Harz Travel Guide

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  • witches can be pretty too!
    witches can be pretty too!
    by tedesco58
  • Harz
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Harz Things to Do

  • Walpurgis

    Everywhere in the Harz mountains regions there is a great feast in the night from 30th April to 1st May called 'Walpurgis'Witches and devils are having a great party and get burned at midnight. Then the virgin queen of May is arriving.This feast symbolizes the end of winter time to welcome the spring.

  • Wernigerode-Another Architectural Gem

    Travelling east from Bad Lauterburg, Wernigerode is another city well worth a visit. The Harzquerbahn sets out from Wernigerode on it's journey to the Brocken and you can board here or at Drei Ahne Honen. As in Quedlinburg and Goslar the architecture in the centre is stunning, with wooden beamed, highly ornate buildingson all sides. This city has a...

  • Take a Hike!

    Once you have gotten over the excitement of reaching the top of the Brocken you must then find ways to amuse yourself until it's time to catch the train back to Wernigerode. If the museum doesn't appeal then I suggest taking a hike downhill along one of the wellmarked trails. This is great fun but don't be overenthusiastic - climbing back up is a...

  • Strange Entertainment at the Panoramic

    The Panoramic Apartment Complex organises entertainment most evenings in the summer. Much of this was the usual mix of local accordion bands featuring boys with lederhosen and girls with colourful traditional dresses. Some of the entertainment was startlingly original though. The evening we arrived for instance, children were being lowered from the...

  • Journeys End - TheTop of the Brocken

    Reaching the top of the Brocken is initially thrilling but for us anyway, soon lapsed into anticlimax as it failed to live up to our romantic expectations. It is covered with a mass of satelite dishes, and a jumble of half-completed, weirdly-shaped buildings. There is a museum with details of the Flora and Fauna of the area but I think when you...

  • Glocken-und-Figurenspiel

    In the central market square in Goslar a crowd gathers as noon approaches. The bells on the municipal treasury building begin to chime and to our delight, a small drama unfolds. The first of three doors opens oh-so-slowly and large figures emerge and weave their way in and out of three seperate entrances.A five minute puppet show follows and the...

  • Getting an aerial perspective.

    Bad Lauterburg is a ski resort and the ski lift continues to operate in summer. Going up is no problem but for anybody with a tendency towards vertigo, coming down is just a little bit scary. The chair only slows down briefly so you have to leap in and before you catch your breath you are soaring off into the great blue yonder. Definitely a thrill...

  • Bad Lauterberg - A Bed for the Night.

    Our base for exploring the Harz is Bad Lauterburg, a busy Spa town and resort where people from all over Germany come to take various water cures. Surrounded on all sides by the rolling Harz, the town is a pretty pastiche of red tiled roofsand deepest green conifers. Many of the houses are timbered and overflowing windowboxes make rainbows off...

  • East to Quedlinburg

    Quedlinburg on a Saturday afternoon is deserted.The 80 hectares of historical buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage site are all there as declared in the guide books but approaching the old town there is not a person in sight. In the main square some cafes are open and there is a sprinkling of tourists. An ice-cream seller reveals the reson for...

  • Gorgeous Goslar

    Goslar at the extreme northern edge of the Harz is a UNESCO world heritage site and fairly hums with life and activity . It is famous for its Imperial Palace from where German Emperors once ruled and for the Rammelsberg silver mines which contributed greatly to the city's prosperity. For us the whole city was a delight with a combination of...

  • Huffing and Puffing En Route to The...

    Travel to the top of the Brocken by Harzquerbahn and enjoy a ride on one of the oldest steam trains still in operation. The train runs from the town of Vernigerode via Drei Ahnen Hohne and Schierke to the 1,142 metre high summit. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The photo shows the little railway station of Drei Ahnen Hone as the...

  • Brocken museum at the peak of Brocken...

    It is recommended to visit the Brockenhaus building, which operates as a National Park. Visitor Centre and is open daily The numerous interesting presentations here provide information about the Harz National Parks, their flora, fauna, and geology as well as the climate and the changing history of the Brocken. r%


Harz Off The Beaten Path

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    by Jia-Jiun Written May 14, 2003

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    It's a little path leading up to the pavilion on the hill over looking the Heiburg village. It's great during the winter time when it's completely covered with snow. We raced up the hill and slide down. Pulling tree branches so all the snow fall on to the person behind! Ha Ha! Great fun!

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  • Air so Fresh ,Water so Soft.

    Holidays should be relaxing but very often they can be more stressfull then remaining at home. In my opinion, a holiday in this part of Germany will definitely refresh both your body and your soul. With so many Spa towns there are a huge array of wellness treatments available but these are not necessary. Places like Bad Lauterburg are so removed...

  • Harz National Park

    Harz National Park and High Harz National Park The two National Parks, Harz and High Harz, are located in one of the most fascinating middle mountain landscapes of Europe. This protected area stretches across two federal states. Founded on October 1, 1990, the High Harz National Park in Saxony-Anhalt today covers 8,900 hectare (22,000 acres) and...

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