The Brocken is the highest peak in the Harz Mountain range
in central Germany. Damaged as a result of bombing and mortar fire
in the Second World War, the Brocken Railway was reopened
following repair in 1949. During the division of Germany into East
& West the Brocken became a military base, its railway used
only for the transportation of supplies.
It was only after the historic reunification of Germany in
1990 that the train was returned to public use, and since 1992
passengers have once again able to make the spectacular rail
journey, hauled by steam locomotive, to the summit of Brocken where
they are rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of the Harz
Mountains National Park before them.