29. June 2017 0

Even when summer´s just started, it is worth to think about the next winter vacation in the Harz region. Because once the first snow starts falling, the hotels and apartments in the region are quickly fully booked. Reason: the Harz area belongs to the best regions for winter sports in Germany because of its magical landscape, stunning nature, beautiful places and all the activities to do for young and old. If you would like to spend your skiing holidays here, be prepared for stunning mountain landscape, large skiing areas and of course a lot of snow. But which area guarantees snow and where to find the highlights of the region?

Is there always snow in the Harz region?

The Harz region with its weather conditions is especially attractive during winter sports seasons. Every winter tourists gets their money’s worth: ski slopes, cross-country ski trails, toboggan runs and cleared hiking paths. But of course, there isn´t snow all year around in the Harz region. But during winter, the Harz Mountains are the region where it is most likely to snow in Germany. While planning your winter holidays in the Harz region you can check easily in advance how much snow there is and how low the temperature is. Different websites on the internet let you know how much snow is falling and how much snow there will be as well as the fallen snow from the previous years. Some slopes and toboggan runs have snow machines which guarantee the winter fun even when the weather is not as we want it to be. That means: winter sports people never have to go without snow in the Harz region.

What are the winter sports areas where it is most likely to snow?

Where to we find snow in the Harz area? We would like to answer this commonly asked question in our hotel blog. The following holiday destinations are the places where it is most likely to snow in the Harz area. All places are quick and easy to reach from our hotel by car.

The Brocken

The 1,141 metre-high (3,743 ft.) mountain the Brocken is the highest mountain in the Harz region and has a very harsh almost Nordic climate. Getting to the misty summit of the mountain is easy by taking the Brocken Railway. Maximally, there is 37 inches of snow on the Brocken. Quick changes of weather are very possible, therefore: Watch out, hikers! But you will be wowed by the magical and absolutely unique mountain scenery.

The Wurmberg in Braunlage

The skiing resort at the mountain Wurmberg is a paradise for winter sports people and hikers. The 971 metre-high (3,186 ft.) mountain is the highest and biggest ski resort in the Harz region. The diverse site has so much to offer, from the steep descent to the freestyle parkour for snowboarder. The ski trails for cross-country skiers are partly lit and the many toboggan runs offer fun for the little ones.



Torfhaus is a village in the borough of the mining town of Altenau at an altitude of about 2625 ft. above sea level. Here you find great opportunities for skiing and tobogganing for young and old. The ski lift ‘Große Torfhauslift am Rinderkopf’ takes you to a 1312 ft.-long ski slope. The ‘Brockenblick’ is only 1650 ft. and offers toboggan fun for the whole family on a 985 ft.-long slope.

Bad Lauterberg (cross-country skiing trail in the Southern Harz)

Surrounded by beautiful landscape, streams and still mountain lakes, lays the Lauterberg spa. Here you have access to the large cross- country skiing trail area ‘Südharz’ (southern Harz) which is 29 miles long and includes an almost 985 ft.-long ski slope with a ski tow lift. Some variety is provided by one toboggan run and many cleared trails for lovely winter hikes.

Upper Harz Plateau

A classic amongst the winter sports areas in the West of the Harz region is the Upper Harz plateau. The little villages are waiting for you with their many toboggan runs. The highlight is the 4920-ft. long slope in Hahnenklee. Don´t worry if you´re waiting for snow, a snow blower will provide the snow you need. Thanks to lighting you can use the toboggan run until 8pm. And of course, there are slopes for skiers as well.

No matter where there is snow in the Harz Mountains: our hotel is the ideal starting point for a wonderful winter vacation in the Harz region!

9. June 2017 0

Bad Lauerberg is located South in the Upper Harz area and is surrounded by green hills of the Harz nature park. The Hotel Panoramic is the ideal starting point to explore the South of the Harz region. We would like to introduce you to the most amazing trips in this region in our hotel blog.

The Hausberg in Bad Lauterberg with the fort Lutterberg

The mountain Hausberg with the fort Lutterberg is probably the most popular sight and the most beautiful day trip in Bad Lauterberg. Since 1954 visitors take the fort´s cable car from the city centre to the peak of the Hausberg (do not worry: the cable car was renovated in 2000). With a gradient of 63% the fort´s cable car is the steepest double chair lift in the whole of Germany. On top of the Hausberg you can visit the ruins of the fort Lutterberg and enjoy the beautiful view on the city and the surrounding mountains from the restaurant´s terrace.

Bismarckturm Bad Lauterberg

The monument Bismarck tower (Bismarckturm) is another popular destination in Bad Lauterberg. You can go on a lovely hike to the tower starting in the city centre. We recommend the 1.3-mile-long hiking trial via the path ‘Lönsweg’ which takes you past the building of the association for environmental protection ‘Naturfreundehaus’.


But please don´t underestimate the hike to the Bismarck tower since you have to overcome 820 ft. of altitude. Book an affordable room for your hiking trip through the Harz Mountain at our hotel.

Oder Dam and Oder Reservoir

You can reach the Oder Dam and the Oder Reservoir on a short walk from the Hotel Panoramic. This route is not a big challenge for experienced hikers but a beautiful hiking tour for families with children. You find lovely restaurants at the dam, where you can eat and have a cold drink. For hikers who prefer longer tours, we recommend a hike around the whole Oder Reservoir.


Unicorn Cave

The unicorn cave is located close to Scharzfeld and is the biggest visitor cave in the Western part of the Harz region. The cave offers a special sound event: visitors can go on a journey to their inner selves while being enchanted by sounds of sound bowls, gongs and other harmonic instruments. You can reach the unicorn cave within a couple of minutes by car from our hotel in Bad Lauterberg and is a great idea for a daytrip on rainy days.

Ask our team at the reception if you would like to know more tips and ideas about what to do in the area around the hotel in Bad Lauterberg. Don´t hesitate to ask us!

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