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Great German Rail Ale Trail

Indulge in a fantastic tour of German beers discovering regional differences of taste, language, culture, and lifestyle. Discover Düsseldorf's Altbier, Cologne's Kölsch, and Einbeck's Bockbier plus an exhilarating journey up the Brocken Mountain and free time to explore the quaint town of Wernigerode and the vibrant city of Munich.

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9 days from £2249

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 12 February 2025

Sunday 4 May 2025

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Düsseldorf’s Altbier

  • Experience an exhilarating steam-hauled journey up the Brocken Mountain

  • Marvel at the panoramic views at the summit of the Brocken

  • Take a guided walking tour of picturesque Wernigerode

  • Visit the home of bock beer in Einbeck

  • Discover historic Nuremberg on a guided tour

  • Tour the Fels Labyrinth of Altstadthof Brewery

  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg

  • Enjoy free time to explore Munich

  • Indulge in lunch at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus

  • Take a guided tour of Cologne and enjoy a farewell Kölsch beer tasting

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Travelling by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, then onwards to Düsseldorf where we enjoy a guided tour of Düsseldorf's Altbier including a beer tasting. We transfer to our base for one night, the Ibis Hotel, where we check in and enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

After breakfast this morning, we continue to historic Wernigerode, the capital of the Harz Region, at the foot of the beautiful Harz Mountains where we transfer to the HKK Hotel, our hotel for the next three nights. After we are checked in, we travel by rail to Quedlinburg for our evening meal.

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DAY 3

Today, we enjoy an exhilarating ride aboard the Brockenbahn, a steam-hauled* journey from Wernigerode through scenic landscapes up to the highest peak of the Harz region. At 1,125m altitude, Brocken Station is the highest narrow-gauge station in Germany and offers a breathtaking panorama of the Harz National Park. Returning to Wernigerode, the remainder of the day is free to discover the market square in front of the picturesque town hall and wander amidst the quaint half-timbered buildings overlooked by Wernigerode's stunning castle before we reconvene for our evening meal together.

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DAY 4

This morning, we enjoy a guided walking tour of Wernigerode before continuing by private coach to Einbeck where we discover a handsome town whose 600-year-old brewery is famous for strong Bockbier. Here, we have a guided tour of Einbeck Brewery where brewing tradition 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 and export it far and wide, leading to Einbeck's international renown. Afterwards, we return to Wernigerode in time for our evening meal.

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DAY 5

After breakfast today, we leave Wernigerode and transfer by rail to Nuremberg where we check-in to the InterCity Hotel, our base for the next three nights. We enjoy a guided tour of the city visiting the sights and ending in style with a tour of the old cellar labyrinth of the Altstadthof Brewery where we also enjoy our evening meal.

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DAY 6

Today, we visit the delightful city of Bamberg, a town famous for its small breweries and whose cityscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site. During our visit, we enjoy a guided tour followed by lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Nuremberg for an evening at leisure.

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DAY 7

After breakfast this morning, we journey south for the day arriving in Munich where we enjoy free time to explore the attractive centre around Marienplatz before meeting for our lunch at the famous Hofbräuhaus. In the 16th century, Wilhelm V of Bavaria would import Einbeck beer which he considered superior to the local brew before eventually deciding to found his own brewery in Munich, the Hofbräuhaus. Afterwards, we retrace our steps to Nuremberg for an evening at leisure.

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DAY 8

After breakfast, we leave Nuremberg and journey to Cologne for an overnight stay at the Wyndham Hotel*. This evening, we enjoy a fascinating Kölsch Beer tour with a local guide before our final evening meal at a traditional Kölsch brewery tavern.

*In May, our hotel will be the Maritim Hotel in Cologne.

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DAY 9

We bid farewell to Cologne and to Germany, returning by rail to Brussels, where we will join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

*Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place, we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Ibis Hotel, Düsseldorf

Located in the heart of Düsseldorf and close to the railway station, the Ibis Hotel offers a relaxed atmosphere with a peaceful courtyard, garden, and bar terrace – perfect for enjoying an Altbier! The comfortable bedrooms provide a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.

 

HKK Hotel, Wernigerode

This stylish hotel is ideally positioned close to the historic old town centre and the Wernigerode narrow-gauge railway station. The hotel offers culinary delights from all over the world in the buffet restaurant, refreshing drinks in the relaxing Berliner Ziller bar plus a sauna, gym, and jacuzzi. The modern bedrooms provide a private bathroom with a shower or bath, hairdryer, and a flat-screen TV.

 

InterCity Hotel, Nuremberg

Located close to the railway station, the modern InterCity Hotel offers a pleasant and relaxing ambience including a restaurant serving regional and international dishes plus a cosy bar. The stylish bedrooms provide a private bathroom, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.

 

Wyndham Hotel, Cologne (February)

Located opposite Cologne Cathedral and close to the railway station, the Wyndham Hotel offers top hotel service and a cosy bar with an outdoor terrace. The modern, air-conditioned bedrooms provide an en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

Maritim Hotel, Cologne (May)

Located on the banks of the Rhine close to the railway station, old town, and cathedral, the Maritim Hotel offers four restaurants serving delicious, locally sourced products plus a relaxed bar. The comfortable bedrooms provide a modern en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to/from Germany, including Standard Eurostar

£2,249

Supplement for Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade return

£200

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

£2,549

Join at Düsseldorf & Leave at Cologne

£1,929

Single Traveller Supplement

£335

 

May Departure Supplement £30

 

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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