Travel the Harz Mountains, the highest range in northern Germany, by train on the Brocken and Selketal Railways for scenic journeys through spruce woodland and narrow valleys.… see more
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This romantic railway track runs through the very heart of
verdant forests - one of the region's best-kept secrets (an open
secret among nature lovers, for whom it is a favourite
The line was dismantled for scrap by the Soviet Army at the end of World War II, in spring 1946. By autumn it was being rebuilt as a means to transport Fluorospar, a mineral used in the iron smelting process.
The Selketal Railway follows the course of the Selke Valley, which carries the River Selke - a river which is prone to flooding and now features a number of dams along its course.
The railway line is highly regarded by railway enthusiasts as well as nature lovers; as well as passing through some of the most dramatic natural scenery of the middle Harz, it also uses one-off steam engines. The engines, part of a collection of 17 which were built (each different) traverse the steepest climbs in the Harz railway system - with gradients of up to 4% in places.
The line was most recently extended in 2006 to reach Quedlinburg, a project which involved re-gauging an existing stretch of track from Gernrode to Quedlinburg.
Discover winter in the Harz Mountains from your base in the charming old town of Goslar. Enjoy journeys on two magnificent railway lines as they pass through postcard winter landscapes of deep forests and frosty mountains.… see more
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