14. March 2023 0

In the Middle Ages, numerous cities were built in Germany within a few decades. A few of them are still well preserved today. We tell you where you can find beautiful medieval towns in the Harz Mountains. If you are interested in history, you should take a close look at them.

Visit the 5 most beautiful medieval towns in the Harz Mountains

The area around our hotel is rich in history and culture. The best way to experience this is to visit the medieval Harz towns. These towns, with their well-preserved buildings and narrow streets, have a unique charm and atmosphere that will take you back in time. In this hotel blog, we will introduce you to some of the most beautiful historic towns in the Harz Mountains that you can visit and experience. Read on and let yourself be enchanted by the beauty and charm of the medieval towns in the Harz on a round trip!

1. Goslar

Goslar is a city with a lot of German history. The city is located in Lower Saxony on the northeastern edge of the Harz Mountains. It was founded in 922 as a merchant settlement. Traces from that time can still be seen today. There is something to discover on every corner. The center of the old town is the market place. Around 1500 half-timbered houses can be admired in the old town. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a wonderful way to experience history in a different way. The old town hall is also located in the old town. The landmark of Goslar is the market fountain. A golden eagle decorates the fountain in a very special way. The lower bowl of the fountain probably dates back to the 12th century. The upper bowl, which originally belonged to an independent fountain, dates from between 1200 and 1230. The Schuhhof is the oldest square in Goslar. Various modern buildings are surrounded by half-timbered houses. Goslar is an imperial city. Therefore, the Imperial Palace is one of the highlights in Goslar. There is much to discover here.

2. Quedlinburg

In Quedlinburg every house tells its story. Here you can dive into the past at every turn. Quedlinburg is located in Saxony-Anhalt and was founded over 1000 years ago. In 922, the city was first mentioned in a document. With over 1300 well-preserved half-timbered houses, Quedlinburg is one of the most popular and exceptional medieval towns in Europe. As early as the 10th century, the striking castle hill was built, where German kings and emperors resided over time. To the left of the castle stands the cathedral, built in typical Romanesque style. From the castle hill you have a magnificent view over the city. The old town, which can be seen from here, is one of the largest in Germany. The market square is the center of the city. The town hall dates back to the 14th century.

3. Stolberg

Stolberg is rightly considered one of the most beautiful villages in Germany. The town is located in Saxony-Anhalt and can also look back on a long history. The old half-timbered houses enchant every visitor. In 1357 Stolberg was founded in a document. However, many suspect that the place is much older. In the alleys, many small houses of day laborers alternate with larger, taller buildings of merchants. There is not a single staircase in the historic town hall. This particular building has outside stairs. These must be used if one wants to reach another floor. The alleys are sometimes so narrow that larger vehicles must drive carefully.

4. Wernigerode

Not for nothing Wernigerode is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The center of the city is the historic market square. Here is also the “Leaning House”, where the sense of balance can be tested. The pedestrian zone with its many historic buildings invites you to dream. Numerous half-timbered houses can be admired here. Wernigerode Castle stands on the remains of a 12th century castle. The castle can be reached comfortably with the Bimmelbahn. Inside the castle, various rooms can be visited. They show the life of the high nobility. The movie “The Little Ghost” was filmed in Wernigerode Castle.

5. Halberstadt

Halberstadt is also worth a visit during a visit to the Harz Mountains. The city, which is over 1200 years old, takes the visitor back to times gone by. Numerous church buildings and residential caves are the highlights of the city. Art lovers will also get their money’s worth here. Halberstadt is especially famous for its medieval cathedral. The city was founded in 804 and is located in Saxony-Anhalt.


Each of these cities holds many secrets just waiting to be discovered. Those who visit them are automatically transported to another time and can experience the rich history and culture of this region firsthand. From impressive architecture to charming alleys and squares, there is much to discover and experience in each historic Harz town.

Whether you’re looking for a lively town full of restaurants and bars or a quieter town with historic charm, the Harz Mountains offer something for everyone. We hope that with this hotel blog we could give you an insight into the beauty and charm of the medieval towns in the Harz Mountains and that you feel inspired to visit and explore this fascinating region.


20. June 2022 0

We love awards! Also this year, the Hotel Panoramic in Bad Lauterberg was again awarded by HolidayCheck. Our house thus belongs to this select circle of top hotels in the Harz, which have done a great job despite the special Corona circumstances in the vacation year 2021! Our biggest thanks go to all our dear guests, without whom we would never have received this award.

The popular review portal presented its HolidayCheck Award for the 17th time in 2022. Due to the Corona pandemic, it is a “Special Award” for the second time. A total of 619 hotels in 27 countries received the award based on over 360,000 reviews. The Hotel Panoramic in the Harz Mountains is one of them!


11. February 2022 0

Our Hotel Panoramic was again certified with the seal ServiceQuality Germany! We are pleased about the renewed award, because service is written large in our hotel, for you, dear guests.

“With the certification, we have set ourselves the goal of continuously improving our operation in the interests of our customers and employees,” says Mr. Seidel, Managing Director (right in the picture). Also Mr. Mahn, hotel director (left in the picture), looks positively and gratefully into the future of our business and is pleased about the renewed award:


6. January 2022 0

Dear guests, we are pleased to inform you that the Panoramic Hotel has been successfully re-certified by Dehoga Lower Saxony and “KinderFerienLand Niedersachsen”. The certificates are awards we are very proud of, because our guests should always feel comfortable and get what they want with us.

Successful recertification by Dehoga Niedersachsen & KinderFerienLand Niedersachsen

The KinderFerienLand seal is awarded by TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH. It serves as an orientation aid for families in finding child- and family-friendly adventure facilities as well as vacation accommodations and restaurants.

A number of minimum requirements must also be met for the Dehoga award, and DEHOGA experts check for compliance on site. Professional competence, service performance and complaint management are areas to which the inspectors pay particular attention.

By the way: Here you can find all awards of the Hotel Panoramic at a glance!

19. October 2017 0

Our previous kitchen manager, Mr. Michael Neumann, has decided to take on a new professional challenge since 01.10.2017. We wish him all the best for his further career!

Therefore, we are happy to welcome our new kitchen manager Mr Sarkis since 15.09.2017 who has made national and international experience. Our new kitchen manager focuses on light Mediterranean menus but home-style cuisine is also one of his specialties.

We are delighted to work with him: The whole team welcomes Mr Sarkis!


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!

28. February 2017 0

Our reliable and hardworking colleague, friend and co-worker, Dzemail Ibraimovic, was close to being deported. Dzemail Ibraimovic has been working in our hotel since February 2015 and supports us daily with his effort and efficiency. He is much appreciated within the team and our guests enjoy his friendliness and good service daily.

31. July 2016 0

The summer and family party starts at 4pm with a diverse entertainment programme for kids: Bouncy castle, face painting, mini golf tournament, creative corner and a magic show and more. And of course, the hotel´s mascot “Sunny the clown and our pirate “Hinkefuß” (peg leg) will be there as well. From 5pm onwards our three musicians “Juicy Fruits” for a musical atmosphere. There will be a barbeque, coffee and cake, and of course cold drink of all sorts. Another highlight of the evening will be the cocktail show – presented by the restaurant manager and his team. Free entrance! The Panoramic team is looking forward to seeing many guests.

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