Harz. Around Wernigerode, stalactite caves

Not far from Wernigerode there are two large Rübeland stalactite caves. Let’s look, what else you can visit around Wernigerode. Read more about old centre of Wernigerode – colorful city of Harz – in the first part.

Wernigerode Old city
Harz. 5. Thale, children program
Harz. 4. Quedlinburg old town
Harz. 3. Goslar – what to see
Harz. 2. Brocken, Wurmberg
Harz map. Center and East – from Wernigerode to Tilleda

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Harz attractions map. From Wernigerode to Tilleda

We continue to explore the Harz attractions. There are two maps in this topic: the central part from Wernigerode to Nordhausen and the eastern part with Sangerhausen and Quedlinburg.

West Harz from Goslar to Göttingen.
Description of different cities – by #Harz.
Coast of Germany. Lower Saxony and Hamburg. What to visit
Luneburg Heath

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Harz. 2. Brocken, Wurmberg

Harz is a wooded mountain massif, the highest in northern Germany. The origin of the name is connected with the Old German word meaning “wooded mountains”. Which is quite correct – the mountains are very wooded, covered mainly with firry forests. True, the forests have suffered greatly over the past five years. But foresters are hoping for self-recovery.

In this part about Brocken and the steam railway, as well as about the neighboring mountain Wurmberg.

Brocken from Wernigerode station

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Harz Map of attractions. Part 1 – from Goslar to Bad Sachsa

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.

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Ludwigsburg palace and gardens

Ludwigsburg palace and gardens are not so well known. However, apart from Wilhelma, this is the most interesting place in the region. It is a must-see if you are staying in Stuttgart. In this post we see Ludwigsburg palace, gardens around, Favorit park up to Monrepos palace. I tell also about Ludwigsburg pumpkin festival.

Be sure to check if there are any extra activities. The city hosts a street music festival, while the park hosts musical fireworks and a great pumpkin festival.

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German vineyards in Autumn in Swabian Tuscany

Swabian Tuscany, this region was nicknamed for tourist purposes because of the warmer climate (here comes the air from the Rhine) and vineyards. Wine, perhaps, is not so good as along the Rhine, but in the end of October this section of the Castle Road becomes an independent destination.

In a not too rainy and cold autumn, all vineyards become bright, but not all are truly picturesque. For this you need a suitable relief – the most rugged hills possible.

Weinberge im Herbst Eberstadt

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Zugspitze Austrian side – Lakes

Zugspitze Arena Weißensee Blindsee

Looking at the photos in the first part, you may ask – where are these lakes, there is only a meadow and wooded mountains. Nevertheless, three decent-sized lakes are hidden in the forests, and in the neighboring valley towards Reutte there are two more large lakes, on which there are even pleasure boats. And there are many small mountain lakes and reservoirs, some of which are used to provide snow for trails, and in the summer they are very beautiful landscapes.

Mountain lakes were hidden under clouds, but in the forest ones we even managed to swim.

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Castles on the Middle Rhine on the map. 1. From Rüdesheim to Bacharach

If we speak about the castles on the Middle Rhine (Mittelrhein), we mean the section from Rüdesheim (slightly downstream from Mainz) to Bonn. From Rüdesheim to Koblenz, the banks converge, forming the Rhine Gorge. This section is also called the “Loreley Valley” (Tal der Loreley). There are many castles of varying degrees of destruction / restoration. We will go through all the castles, briefly tell what happened to them and whether there is something interesting inside.

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