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Address: National-Park Harz, Wernigerode, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

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We read such good reviews of this perhaps expectations were high. It was a nice trip, not worth €39 each. The view is blocked much of the way by trees, but this is a forested... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jane S
Springfield, Illinois

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We read such good reviews of this perhaps expectations were high. It was a nice trip, not worth €39 each. The view is blocked much of the way by trees, but this is a forested area. The train itself was good, real steam, nicely maintained. They charge an extra €1 each to sit outside in the open caboose. The view... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you crave a look at how steam railroads all over the world once operated, this is the experience you want. The Hartz Schmalspurbanen is a a working steam railroad that carries freight and a lot of passengers. The most popular trip is to the top of the Brocken - the tallest mountain in the Hartz. Leaving Wernigerode every hour... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Boarding the steam train in Wernigerode was that moment when you start to turn back the clock. This is a special journey as the train twists and turns through the trees and stops at small stations along the way. It stops and waits for passing trains as it is all single line which adds to the atmosphere. Near the top... More 

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Hellevoetsluis, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

It is an old set of steam trains (Dampflocken) that brings you in a quiet pace up the Brocken. There yo can make a short walk (Rundgang) It is expensive 39 euro pp up and down. If you use your traincard everybody can do the trip but we ..... We decided to walk downhill and use the break your leg... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

We were very lucky the day we did this trip. It had snowed the day before and was still very cloudy but as we climbed higher the sky cleared and the sun came out. So there were some views. The cafe at the top is very reasonable and if they have Goulash soup on I would recommend having it as... More 

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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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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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London, England, United Kingdom
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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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