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Northern Germany by Steam

Experience our exciting tour full of steam action and variety in Northern Germany. Featuring the amazing Flensburg Steamboat Festival, two rarely visited steam railways including an exclusive charter, special arrangements on the "Molli" steam line with a unique photo session at the depot plus vintage trams, a steamboat cruise, and a visit to the world's largest model railway. This is not a tour to be missed!

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9 days from £2399

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 11 July 2024

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a full day at the Flensburg Steamboat Festival

  • Experience a day of steam on the Molli with its renowned street running

  • Exclusive photography session and guided tour at the Molli depot

  • Private lineside bus paralleling the Molli steam

  • Visit the "Miniatur Wunderland" in Hamburg – the world’s largest model railway

  • Steam through the beautiful landscape of Angeln on the unique Angelner Steam Railway

  • Narrow-gauge steam on Rügen Island’s Rasender Roland

  • Discover the rarely visited narrow-gauge line at Mühlenstroth including an exclusive steam charter

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Rostock on a chartered vintage tram

  • Relax on a steamboat cruise on the Alster Lake

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 8 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 3 evening meals and 1 light lunch

  • Standard Class rail travel and seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)

  • All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

DAY 1

We depart by Eurostar to Brussels connecting onwards to Bremen for an overnight hotel stay. Tonight, we enjoy an included evening meal together at a local restaurant.

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DAY 2

After breakfast this morning, we travel by rail to Hamburg where we enjoy a relaxing steamboat cruise on the beautiful Alster Lake after which we visit the fantastic "Miniatur Wunderland" - the largest model railway in the world costing over 39,000,000€. This amazing venue features 11 Theme Worlds with over 16,000m of track, over 1,100 trains, more than 10,000 rail cars plus buildings, cars, and aircraft that appear to take-off with around 250 flights per day! We then continue to our hotel to stay for three nights at the InterCity Hotel in Hamburg.

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DAY 3

Today we journey north to Flensburg for the amazing "Dampf Rundum" steamboat festival. Every two years ship owners bring their vintage steamboats and sailing craft to Flensburg for this phenomenal event. We enjoy a full day to stroll around watching craftsmen at work, sampling local food and beer, enjoying the atmosphere, and taking a tour of the festival by boat (of course!). We return to Hamburg by train later in the day.

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DAY 4

After breakfast, we travel by rail to Kappeln for a ride on the Angelner Steam Railway which is unique in Germany for its passenger coaches from the 1920's. This unusual line uses an ex-Scandinavian steam locomotive and coaches to take you back to the time when travelling was still an experience. Our nostalgic route to Süderbrarup, a two-hour round trip, will run through the beautiful landscape of Angeln, past meadows, fields, deers, and hares after which we will return to Hamburg.

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DAY 5

We travel to Rostock today where we will discover this charming city with a guided tour on a privately chartered vintage tram followed by time at leisure to explore our surroundings before our evening meal together at a local restaurant. We will be staying for three nights at the InterCity Hotel in Rostock.

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DAY 6

After breakfast, we continue our adventure at one of the most popular lines in Northern Germany - the Molli Steam Railway. We will experience a ride over the line including the famous street running section. Also included is an exclusive photography session and guided tour of the depot and, in the afternoon, we have made a special arrangement to have a private lineside bus at our disposal chasing the trains for amazing photo opportunities.

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DAY 7

Today, after breakfast, we travel by train to Putbus on Rügen Island for a return ride over Rasender Roland (or Raging Roland as it is affectionately known) - a 24km long, steam-powered, narrow-gauge railway which began operations in 1985. This idyllic light railway runs daily, and we will travel from Putbus via Binz, Sellin and Baabe to Göhren and return experiencing the landscape of Rügen on a train full of nostalgia. A lunch box will be provided by the hotel for our adventure today and, upon on return, we are free to dine at leisure.

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DAY 8

After breakfast this morning, we depart Rostock by fast train via Hamburg and Dortmund to Gütersloh where we have a private coach transfer to the rarely visited narrow-gauge line at Mühlenstroth. We have arranged a special, exclusive charter on this 1-mile, 600mm gauge railway using some of their open wagons that were used during the First World War and, afterwards, we have free time to look around the fascinating collection of steam and diesel locomotives. We will return to Gütersloh to enjoy our final evening meal together in a local restaurant.

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DAY 9

Following our breakfast this morning, we will begin our journey home by rail via Köln and Brussels to London.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

InterCity Hotel, Bremen

This hotel is located beside Bremen Main Station offering excellent links to Bremen city centre. All rooms feature air conditioning and classic décor and include cable TV, a desk, a private bathroom, and Wi-Fi. A buffet breakfast is offered each morning.

 

Intercity Hotel, Hamburg

This hotel is located directly at the main train station making it an ideal base. It is also a short distance to the city centre with all its myriad of shops, bars, and restaurants. All 155 rooms are comfortably furnished and offer an excellent range of amenities including bathroom with shower/WC, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, soundproof windows, air conditioning, and a safe. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant serving a quality breakfast and a range of seasonal dishes in the evening and there is also a cozy bar to enjoy drinks whilst reminiscing on your adventures.

 

InterCity Hotel, Rostock

This modern hotel is opposite Rostock’s main train station, a great base for our excursions. All rooms have a private bathroom including towels and toiletries, a TV, and free Wi-Fi. A buffet breakfast is served daily in the restaurant.

 

Holiday Inn Express, Gütersloh

The Holiday Inn Express is located 350 yards from the main train station and offers air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms plus 24-hour service. All rooms at this hotel feature a private bathroom, hairdryer, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the bright breakfast room.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

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

£2399

Supplement for Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade return

£200

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

£2699

Join at Bremen & Leave at Gütersloh

£2179

Single Room Supplement

£499


Fare inclusive of:

8 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 3 evening meals and 1 light lunch

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

 

GUARANTEED FARE – No currency surcharge

 

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. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.

 

 

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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