Steam train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway at Eisfelder Talmühle (photo © hidden europe)

Route 22: The Harz Mountains

Enjoy a ride on a steam train

Route introduction

You can cut off to the south of the main railways which link Hannover with Berlin to discover the glorious landscapes of the Harz Mountains, a region which boasts Europe’s finest network of narrow-gauge steam railways. Even if you are not a train buff, the scenery alone justifies an excursion into the Harz region. Moreover, the Harz steam trains always go down a treat with children and families.

Countries covered
Germany

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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

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This brand-new 16th edition of the guide to travelling Europe by Rail was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. With tips on ticketing, fares and accommodation, Europe by Rail has become the definitive guide to exploring Europe by train.
Europe by Rail contains all that's necessary to plan your rail journey through Europe: over 50 route descriptions, a country gazetteer, rail connections, information on Eurail and Interrail passes and more.
The 16th edition of Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. You can get hold of a copy in any good bookshop. Here, we list a few additional places where you can buy the book.