten! Someone tore off the reserved sign! Who did this?!?" Thirty-five lucky seated people and the 44 more standing (yes I counted!) all remained silent to her interrogation, even though many had laughed and clapped and knew exactly who tore up the totally inadequate sign. One arguer said in effect that if the train company takes our €45 "which doesn't exactly fall from the sky" that riders are entitled to a trainride, "reserved" seats or not! Several people shouted that there was no mention of reserved seating or special reserved cars when waiting the lengthy lines to pay. The employed continued her temper tantrum, and even called for backup to "throw us all of the train". Go ahead, we'll have to be pried off this train, basically, was the response. Eventually the very exasperated employee left and the train began the two-hour journey to Brocken. The end station on the mountain was so crowded we couldn't make it through the crowd, about ten deep on the platform all waiting to make it to the small look-out area. So we and several other people took advantage of the empty returning train to actually be able to sit down for the two-hour ride back. If there was a better management of the massive crowds it might have been enjoyable. The HSB company has a take-your-money-and-let-the-mobs-fight-it-out policy. I'm shocked there hasn't yet been an accident or a riot with injuries or worse! Please please please be careful if you are considering this ride, it was a miracle no-one was injured!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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