10. August 2017 0

Dogs are very welcomed guests in our Harz Mountains Hotel. Millions of four-legged friends are not just a pet in Germany but rather a full member of the family. That´s why dog owners go on Harz vacations with their furry friends. Our motto is “if the owners feels content the dog is happy as well”. Therefore, you and your furry baby will spend relaxing days at our dog friendly accommodation. Even though we are not just an exclusive dog hotel, our hotel guest´s pets are more than welcome. Our today´s travel blog entry is about useful tips for our guests to have a stress-free vacation with their dogs in the Harz region.

Harz vacation with dogs – tips you should know

  • The Harz area is a very dog friendly region. The many and well signposted hiking trails and forest paths in the Harz region are ideal for long hiking tours with dogs. But please keep in mind that dogs have to be kept on a leash in the forest if the dog doesn´t stay close to the owner or listens to their commands. But you find a dog forest in Wildemann with an enclosed area where your dog can run freely through the woods and explore without being tempted to hunt wildlife.
  • Swimming for dogs is allowed at most of the ponds and lakes in the Harz region unless it´s a pond for drinkable water. But to be cautious of the human bathing guests, we recommend taking your dog to the ponds and lakes which are rarely used by the other guests.
  • If you want to take the narrow-gauge railway up to the Brocken with your dog you should keep these couple of things in mind: Dogs must wear a muzzle on the Brocken Railway. You also have to buy a ticket (50% off the regular price) for your dog if its bigger than 20 cm (c. 8 inches). Moreover, dogs are not allowed in the restaurants ‘Brockengaststätte’
  • We ask our guests to keep their dogs on a leash inside and outside the hotel and to clean their little paws after a long walk. Also, the hotel and the neighbouring properties are not a dog´s toilet. But we are sure you understand.
  • If the dog owners follow the rules above, nothing stands in the way of a relaxed Harz vacation! If you have any questions regarding the stay at our hotel with dogs, we are happy to answer them.

29. May 2017 0

House Running – from June 2017 – Hotel Panoramic, Bad Lauterberg in the Harz region

Finally, it is time, on the 4th of June from 2pm onwards: our newest attraction ‘house running’ opens! In addition, we present you a diverse programme for the kids like our clown Figaro, face painting, mini golf for the whole family and much, much more. Nice food and cold drinks will be of course provided.

House running (sometimes called wall running or sky running) in the Harz region gives you the ultimate adrenaline rush: all participants run down the building walls vertically with their face faced downwards. This adventurous and trendy sport has now made it to the Harz area!

You will get safety equipment and get on the narrow platform at the outer wall of the Panoramic Hotel in Bad Lauterberg, Lower Saxony. You will start feeling the adrenalin the moment you take your first step off the edge. Come on! You will tilt forward and look 164 ft. down to the ground. Pure adrenalin! Once you´ve taken the first step you´ll start your exciting way down the building´s wall.


On the 4th June we offer you an opening price: 39,00 € per Person per ‘run’.

To book the house running call 0049 (0) 5524-9620 or send an e-mail to info@outdoorfriend.de.

For the foreseeable future we offer house running each Saturday from 100am until 4pm.

House Running in the Harz region– services:

  • instruction and preparation
  • appointment after booking for a weekend in 2017 (June until October)
  • equipment is provided
  • duration: about 1 hour
  • when the weather is bad new appointments will be scheduledEnjoy your unique experience!
  • for questions regarding the house running in the Harz region or for bookings please contact: info@outdoorfriend.de

5. April 2017 0

We love travel blogs: So called travel bloggers talk about their travelling experience on their websites. Most of these posts are about exotic countries including stunning holiday impression which make you want to pack your suitcase as well. But it doesn´t always have to be Thailand, Bali or New Zealand. We were delighted to see that many travel bloggers who went on a family vacation or hiking and trekking tours explored the beautiful Harz area. Therefore, we would like to present to our readers interesting posts about the Harz region from the blogger scene on our hotel blog in the future.

These travel blogs tell you more about trips in the Harz area

A ride on the Brocken Railway is a great experience: Taking the train up the mountain at a comfortable speed is an unforgettable trip for young and old! The Bravebird travel blog gives you useful tips about a trip to the mountain the ‘Brocken’. The family blog Motte offers you an interesting post and many beautiful photos of a trip to the hiking path ‘Baumwipfelpfad’ in Bad Harzburg.

City dwellers appreciate the amazing nature of the Harz region as well – no matter what time of the year. The blog written by berlinfreckles talks about a beautiful weekend trip with lovely autumn weather in the Harz area. The blogger also says that this trip brought back lovely childhood memories of hers.

Not only parents like to take their children to the Harz Mountains: Many grandparents love to spend a great weekend with their grandchildren in beautiful Germany. Gabriela tells us in her travel blog about a delightful Easter weekend with her grandchildren including trips to the visitor’s mine of Rammelsberg, to the Wernigerode Castle, to the aviation museum in Wernigerode, to the Oder Dam, a ride on the Wurmberg cable railway to the highest mountain in the whole of Lower Saxony (the second highest one in the Harz region after the ‘Brocken’) as well as going to see the bonfire on Easter Saturday in Saint Andreasberg. Quite a tight programme for just one Easter weekend!


The Harz region is also perfect for hiking tours with dogs. Dog owners should only keep in mind to leash their dogs while hiking. Next to all the well-known sights, the Harz area offers many exciting insider tips. Maddie presents one of these in her travel blog: the hiking trail Scheeptal. You don’t need to go far to experience amazing things: The Globetrotters give great tips on their blog about father and son trekking in the Upper Harz.

Also quite popular with hikers: the 11 km long hike “the Kästeklippentour”. The hiking trail was awarded by the “Deutsches Wanderinstitut “(German Hiking Institute) to be a premium trail since it offers bizarre rock formations which you can admire in Torben´s travel blog. Have you also spent a holiday in the Harz area and wrote a blog post about it? Then please post a link in the comments. We´d love to read about your impressions.

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