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Great German Rail Ale Trail

A wonderful tour of German beers, from Düsseldorf’s Altbier to Cologne’s rival Kölsch plus Bockbier and even smoked ale. Discover a country with colourful regional differences of taste, language, culture, and lifestyle. Prost!

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9 days from £2049

 

DEPARTS

Saturday 27 April 2024

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Welcome evening guided Altbier tour of Düsseldorf with beer tasting

  • Steam to the top of the Brocken Mountain

  • Guided walking tour of picturesque Wernigerode

  • Visit the home of bock beer in Einbeck

  • Guided sightseeing tour of historic Nuremberg

  • Guided tour of the Fels Labyrinth

  • Enjoy a dinner at Alstadthof brewery

  • Tour the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg

  • Experience Schlenkerla smoked beer with lunch at the brewery restaurant

  • Free time to explore Munich

  • Uncover Munich’s brewing heritage at the Oktoberfest Museum

  • Enjoy lunch at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus

  • Guided tour of Cologne and farewell Kölsch beer tasting

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Breakfast every day plus 6 evening meals and 2 lunches

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

 

DAY 1

We depart London St. Pancras International and travel by Eurostar to Brussels and onward by high-speed train to Düsseldorf. We enjoy a guided walking tour of Düsseldorf 'Altbier' including beer tasting followed by a welcome evening meal at the hotel.

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DAY 2

This morning we enjoy breakfast at the hotel before continuing to historic Wernigerode, the capital of the Harz Region, at the foot of the beautiful Harz Mountains and our hotel for next three nights at the HKK Hotel, Wernigerode.

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DAY 3

Today we enjoy an exhilarating ride aboard the Brockenbahn, a steam-hauled journey from Wernigerode through lush landscapes up to the summit of the Brocken mountain to Germany’s highest narrow-gauge station and the Harz region’s highest peak. Returning to Wernigerode, the remainder of the day is free to discover the market square in front of the picturesque town hall. Wander amidst the quaint half-timbered buildings overlooked by Wernigerode’s stunning castle before we reconvene for dinner at the HKK hotel.

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DAY 4

This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Wernigerode. We then continue to Einbeck by private coach to discover a handsome town whose 600-year-old brewery is famous for strong Bockbier. Brewing tradition here dates back to the 14th century when every citizen had the right to brew beer. With 700 brewers in town, the city council would purchase the excess, exporting it far and wide, leading to Einbeck’s international renown.

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DAY 5

Today we leave Wernigerode and transfer by rail to Nuremburg. After checking into our hotel for the next three nights, we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Nuremberg that ends in style with a tour of the old cellar labyrinth of the Alstadthof brewery including dinner.

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DAY 6

Today we visit the delightful city of Bamberg, whose cityscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bamberg is famous for its small breweries, arguably the most famous being the renowned Schlenkerla smoked beer. During our visit we enjoy a guided tour and lunch with a smoked beer at Schlenkerla’s quaint restaurant, before returning to Nuremberg for a free evening.

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DAY 7

Heading southwards for the day, we arrive in Munich, learning about the city’s brewing history at the Oktoberfest Museum. After free time to explore the attractive centre around Marienplatz we enjoy a highlight with lunch at the famous Hofbräuhaus. In the 16th century Wilhelm V of Bavaria used to import Einbeck beer that he considered superior to the local brew, but eventually decided to found his own brewery in Munich, the Hofbräuhaus.

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DAY 8

Leaving Nuremberg, we head to Cologne for a night at the Maritim Hotel. This evening we enjoy a Kölsch Beer tour with a local guide, ending with dinner at a traditional Kölsch brewery tavern.

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DAY 9

We depart Germany, changing at Brussels for our onward Eurostar service to London St Pancras International.

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HOTELS

Ibis Central Station Hotel, Düsseldorf

A hotel centrally located in the heart of Düsseldorf and just 50 metres walk from the main train station. The hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with a TV and tea/coffee facilities. Ibis Hotel Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof offers modern rooms with air conditioning, a desk and a private bathroom with hairdryer. All rooms face the peaceful inner courtyard.

Continental style Buffet with possibility to dine on the terrace.

 

HKK Hotel, Wernigerode

This stylish 4-star hotel is ideally positioned close to the historic old town centre and the Wernigerode railway stations. The hotel offers well-equipped, comfortable bedrooms with TV and hairdryer. Enjoy local culinary delights in the buffet restaurant and relax in the Berliner Ziller bar. Leisure facilities at the hotel include a sauna, gym, and jacuzzi.

 

InterCity Hotel, Nuremberg

A convenient modern hotel situated close to the main station and German Railway Museum, yet also just a short walk from the picturesque old town. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, and comfortable bedrooms with TV and free Wi-Fi.

 

Maritim Hotel, Cologne

A 4-star hotel located on the banks of the Rhine close to the railway station, old town, and cathedral. The bedrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, TV, safe, and mini fridge. The hotel offers a selection of bars and restaurants.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to / from Germany including Standard Eurostar

£2,049

Supplement for Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade return

£200

First Class rail travel to / from Germany including Standard Premier Eurostar

£2,349

Join at Düsseldorf & Leave at Cologne

£1,985

Single Traveller Supplement

£260


8 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 6 evening meals and 2 lunches

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Germany in the class of your choice

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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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