Highlights of the Harz: from Wernigerode to the mines of Goslar

by Emiel van den Boomen on June 28, 2014

Jumping on Brocken mountain

This post covers one of the true highlights of the Harz region in Germany: the Brocken mountain! Not only the mountain (with its 1141 meters) and its views are fabulous, but the train ride up the mountain is one-of-a-kind. A narrow-gauge railway takes you up in 1.5 hours (starting point the city of Wernigerode).

The track is a stunning piece of history. The construction of this railway started in 1896! In the 1960s the train transport all the way up to the Brocken was interrupted because of the start of the Cold War and the erection of the Berlin Wall (more about the history in an earlier post on this blog). Thirthy years later, in 1991, the first steam train could finally reached the Brocken station again. And now it’s available for everyone to hop on the train for an unforgettable ride. Make sure to spend some time standing between the coaches to get some awesome pictures and really enjoy the trip!

In the Brocken railway

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Highlights of the Harz: from Quedlinburg to Thale

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Teufelsmauer Harz

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Wassermuhle Quedlinburg

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Quedlinburg Harz

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Battambang Cambodia

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My Travel Gear

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London with kids

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London by bike

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia

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Tuol Sleng

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Istanbul mosque

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