Goslar to Frankfurt - Harz Mts. Route

Apr 15th, 2004, 09:39 AM
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Goslar to Frankfurt - Harz Mts. Route

Beginning to plan a trip in autumn to Germany. I'd probably be traveling south from Hamburg or Lubeck to Frankfurt. Goslar sounds like a good stop-over - any opinions on places to stay in Goslar or perhaps another town? How much of a look at the Harz Mountains would I get traveling from Goslar to Frankfurt? Alternative route suggestions welcomed. Thank you
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Apr 15th, 2004, 09:41 AM
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Forgot to mention that mode of transport would be by train. Also, is late October too late for seeing autumn foliage in that part of Germany? Many thanks.
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Apr 15th, 2004, 10:13 AM
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Goslar is a lovely town. Hameln is very nice as well. Closer to the main route south, Northeim or Goettingen are nice stops as well.

You won't see much nature within Goslar - you'll need to get further into the hills from there. The Brockenbahn is a train that leaves nearby Wernigerode and climbs to the top of the harz' highest mountain, the Brocken. It's a private railway which uses steam locomotives and runs about 20 Euros round trip for the 1 hr. + ride each way. There may also be some buses from Goslar into the hills, but I don't know of them. I've been further in than Goslar or Wernigerode, myself.

We stayed in a very nice hostel in Northeim - but I suspect you are looking for something a bit more upscale than a hostel.
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Apr 15th, 2004, 11:08 AM
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Russ - Thanks for the reply. The train to the top of the Brocken sounds super. Any idea whether it shuts down after the summer?
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Apr 15th, 2004, 11:56 AM
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The railway up to Brocken runs all year through. I took it in winter and enjoyed it very much. Make sure you have a clear and sunny day - you need good luck for that.

Wernigerode is also a nice town to stay in. Smaller than Goslar, closer to the mountains and a "Neuschwanstein" - like castle above the town.

Late Oct is perfect for autumn foliage.
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Apr 15th, 2004, 12:58 PM
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Here's a page on the train in English:

www.hsb-wr.de/hsb1113e.htm

And a schedule of trains:

www.hsb-wr.de/fahrplaene/faisy/s325h.htm
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Apr 15th, 2004, 02:43 PM
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Thank you very much!
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