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The Harz and Harz foothills
Vibrant museums and gems of medieval half-timbered architecture

Two witches during Walpurgis Night

There is a wealth of history here. The Harz was once the home of Saxon emperors and is shrouded in many myths and legends. Witches are said to haunt Mount Brocken - also known as the Blocksberg, the highest peak in the Harz. Every year on Walpurgis Night they meet up here with their master - the Devil himself! This is celebrated throughout the region.

Also well worth a visit are the Kyffhäuser hills in the southern Harz foothills, which run over into Thuringia. According to legend, Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa lies buried in the Barbarossa cave beneath the 457-metre-high mount Kyffhäuser. But there are also many other caves in the Harz mountains, including the Rübelland and Iberg dripstone caves, and the legendary Jetten cave, a protected site between Herzberg and Osterode.

Brocken narrow gauge steam train in wintery landscape in the Harz nature reserve

For health & fitness enthusiasts there are a number of spas and health resorts in the area offering an excellent range of services. A trip on the historical narrow-gauge railway up to the highest peak in the Harz mountains is also an absolute "must" on any visit. In the past, the diversity of the Harz has proved an inspiration for great figures such as Goethe, Luther and Heine.

For idyllic countryside, visit the Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal nature reserve to experience its unforgettably beautiful scenery close up or the discovery centre at the Gut Herbigshagen estate where you can learn more about the Eichsfeld region and its natural attractions. As the saying goes: you may arrive as a stranger, but you'll leave as a friend.

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Highlights in brief

  • Bad Gandersheim
    Spa resort, cathedral festival, Romanesque architecture

  • Bad Harzburg
    Spa resort, horse racing, Skyrope high ropes course
  • Braunlage
    Winter sports resort, Mount Wurmberg
  • Goslar
    Former imperial seat, UNESCO world heritage site, Rammelsberg ore mines
  • Halberstadt
    Former episcopal town, cathedral with cathedral treasure
  • Lutherstadt Eisleben
    UNESCO world heritage site
  • Quedlinburg
    UNESCO world heritage site, Schlossberg hill with collegiate church, cathedral treasure
  • Sangerhausen
    European rosarium, Spengler Museum, Röhrigschacht visitor mine
  • Stolberg
    Medieval town, castle, old mint
  • Wernigerode
    Castle, Harz narrow-gauge railway