Cultural Heart of Germany Rail Holiday
This attractive route takes you through the 'Cultural Heart of Germany', combining the three federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, the centrepieces of German history and culture.
Price from £799*
*Lead in price is based on two people sharing a twin room.
|Day 1 - London to Eisenach||There is no better place to begin your rail holiday in Germany than by visiting the historical city of Eisenach. If you have time, visit the Wartburg Castle that towers in all its splendour high above the town. No other castle is more closely associated with German history than the Wartburg. It is the place where Saint Elisabeth lived and worked and Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German.|
|Day 2 - Eisenach to Leipzig||From Eisenach your journey continues on to Leipzig, the city of Goethe's 'Faust' and Bach's 'St Matthew Passion'.|
|Day 3 - Leipzig||Discover the city and its surroundings. Go on a stroll through the charming city centre with its enchanting historic buildings. Visit the beautiful Old Town with its Renaissance and Baroque churches, the many street markets and the university, one of the oldest in Europe.|
|Day 4 - Leipzig to Dresden||After a short train journey you will arrive in Dresden, where you will spend two nights. Dresden is a city overflowing with culture. Steeped in tradition and historic character, the city boasts a great variety of attractions and magnificent architecture that shapes the famous skyline. The city has now been meticulously restored to its former glory and shines in all its Saxon splendour and Baroque beauty. See the sandstone dome of Dresden's most iconic landmark, the Frauenkirche. For the best views, venture over the river into the New Town (Neustadt), where you'll be greeted by the glorious 'Golden Cavalier' statue. You should try some local Saxon specialities in one of the many gourmet taverns or brewery houses in the Old Town.|
|Day 5 - Dresden||Enjoy another day in Dresden.|
|Day 6 - Dresden to Weimar||From Dresden, you will travel to your next stop Weimar. The famous German poet Goethe once said about Weimar: 'Where else do you find so many good things in such a small place?' Learn more about this fascinating town that has played an important role as an intellectual centre in the late 18th and early 19th century. Don't miss out on the UNESCO World Heritage listed buildings from the 'Classical Weimar' period.|
|Day 7 - Weimar to Cologne||Cologne, one of Germany's oldest cities, is famous for its historic gems and vivacious carnival celebrations. The twin spires of the Gothic cathedral tower over the heart of Cologne's charming Old Town and its countless cultural and historic treasures. From bustling bars and restaurants to peaceful gardens and museums, Cologne is a colourful city with a lively atmosphere.|
|Day 8 - Cologne to Londonr||Return journey from Cologne to London.|