It would seem that half-timbered towns are nothing new for us. But Einbeck turned out to be a real jewel in our collection: here you don’t need to look for a couple old buildings on the map, you get the feeling that the city has hardly changed since the 16th century.
A 19th-century German writer called Wernigerode the colorful town on the Harz Mountains. And it really is. The old town has been renovated and it is very pleasant to walk around here. In my opinion, Wernigerode is the nicest town in the Harz Mountains.
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.
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
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.
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.
Quedlinburg has escaped the destruction of great wars and devastating fires. Its 1200 half-timbered houses from different eras await your cameras and your admiration.
The city is considered by many to be the most romantic of the Harz cities. We liked Wernigerode better, but only because that that year Quedlinburg was the most renovated of the Harz cities. Now, of course, you can see it in all its glory.
According to legend, the knight Ramm, or rather, his restless horse, discovered silver ore on Rammelsberg. The horse was tied to a tree while hunting. Out of boredom, he dug up the ground with his hoof and exposed the ore, a sample of which the knight brought to the king. The wife of a knight named Gose Goslar owes its name. From this legend, the real were the kings. For quite a long time, Goslar was the imperial residence town.
Rammelsberg has been a source of wealth for the Goslar for centuries. Now both the former mine and the preserved half-timbered town are included in the UNESCO list.
The Goslar Rammelsberg mine, which fed the Goslar people for centuries, is still used today, but not for the mining of silver or iron, but for the mining of tourists.
The Rammelsberg mine has been in operation for a thousand years, from 968 to 1988.
Thale is a town in the middle between Blankenburg and Quedlinburg, but closer to the mountains. It is located at the point where the Bode River leaves the narrow gorge to head for Quedlinburg.
You need to come to Thale not for city historical walks, but for outdoor recreation and sports entertainment. Depending on your plans, this could be a half day trip or a full day trip.