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Harz Mountains Winter Wonderland

Harz Mountains Winter Wonderland

The land of German Fairy Tales - an inspirational landscape, inevitably dusted with snow and featuring traditional christmas markets, a steam train ride, a horse drawn sleigh and memories for a lifetime!

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The land of German Fairy Tales - an inspirational landscape, inevitably dusted with snow and featuring traditional christmas markets, a steam train ride, a horse drawn sleigh and memories for a lifetime!

The land of German fairy tales – come and be enchanted by the magical and charming Harz Mountains in Winter. Standing on the border of what was once East and West Germany it is an area peppered with small towns where splendid half-timbered buildings reflect the prosperous past of the region. Inspirational landscapes form the setting of some of the world’s most renowned children’s stories – the castles, towers and picturesque villages give a fairytale sensation. Inevitably dusted with snow at this time of year, our tour will feature authentic German Christmas Markets, a Steam Train ride to the top of a snowy mountain and a traditional Horse-drawn Sleigh ride. The Harz in Winter promises memories for a lifetime!

ITINERARY


Saturday - Very early morning departure from Dorset via Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. Onwards through Belgium into Germany for overnight stay at Maritim Hotel Gelsenkirchen with dinner and breakfast.

Sunday - Continue eastwards passing Kassel and into the bewitchingly beautiful Harz Mountains.
A welcome drink on arrival at our hotel while the bags at portered, followed by dinner.

Monday - This morning we shall visit The Gustav Adolf Stave Church near Hahnenklee - a beautiful reproduction of a traditional Norwegian wooden church built in 1907. Continue to Goslar, the former Imperial capital of Northern Germany which hosts a famous Christmas Market in the shape of a star. The Christmas Forest in the market square features 36 fir trees illuminated with thousands of lights. Colourful half timbered houses, narrow cobblestone alleyways, ancient churches and soaring towers make up the towns medieval façade.

Tuesday - The first highlight of today is a horse-drawn sleigh ride from Braunlage through the picturesque Harz Mountain landscape - about 90 minutes riding through pillows of shinning white snow enjoying the untouched nature of the park. Later we drive to Wernigerode, full of timber houses with a remarkable 15th century town hall at its centre and overlooked by a 12th century castle. The Christmas market offers traditional food and local crafts and is crowned by a 30 foot Christmas Tree.

Wednesday - A winding drive through the deepest valleys of the Harz Mountains to Quedlinburg, first capital of Germany in 919 AD. It is crammed full of ancient historic buildings and narrow streets with a 12th century abbey and Abbesses palace full of art and treasures. It has Germanys largest collection of wooden houses and offers several unique museums.

Thursday - A short drive brings us to Drei Annen Hohne where we shall board the world famous Brockenbahn steam railway for a Winter Wonderland experience par-excellence. The 700 horsepower steam engine will haul its train of period carriages to the top of the Brocken - the highest peak in Northern Germany at 1125 metres. At the summit is the "cloud cabin" built in 1736, the Brockenhaus Museum and a hotel/inn, not to mention spectacular panoramic views. This afternoon back in Braulage you might choose to take the cable car from the town up to the top of the Wurmberg mountain for yet more mountain vistas.


Friday - We bid a fond farewell to our hosts and head West across Germany for overnight stop at Maritim Hotel Gelsenkircken with dinner & breakfast.

Saturday - To Calais for Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone and return to Dorset that night.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Maritim Berghotel Braunlage

A large four star hotel situated at the heart of the Harz Nature Reserve and surrounded by spruce forest at the foot of Mount Wurmberg. All of the spacious bedrooms have a balcony, private bathroom, hairdryer, TV with English channels, phone, fridge, table/chairs and free wifi. The

"Pfaffenstieg" Restaurant provides a substantial buffet breakfast and varied menu of evening dinners. There is a lounge bar and an Old English Pub in which to socialise and a top floor coffee shop with amazing views.  A heated indoor pool, gym and sauna caters for the energetic. A lift serves all floors, though occasional steps may be encountered.  Room service is available and porterage provided.

 

TOUR PRICE: £825.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £70.00

 

Price Includes: All coach travel, Return Eurotunnel crossings, 2 x overnight hotel Gelsenkirchen, 5 nights hotel Braulage, Half board meals, Braulage welcome & porterage, Return Brockenbahn train fare, Sleigh ride, Entry to Stave Church, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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