Harz Narrow Gauge Railway
(photos copyright HSB)
Anyone who likes train travel, beautiful scenery and history will love the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways. It takes you across the beautiful picturesque scenery of the Harz. A trip on a steam train is a delightful experience whatever your age and each year more than a million passengers take pleasure in the romance of steam railway.
This 132km integrated gauge railway network the largest in Europe and currently has 25 steam trains and 10 diesel locomotives who have to tackle gradients of 40% and curves as tight as 60 meters in radius. The trains connect the principal cities of Wernigerode, Nordhausen and Quedlinburg and several smaller towns in the region. The first train ran from Wernigerode to Schierke on 20th June 1898. The main attractions are the nostalgic steam operated trains through the stunning valleys and those trains that make the steep journey to the summit of the Brocken Mountain (1,141 meters) even in winter through the snow.
There are 3 services:
The Trans-Harz Railway Line: Crosses the Harz Mountains from north to south. On the 60km track passengers are treated to a kaleidoscopic journey through nature.
The Selke Valley Railway Line: Is the most romantic track of the whole narrow gauge network and has long been an open secret among nature lovers.
The Brocken Railway Line: In July 1992 public rail service was resumed to the legendary Brocken. Climbing up there is a hard work for the 700 HP steam powered locomotives.
(Tip: it is worth buying the HarzCard if you plan to do the Brocken trip combined with other activities)
For more details: www.hsb-wr.de