The season for this holiday is:
09 May 2020 - 13 October 2020
2 nights: 09 May 2020 - 13 October 2020
Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above
|9 May - 13 Oct 2020||£215||£82|
|3rd & 4th person discount||-£30|
|Single traveller supplement||£30|
£ per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.
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A really "good" holiday, very stimulating and varied, if more eventful than we are used to with Inntravel, what with 40 degree temperatures, a failed taxi transfer and visibility on the Brocken down to 100 metres on the day we were supposed to climb it. We never made it up the Goethe path to the top on Day 3, but rescheduled ourselves and went up and down by the Schmalspurbahn on Day 5. We were glad to have scheduled four extra days. It allowed us to recover from our experience with the melting catenaries and bending rails that meant we got no further than Hannover the day we travelled out. We were able to do the Schloss Wernigerode walk and the Schloss Wernigerode visit on different days. And we got to see Quedlinburg.Navigation proved harder than on our previous ten Inntravel holidays, due in part to the forested nature of much of the walking. A functioning compass would have been a great boon. Ours played up. We had enough German to be able to follow the still untranslated descriptions in the Grenzmuseum and the largely untranslated material on offer at Schloss Wernigerode. These are definitely highlights and the trip would have been poorer without having some of the language. In Wernigerode our best meal was in the garden of the Creperie at 38 Burgstrasse, listed on the internet as Creperie Lorette, but we believe the name has been recently changed. Mandelholz proved an exceptionally nice place to stay.
It is easy to understand why this holiday has been so enthusiastically reviewed by other travellers. Outside of the weekend, the area had few walkers and a great sense of peace and tranquility. We heard few English voices and the advice by others to brush up your German is good advice, don’t expect too much English outside of the hotel reception (except at Torfhause where we found no English was spoken) and few English menus anywhere.
We added additional days at both Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Wernigerode plus the add on stay at Quedlinburg which we would recommend.
The additional days enabled us to undertake both the recommended walks from C-Z and take a trip to Goslar. Both of the walks were very enjoyable and it would be difficult to recommend one over the other. Walking beside the Grabens was reminiscent of walking the Levadas of Madeira without the drops! If you have time after leaving the church in Hahnenklee plan a detour around the lakes to the east to walk more of the Leibesbankweg (Love Seat Way). The coffee and cakes at Polsterhal are to be recommended as are the cakes at Hahnenklee, so even more reason to do both walks!
Goslar is worth a day visit to take in both the town & the Rammmelsberg mine, where the tours in English are excellent and very informative. Recommend you book on English tours before you depart if your German is not that strong. The web site does not offer discount for multiple tours (which are available) but a refund will be given in cash at the mine. Wear warm clothes and good footwear.
The walk up the Brocken was very busy as was the descent by train as we hit this point on a Saturday. If you can, plan to avoid a weekend.
The area sits along the old east/west boarder, but do not expect to see much preserved evidence of this. Understandably the Germans have removed it. There are some bits near Sorge. On the walk from Wurmberg the Schnarcherklippen rock seems to magically appear in the forest, do take time climb the iron staircase up to the top.
If you’ve had your fill of coniferous forests by the time you get to Wernigerode then welcome relief can be had by following the gentle circular route taking in a visit to the castle en route. Wernigerode is beautiful and if you are an aviation enthusiast it has one of the best air museum in Germany and it is walkable from the hotel. Take your phone as the English audio tour is very well presented and informative. The model village is also worth a visit together with a stroll around the Bürgerpark.
The area cannot be reviewed without mention of the HSB narrow gauge railway which features both steam & diesel. In Wernigerode there is a well placed raised observation area from which both engine shed and shunting activity can be viewed.
Our restaurant recommendations here would be the Löwenbrau in Kohlmarkt for German fare and for good tapas Bodega on Marktstrasse, after all there is only so much schweinhaxe you can eat!
The additional days in Quedlinburg are well worth it, so many old streets of half timbered houses. We would recommend taking the train to Thale and the cable car up to the Hexentanzplatz and then following an approximately 18km walk to Tresburg and then back along the river to Thale. A good map can be purchased from tourist information for €2.95. Our eating recommendation here would be the fish restaurant Fisch-Kate on Lange Grass. Simply cooked quality fish at a good price.
Overall a good range of walks with no difficult paths, indeed probably about 60% is walked on wide gravel forestry tracks making walking shoes the ideal choice of footwear. One final piece of advice, avoid arriving or departing on a Sunday as German railways are every bit as chaotic and disorganised as those in the UK on that day.
This was our first experience of a walking holiday and booking with Inntravel. The organisation of the holiday made it so easy and key tips and notes in the Holiday guide on the rail travel and local customers made the experience less stressful. The walking and the hotels chosen added to the travel experience, by providing authentic experiences of local foods, culture and knowledge.