Black Forest to Saxony: A Continental Railway Journey

From £1,049 per person // 9 days
Follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo as you travel from southern Germany’s enchanting Black Forest, via the romantic city of Heidelberg, the financial powerhouse of Frankfurt, through to the university city of Göttingen, in the northern region of Saxony.

Black Forest to Saxony: A Continental Railway Journey

From £1,049 per person // 9 days
The Essentials
  • Black Forest: Freiburg im Breisgau and the surrounding area
  • Heidelberg: Romantic city with castle and beautiful old town
  • Frankfurt: Europe and Germany’s financial powerhouse
  • Göttingen: Lively and pretty university town in Lower Saxony
  • Finish your epic journey with a trip along the spectacular Rhine Gorge route between Frankfurt and Cologne.
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What's included
  • Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
  • Baden-Wurttemberg Ticket to explore the Black Forest
  • 8 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • City maps and comprehensive hotel directions
  • Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets and hotel vouchers
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Black Forest to Saxony: A Continental Railway Journey

Take a Eurostar from London across to Brussels today and connect with the excellent German InterCity Express (ICE) train network.

With an easy platform change you will be in Freiburg im Breisgau, the gateway to the Black Forest, in time for an evening meal.

Wake up in Germany’s sunniest city (Freiburg gets 2000 hours of annual sunshine) and take a stroll through the medieval Old Town with its impressive Gothic architecture, charming plazas and cobbled streets.

With your appetite whetted, strike out to the wooded southern slopes of the legendary Black Forest, Germany’s most treasured region. Providing the setting for many Grimm fairytale, its dense forests, glacial lakes and romantic valleys are both magical and mysterious.

Travel north on the train this morning to the beautiful city of Heidelberg alongside the Neckar River.

The main attraction for all visitors is, of course, Heidelberg Castle, perched on the slopes of Mt Königstuhl, some 220 feet above the Neckar River. It’s easy to see why, too. Together with the Old Bridge, the castle and its surrounding buildings are arguably amongst the most impressive sights in all of Germany. A famous seat of learning, you too can feel like a student in the welcoming and time-honoured student bars, no matter how old you are!

From the fairytale scenery of southern Germany to the polished cityscape of Frankfurt. Get your bearings 650 feet above street level at the Main Tower, one of the city’s most distinctive high rises, then follow in Michael Portillo’s footsteps to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange to see the city’s bankers hard at work on the trading floor (free tours are available – advance booking necessary). Meander your way around the city via the network of riverfront promenades, stopping off at the city’s historical highlights including the Opera House and the Kaiserdom, an impressive red sandstone cathedral crowned by a 300-ft high Gothic tower.

Take an InterCity Train for around 90 minutes today to the university city of Göttingen, famous for nurturing more than 40 Nobel Prize winners.

Göttingen is best navigated by foot as the city’s charm lies in its peaceful streets, historic half-timbered houses, and pretty Market. While away a leisurely afternoon in one of the many cafes, or join the students for a night on the town, for Gottingen is known for its nightlife as much as its cafe culture.


While in northern Germany at Göttingen, it is remarkably easy to extend your trip with a 2 or 3 night stay in the German capital Berlin. With its fascinating recent history, breathtaking sights and lively atmosphere, Berlin truly is a world-class year-round destination waiting to be explored.

Ask one of the team for details.

Today your German adventure comes to an end as you commence your journey back to London. However, there is one last treat in store, as you travel through the dramatic and spectacular Rhine Gorge route, past the Loreley Rock and numerous other castles as the railway twists and turns in time with the mighty river, which has long been a lifeblood of the region.

Connect in the cathedral-city of Cologne with an InterCity Express train back to the Eurostar terminal in Brussels.

Typical hotels on this itinerary

Black Forest to Saxony: A Continental Railway Journey
Freiburg im Breisgau
Novotel am Konzerthaus

The Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus is situated next to the city’s major Concert Hall and offers easy access to the historic old town as well as the station, which is just 100 metres away. The hotel also boasts an indoor pool, a spa area, a restaurant and a bar where you can enjoy drinks and snacks in the evening.

Hollaender Hof

Located directly beside the Alte Brücke, this historic three-star hotel in Heidelberg’s quaint Old Town district offers classical-style rooms and views of the spectacular Philosophers’ Way.

The spacious rooms feature free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a minibar, and a safety deposit box. Most provide air conditioning and/or views of the River Neckar.

Manhattan Hotel

This modern hotel is opposite Frankfurt’s main train station and offers 55 non-smoking rooms, free WiFi, and a 24-hour bar.

The hotel has bright rooms with desks, minibar, and flat-screen satellite TV. An extensive breakfast buffet is available at the Manhattan every day.

Central Hotel Göttingen

Just a 10-minute walk from Göttingen Train Station, this hotel offers a quiet garden, free Wi-Fi, and individually furnished rooms with cable TV.

Located in the pretty Old Town district of Göttingen, Hotel Central has brightly decorated rooms with a work desk and private bathroom.

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Black Forest to Saxony: A Continental Railway Journey
Crowne Plaza Hotel

This modern, stylish hotel offers comfortable accommodation and excellent facilities, all within 5 minutes’ walk of Heidelberg’s historic Old Town. Bedrooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also an indoor swimming pool and well-equipped gym facilities.

Villa Kennedy Hotel

The beautiful Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy is a luxurious hotel which occupies a historic villa with its own stunning inner courtyard. The contemporary style non-smoking bedrooms and suites feature soundproofed windows, high speed internet and marble mosaic bathrooms with underfloor heating. There is also an Italian restaurant and a lively bar area.

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These prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single supplements will apply for sole occupancy. It is based on Standard Class rail travel and includes seat reservations as necessary. It is based on the best fares on the trains. If you travel during a peak period, particularly at short notice, then supplements may apply.

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