Last Updated on June 22, 2022
Harz offers a lot of attractions. All of them you will not be able to visit even in two trips. Let’s look what can you visit on the Harz map. In the first part – West Harz from Goslar to Bad Sachsa and from Einbeck to Brocken.
Among Harz attractions:
- old cities, two of which are included in the UNESCO list,
- stalactite caves,
- old mines,
- a narrow gauge railway network operated by steam locomotives
- Mount Brocken (the most famous meeting place for witches),
- castles and palaces,
- system of mountain reservoirs for mines,
- various mountain activities and hiking.
Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.
- 1 – top
- 2 – very good, although not so well known
- 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
- 4 – local or specific, not for everyone
Marks without brackets – I was there (there are links to the posts). With brackets – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective
Old town, a couple of churches from the 14th century.
Old Botanical Garden, University.
City Museum. Zoo museum. Large geological museum.
Ice rink. Trampoline park. Pool Badeparadies Eisweise.
Half-timbered town, one of the oldest town halls in Germany (1302). Glockenspiel several times a day.
Former GDR / FRG Border Museum Grenzlandmuseum.
4. Bad Sachsa
Resort town. Natural History Museum NatUrzeit (link).
Salztal Paradies pool.
Ice rink. Indoor playground Regenbogenland.
Routes to the nearest mountain Ravensberg with an observation tower (60 m), the ruins of the Sachsenstein fortress.
bird of prey center Harzfalkenhof, fairy tale park Märchengrund Cistercian monastery (partly ruins) in Walkenried (link)
Wieda – glass production Glashütte
Zorge – production of liqueur and whiskey Hammerschmiede
5. Bad Lauterberg
Pools Vitamar and Kirchberg Therme. Small chairlift Burgseilbahn.
Königshütte – museum of old mechanisms (under renovation, visits limited).
Reservoir Oderstausee. Possibility to rent Trabant.
Sonnenstein Skywalk (glass observation platform).
Further down the Autobahn, Alternatver Bärenpark Worbis Bear Park
Rhumequelle spring and small lake with blue water
Cave (one large hall) Einhornhöhle
Welfenschloss Castle in Herzberg
Old city. Ruins of Alte Burg. Ritterhaus Museum
Small park with birds Wald Vogelstation.
Swimming pool Aloha Aqualand Osterode.
Half-timbered town. City wall. Lake Northeimer Seeplatte.
Half-timbered town. Oldtimer museum P.S. Speicher (link).
Thermal pool Sehusa Therme
Nearby: Römerschlacht Harzhorn – Roman-German battlefield (small museum and information trail)
10. Bad Grund
Arboretum (forest botanical garden) WeltWald.
Park of fairy tales Märchental.
Glockenspiel at the town hall every hour.
The city is located in the center of the Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft – a region included in UNESCO, where a system of ponds, dams and mines developed over the centuries (from the 16th century). Description here: link
The Rammelsberg mines with different mine tours (link).
Half-timbered town. The mines and the city are included in UNESCO.
Painted hall in the Huldigungssaal town hall (long renovation).
Museum Kaiserpfalz (main interest outside).
City walls. Zwinger – museum in the tower (knights, torture instruments).
Lohmühle Mill Museum.
Historical Museum Goslarer Museum.
Mönchehaus Museum (contemporary art).
Tin Soldier Museum.
12а. Hahnenklee – a village in the mountains (a part of Goslar), a climatic health resort.
Lake, Liebesbankweg panoramic trail.
Cable car to Bocksberg (gondolas), Bocksbergbob coaster (link), Bikepark.
13. Bad Harzburg
Bad Harzburg located halfway from Wernigerode to Goslar. This is a fairly old settlement, which subsequently lost its historical significance. In the city, on the Burgberg mountain, as early as the 11th century was built a large royal castle Harzburg. By the middle of the 17th century the castle was finally abandoned and turned into ruins, to which the cable car rises.
Nowadays Bad Harzburg is better known for its salty waters and is a resort town (which is clearly indicated by the word Bad).
Sole-Therme pool (cold outside, small warm inside part) (www.sole-therme-bad-harzburg.de)
Krodoland Park (indoor playground, outdoor playground, water playground).
Scenic Okerstausee reservoir with boat rides (link).
In Altenau – SaunaTherme Heißer Brocken. Herb garden Kräutergarten. DiscoGolf (throw frisbee into the basket).
Natural Park Visitor Center. View of Brocken. Starting point for different hiking routes. For example, the Goethe Trail is one of the most famous and shortest routes to Brocken.
Mine Grube Samson (link)
Chairlift and summer toboggan. Observatory (lectures and observations on specific days).
Read more about Wurmberg.
From Braunlage, the gondola cable car rises to Wurmberg (link). Wurmberg is a mountain of almost the same size next to Brocken. Upstairs there is a good playground, two restaurants, an observation tower.
Adventure golf (link). Ice rink.
Coaster – not bad, but short (in Thale is better). Coaster is very much below the station.
The last stop of the steam railway before Brocken. If you want to take a train to Brocken, choose Drei Annen Hohne – parking is cheaper and more accessible.
More about Brocken
On the one hand, Brocken is the most famous place in Harz and therefore a sort of must see. On the other hand, the price for the train not match to entertainment above. Upstairs there is a small museum and a small botanical garden. Therefore, in principle, it is quite possible to replace it with Wurmberg, and drive the other part of the route (or example from Wernigerode to Schierke) with a steam locomotive – then it will be much, much cheaper.
Also look out for cheaper evening tickets.
To be continued – Harz map. Center and East – from Wernigerode to Tilleda
All attractions of Harz – #Harz.
About the Harz Card discount card – here.