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The Harzquerbahn

On the north-south axis of the Harz, between the colourful town of Wernigerode and Nordhausen in Thuringia, experience the lively interplay between all the beauties of these uplands.

When you join the train at Wernigerode, you first pass through this colourful town, idyllically surrounded by houses and gardens. Then, from Steinerne Renne, comes an energy-sapping climb up to Drei Annen Hohne, mastered with great aplomb by out steam locomotives. In this section, you will travel through the tight corners of the Drängetal valley and the only tunnel on any narrow gauge railway in the former East Germany. Then experience a real hikers’ paradise in Drei Annen Hohne!  


However, you also have the option of continuing up to the Brocken’s summit on the Brockenbahn, or of taking the Harzquerbahn to Nordhausen to discover more of these beautiful uplands. The route takes you further across high plateaus to Benneckenstein, and then through deep, thickly wooded valleys to Ilfeld, the hilly gateway to the southern Harz. As your journey continues, marvel at the picturesque buildings in the tranquil settlements of the southern Harz, before the impressive reception building of Nordhausen Nord station invites you to discover this lively town.


We wish you an exciting journey!

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27.05.1896 Concession granted to construct and operate a narrow gauge railway from Nordhausen to Wernigerode, with a branch line to the Brocken
25.06.1896 Foundation of the Nordhausen-Wernigeroder Eisenbahn (NWE)
12.07.1897 Foundation of the Nordhausen-Wernigeroder-Eisenbahn (NWE)
01.05.1898 Commissioning of the Ilfeld – Netzkater route
20.06.1898 Opening of the Wernigerode via Drei Annen Hohne to Schierke route
15.09.1898 Approval of the section of the route from Netzkater - Benneckenstein
27.03.1899 Inauguration of the Drei Annen Hohne - Benneckenstein and Schierke – Brocken route sections.
01.04.1916 Relocation of the administrative seat of the NWE from Nordhausen to Wernigerode
1926 Establishment of an internal road vehicle company for timetabled and leisure services; The "Harzer Roller" becomes a symbol for the buses.
1945-1949 Restriction and cancellation of train transport on the Harzquerbahn and Brockenbahn due to pressure from the Soviet occupying forces
19.01.1949 The NWE is expropriated when the expropriation certificate is handed over by the Soviet military administration.
01.04.1949 The Harzquerbahn, Brockenbahn and former GHE are handed over to the Deutsche Reichsbahn to administer and use them as a trustee.
01.02.1993 The HSB takes over regional ownership of the Harzquerbahn, Selketalbahn and Brockenbahn. This transfer of authority, completed in a record time of just thirteen months, makes it the first non-state-run railway in West Germany with regular passenger and goods transport