I am a big fan of train travel. I like just sitting on the train, staring out of the window, reading a book, listening
Steam Train Rides
In the Harz mountains you can make that experience yourself and not only enjoy the rattling sounds of the train and watch the smoke disappear in the air, you also ride through the beautiful Harz mountain national park with it’s dark and gloomy colours. Harz Mountains narrow gauge train lines is the longest network of narrow gauge train lines in Germany. It runs for more than 140km on three different lines. The first runs from Drei Annen Hohne to the top of the Brocken mountain, the second one leaves from Quedlinburg through the Selke valley to the Eisfelder valley mill in the Harz mountains and the third one takes you from Wernigerode to Nordhausen. We decided to take the train all the way up to the top of the Broken. The trains run every day of the year, however, it is recommended to make a reservation beforehand as it can get crowded – especially on summer weekends.
Exploring the Harz Mountains
The Harz has the highest elevations of northern Germany and the Broken is the highest mountain
Even though we stayed at Drei Annen Hohne, a very small village in the Harz mountains, we still took the time to explore Wernigerode. Wernigerode was first mentioned in official records in the 12th century. And still today you can wander through the little streets and see beautifully restored old, half-timbered houses, which are typical for the region. About 100 m above town sits the castle of Wernigerode. And if you are interested in history, you can visit the museum inside the castle, which displays
Fun fact: Every year on the last night of April, witches are gathering on the meadow on top of Brocken mountain. Legend says that the devil invites them every year to celebrate the witches sabbat. So, past midnight on the last day of April, all creatures of the night are gathering to dance around the fire.