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“Not a big deal such as the high price of the ticket” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Brocken Train Line

The Brocken Train Line
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Wernigerode
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Kfar Saba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not a big deal such as the high price of the ticket”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 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!

Visited December 2013
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“The Freedom Mountian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 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.

Visited September 2013
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Verwood, United Kingdom
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“Quite an experience!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

My husband loves steam trains and this was no exception even though we had awful weather and a delay of more than an hour because there was no water at Drei Annen - goodness knows why! Hardly any view at the top either but worth the effort for the experience..

Visited September 2013
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“From Schierke by train to the Brocken and walk back.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We've been to the Brocken before 10 years after the fall of the wall. We did the ride then from Werningerode to the Brocken and back. So as we where in the Harz this year and camped at Schierke we wanted to repeat that good experience.
We did enjoy the ride in the train, but it was very crowded. We had to let the first train pass because off over crowding. The second train was just a bit less crowdy. I had to stand the whole way (half an hour). As we arrived on top the platform was again crowded with more than 2 trainloads of people. On top of the Brocken there also where a lot of people.
All in all it was a bit disappointing. The views are still very good if you look past all the people in the train and on the top.
But if you decide to walk (partially) back down you can still enjoy the beautifull naturee and silence of the mountain.

Visited August 2013
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“Trees, trees and more trees”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

The Brocken is a smallish hill/mountain said to be inhabited by witches and made famous by German author Goethe.
The trains are steam trains produced in the mid 1950's.
The carriages are often crowded and I did not find them too comfortable. There are few facilities but there is a loo (of sorts)
The cost is 32 euros.
The scenery en route consists mainly of conifer plantations on both sides of the train but occasionally there is a more open view. Think Goldielocks and the 3 bears, Hansel and Gretel and you won't go far wrong! In fact you might just want to leave a trail because if the train breaks down you are quite a way from habitation.
Other half who is a railway enthusiast was in his element. If Lund 3 hours of trees to be overkill. I didn't appreciate I was heading for 5 hours of trees the next day, but that is another story.
There is little at the top of the Brocken, a cafe and if it is not cloudy you might get a view. Take a jacket, it was chilly inAugust.
I would recommend this trip if
You are a railway enthusiast- you'll be in 7th heaven.
You like pooling around on steam trains.
You R researching the background to fairy tales in Germany/ Europe
You don't have anything better to do
You are happy to invest 32 euros in your return ticket.

Visited August 2013
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