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Brocken Railway

There are few passenger railroads in the world shrouded in as many layers of history as the Brocken Railway. The line climbs the highest mountain in Germany's Harz Mountain, the Brocken, on a course that presents all the scenic delights of Upper Harz National Park.     

The scenic railway has attracted visitors far and wide to gaze upon its splendors. Fully restored steam engines lead the way for most trips up the mountainside. Trains depart from the station at Drei Annen Hohne and climb through fir groves and pine forests and past lush alpine meadows to Germany's highest railway station, Brockenbahnhof-set at 3,690 feet above sea level and just 52 feet below the actual summit.      

For the journey, passengers are seated in comfortable carriages on bench-style seats. Each offers space for two guests, and there is one bench on each side of the central aisle. Operable windows line the sides of the carriages, allowing guests to breathe in the fresh mountain air as the train ascends the mountain. Authentic steam engine sounds - the hissing of the engine, the clickety-clack of the tracks - further enhance the nostalgic experience.  

The climb continues until the Brocken Railwayreaches the summit station. Here, breathtaking views abound from the Brocken Plateau. Visitors can look over the surrounding mountains, German towns, and beyond. Hiking trails offer the option to hike back down to the mountain's base for those travelers who wish for a challenge. Even making the descent aboard the train, it is easy to see why the Brocken Railwayis a favorite of tourists. 

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