22. May 2017 0

Many times, our hotel guests asked us where the most beautiful spot in the Harz area was. This question is of course not easy to answer since every tourist has their individual preferences. Nonetheless, we would like to introduce you to some of the most beautiful places in the region in our Harz blog.

Where to find the most beautiful spot in the Harz area?

The Harz is a ‘Mittelgebirge’ that has the highest elevations in Northern Germany and its rugged terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. Three nature parks, one biosphere reserve and a geopark form the national park. More than 1 million people visit the 1,141 metre-high (3,743 ft) Brocken annually. One of the most stunning holiday destinations is Bad Lauterberg with the close-by Oder Reservoir. Not to forget the destinations Braunlage and Torfhaus.

Bad Lauterberg is located in the South of Lower Saxony. Since the 19th century the mining town by the river Oder developed into a central for Kneipp aroma therapies and Schroth treatments. The oldest therapeutic bath in North Germany, located 24 miles away from Göttingen, includes a spa garden with an old stock of trees. Guests can enjoy concerts there. The stunning Saint Andreas Church is also a special place for cultural events and highlights. The historical old town offers many places to shop and various cafés. Down town you can find the local museum which is worth visiting and the German Diabetes Museum. The exhibition mine ‘Scholmzeche’ is very popular with families. The Oder Reservoir is right next to city area and a popular destination for water sports people, anglers and campers. Hiking lovers can hike up to the Bismarcktower on the mountain ‘Kummelberg’ or use the long-distance trail ‘Harzer Baudensteig’. Mountain bike trails, Nordic walking parks, the adventure pool VITAMAR, cross-country skiing trails and ski slopes on the mountain ‘Hausberg’ (click here to learn more about our winter offers) will give you the perfect active holiday experience.

The Brocken – the highlight of every Harz vacation

If you travel through the Harz region, you will come across the Brocken mountain many times. It used to be a military prohibited area, now the highest peak of the Harz Mountains has developed into a point of attraction. A paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. You can take a horse-drawn cart from the village Schierke. The mystical mountain landscape can also be reached with the Brocken Railway The trains start from the stations in Wernigerode and Drei-Annen-Hohe. Germany´s most elevated narrow-gauge railway takes you on a tour with a stunning view. The Brocken Garden exists since 1890 and visitors can watch the rare high-altitude plants daily on a tour with the national park ranger. The mountain´s impressive summit can be affected by weather changes, storms and fog in every season of the year.

 

Wonderful skiing holidays in Braunlage

The health resort Braunlage lays within the centre of the Harz region. It is one of the oldest ski resort in whole Germany. The most elevated resort of the region is located 3,300 ft. up the Wurmberg and is connected to the longest cable railway in North German. Next to the ski slopes you can use the toboggan run, the cross-country ski rails, go on a snow shoe hike or on a romantic horse carriage tour. The long-distance trail ‘Harzer Hexenstieg’ and the theme trail ‘Naturmythenpfad’ inspire many hikers during the summer months. The 35-acre big spa park plus the mountain garden offer a broad cultural programme. The natural monuments include the streams ‘Kleine Bodefall’ and ‘Große Bodefall’ and the stone cliff.

Torfhaus is a village in the borough of the mining town of Altenau situated at 2664 ft. and surrounded by the Harz national park. In the old days peat diggers used to live here who worked in the moorlands in the Upper Harz. Nowadays you can explore the regional ecosystem which serves as a precious habitat for rare plants and animals. on hiking trails and wooden bridges. You can reach the national park´s visitor centre with a beautiful view of the Brocken by public transport, by foot, bike or car. During winter, Torfhaus is a popular place for winter activities like skiing and tobogganing.



15. May 2017 0

The Harz area is a paradise for hikers and adventurous travellers who like to follow the magic paths of witches and forest spirits. Because the deep woods in the Harz Mountains are full of legends and myths which thrill young and older tourists likewise. Even though the overview doesn’t include all the sights and attraction that the Harz region has to offer, it gives you a good overlook of the best sights and destinations which you must see during your stay here.

 

What are the must-sees in the Harz region?

Exploring the Harz region, you will eventually go visit the mountain Brocken. The highest peak of the Harz Mountains lets the temperature drop and nature unfold in all its powerful greatness. Even if it´s warm and the valleys are green, a sudden snowfall or an ice storm can happen anytime up there. You can explore the Brocken with the Brocken railway or on a long and exhausting hike.

A trip with the Wurmberg cableway in Braunlage should also be part of your agenda. While taking the cableway to the peak of Lower Saxony´s highest mountain you can enjoy the view of the deep valleys. The trail “Baumwipfepfad” in Bad Harzburg and the Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz) in Goslar are a popular destination. One of the mystical attractions of the region is the unicorn cave which not only enchants little tourists. History fans should go visit the stave church in Hanenklee: its historical past will give you goose bumps. It is a fact that holidays in the Harz region are ideal for active families and couples. Of course, you can reach most attractions via cableway or HEX (Harz-Berlin-Express) but true beauty lies within the deep forests and scenic valleys which are best to explore on a hike.

Tip: Our hotel Panoramic in Bad Lauterberg is the ideal accommodation for a hiking holiday in the Harz Mountains.

From the fairy ring to the “Rosstrappe”

One of the most-known sights in the Harz area are the fairy ring and the “Rosstrappe” (a 403-metre-high (1,322 ft) granite crag in the Harz mountains). Every year like-minded people meet up in the Walpurgis Night to sit around the bonfire and wait for flyovers of the magical spirits. Even though no witch comes flying over them, visitors can experience a magical flyover themselves. You can cross the deep canyons with the cableway and enjoy an impressive panoramic view. The scenic places Schierke and Wernigerode belong to the popular destinations which you must visit during your stay. Wernigerode fascinates with its medieval charm and harmony which not only impresses wedding couples. Small and cosy restaurants and the medieval market square invite you to take a stroll. A sightseeing tour through the Harz region makes you hungry: Wernigerode is the perfect place to wine and dine.

The Harz area– a place with authentic and historical attractions

The deep and dark forest is the basis for many myths and legends. But it is also the place which enchants you with its scenic stillness and where you can be just by yourself. Cable cars and shuttle services allow you to reach beautiful spots without having to walk all the way (especially the tough parts). Cyclists are also more than welcome in the Harz area. Difficult trails over hills and valleys are waiting for you (you find our hotel arrangement for mountain bikers). The scenic places take you back to medieval times with their architecture and nature opening whole world full of magic and legends for you.



7. April 2017 0

Many times, we are asked what the best time to travel to the Harz area is. During the winter and summer months many people go to the Harz region to seek relaxation. But that doesn´t mean that autumn and spring are not a good time to travel to the North German mountain range. On the contrary: If you are looking to spend a relaxed and quiet holiday, the off-season gives you a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful nature peacefully. The Harz Mountains offers something for everyone throughout the whole year. Hiking, biking, skiing, tobogganing or water sports – every season offers the right activity for families and children.

Winter holidays in the Harz Mountains – skiing and tobogganing fun

Winter is the best time for skiing holidays in the Harz Mountains. The moment meteorologists forecast the first snow in the Harz region, the number of guests rises steeply. In many places hosts are prepared for so many guests. The Harz ski runs are being groomed. You find ice rinks in many places where young and old ice skaters are welcome to skate around and enjoy the lovely winter air. Families with children usually go to the toboggan runs. For those who’d like to take it slow this year why not go on a long stroll through the winter wonderland.

Early spring days in the Harz region

In the Harz region it usually takes a bit longer for spring to come around. More nature starts to bloom and blossom when the last bits of snow melt. For the ones who would like to relax and rest after a long winter they should travel to the Harz area during spring to catch the first rays of sunshine and experience nature´s early spring days with all their senses.

Autumn sun and enchanting blaze of colours – the best time of the year to go hiking in the Harz Mountains

Autumn is, especially for hiking holidays, a popular time to travel to the Harz area. It belongs to a touristic region in Germany which has a long tradition. Poet Johan Wolfgang von Goethe hiked up the mountain Brocken and wrote about his deep impressions in his work. In those days hiking in the Harz Mountains posed certain dangers. Now the hiking trails are safe but still offer a lot of adventure. If you don´t feel like walking, then take a bike to explore the region. For an even more adventurous time you should go rafting or even paragliding.

Hikers, romantics and adventurer enjoy the Harz area the most in October. Once the leaves turn red, brown and golden, the region becomes quieter. Nonetheless, many tourists choose to travel to the Harz area purposely. The conditions for long hikes or bike tours are ideal in September and October.

The autumn sun makes the mountain sides sparkle in a beautiful blaze of colours. The now longer evenings invite you to have a romantic dinner or a lovely gathering with friends.

The best time to travel to the Harz region

As you can see, it is not easy to determine the best time for a holiday in the Harz region. Depending on your personal preferences, every season can be ideal for holidays in the Harz Mountains: winter sportspeople obviously go there in winter to go skiing, snowboarding and ice skating, hikers love to go there in autumn and in summer mountain bikers cruise through the forests. And for families with children the Harz region is the ideal place to go throughout the whole year. Therefore, we are not shy to say that the Harz area is worth traveling to no matter which season.


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