Day 2 - Wernigerode and the Brocken Railway
We experience one of the highlights of our holiday today, a
wintry journey aboard the Brocken Railway through snowy forests to
the summit of Brocken Mountain, part of the Harz Mountain range.
Travelling through magical landscapes of chocolate-box scenery, the
Brocken Railway carves a snaking route through the Harz National
Park up to the summit of the indomitable Brocken. Along the way, we
enjoy panoramic views of Brothers Grimm style forests,
old-fashioned station houses and glittering frozen rivers. Gaping
valleys vie for our attention, competing against a sublime painting
of distant peaks, dusted with sugar-icing snow.
As well as being the Harz's tallest peak, Brocken Mountain is
also home to Germany's highest narrow-gauge railway station, our
arrival point following our journey. After some free time at the
summit to drink in the views, we return to Wernigerode to explore
its traditional Christmas market. Situated in front of the Town
Hall and sat in the shadow of a mighty Christmas tree, here you can
buy a range of hand-made crafts, food and drink from the
illuminated wooden stalls.