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Der Harz

Collegiate church Quedlinburg
Cableway Thale
Selke valley
Wernigerode castle
Hiking in the Harz mountains
Harzer Schmalspurbahn
Bode valley
Halberstadt cathedral

Bright diversity in Middle Germany

Hike through untouched nature, go on adventurous mountain bike torus, see festinating UNESCO world cultural heritage sites, centuries-old buildings and the largest rose collection in the world in Sangerhausen when you come to the Harz. The Northern-most low mountain range of Germany houses famous sites such as Quedlinburg, Wernigerode and Luther town Eisleben and Goslar.

The 1142 metres high Brocken mountain is an alpine island in the low mountain range and the place where witches' dance floor near Thale fascinates with its mystic feel. Be enchanted as well when visiting the West of Saxony-Anhalt. Experience a dance around the fire in the middle of the enormous nature backdrop of the witches' dance floor, be amazed by the Devil's Wall near Blankenburg, which, according to legend, was broken by the devil in a fury, or visit one of the many stalactite caves with formations reminiscent of enchanted creatures. Of course, you can also see these attractions when hiking through the impressive nature of the Harz mountains.

Bizarre rock ravines, wild waterfalls, edgy rock cliffs, dense mountain forests and picturesque river dams will surround you along the 8,000 kilometres of hiking trails. One of the hiking highlights is the "Harzer-Hexen-Stieg". This hiking path meanders through the Harz national park from Osterode to Thale on nearly 100 kilometres and in five sections. Mountain biking and climbing tours, a ride on a self-made raft and more than 500 kilometres of cross-country skiing routes and ski hiking trails warranty an exacting and diverse holiday for sports enthusiasts and youth groups.

The Selke valley trail, 67 kilometres long, goes from Stiege to Quedlinburg. The expansion of the Selke valley railway to Quedlinburg offers an ideal option of a round trip across several days. The Harzer Grenzweg at the green belt leads from Ilsenburg to Walkenried and is also part of the long-distance hiking routes in this region.

Culture enthusiasts should make sure to visit the town of Quedlinburg and Luther town Eisleben. Quedlinburg is one of the most important area monuments in Germany, with more than 1,300 half-timbered buildings from eight centuries. It has been a UNESCO world cultural heritage since 1994.

Let yourself be whisked back into a past age when walking through the picturesque narrow streets of the medieval town. Take time to visit the collegiate church St. Servatius, both a world cultural heritage and part of the "Romantic Road". The "Colourful town at the Harz mountains" Wernigerode will also enchant you with the charm of a medical old town. Many half-timbered buildings are found here. The "smallest house" and the "leaning house" will amaze the young and old alike.

Luther town Eisleben will take you back to the 16th century, the time of great reformer Martin Luther. Visit the house where he was born and dead or the St. Andreas church where Martin Luther held his last sermon.

Other monuments of Romanic architecture are found in the Harz as well, e.g. in Halberstadt or Pansfelde. Falkenstein castle has been rising over the Selke valley since the early 12th century. Take a tour through the impressive mounding facility and be amazed by the powerful birds of prey in the falconry. Visit the Augustine cloister Unser Lieben Frauen and the St. Stephanus and St. Sixtus cathedrals with their famous treasure. More than 600 exhibits, from chasubles to holy relics, to the unique Romanic tapestries, illustrate the life in church of the Middle Ages. The Europe Rosarium Sangerhausen, opened as early as in 1903, holds the largest rose collection in the world. Walk through the unique facility with its more than 8,300 kinds of roses and be enchanted by them! A ride in the Harzer Schmalspurbahn, running on a historic route network of about 140 kilometres, the largest one in Europe, to take visitors between the interesting Harz destinations, is a very special experience: The Brocken railway takes you from the Drei Annen Hohne across Schierke to the Brocken mountain, the highest train station in Saxony-Anhalts. The Selke valley and Harzquerbahn also run on attractive route networks, making not only railway fans feel nostalgic.

More information on the region:


Harzer Verkehrsverband e.V.
Marktstraße 45
38640 Goslar
Phone: 05321 34040
Fax: 05321 340466
Email: info@harzinfo.de
www.harzinfo.de

 

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