This 19km branch lineof the HSB/Harzer Schmalspurbahnen runs from Drei Annen Hohne to the summit of Brocken. It first became a popular way of travel when the line came into service on the 27 th March 1899. There are wonderful picture postcards from around 1900
Fresh hopecame towards the end of 1989 in the days following the opening of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. Brocken's walls remained closed at first but a strong desire to visit Brocken welled up. Eager groups of protestors and walkers came to the Brocken outer walls on Sunday 3 rd December 1989 carrying banners reading, "A free Brocken for a free people." That day the Brocken Wall gates re-opened to the public.
Thoughts of re-openingthe line stirred very quickly. Some groups of
The journey is an atmospheric one.Passengers are eager to find window seats whilst camera carrying passengers find vantage points out on the swaying carriage outer decks. The engine works hard up the hillsides as the train winds through the forests and around the curves. Some of these are big and others are very tight. As the journey opens out from the tight packed forests there are wonderful views, including those westward to the Wurmberg hillside and towards Torfhaus. The journey is even more fascinating and beautiful in winter.
The Brockenbahn Railway is economically vitalto the HSB and full
A tip! If you have a car it is better to park at Drei Annen Hohne and to catch the train from there. Sometimes there may be 3 or 4 trains at this station simultaneously.