Man stands on mountain and stretches his arm out to the valley


The Harz mountains, Germany’s northernmost low mountain range, span across Lower Saxony, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. The landscape is impressive and diverse, and is known for its deeply carved valleys, endless deciduous and coniferous forests, rugged rocks, gentle hills, lush green mountain meadows and clear lakes. Numerous poets and painters have been inspired by this unique setting.

Cultural treasures in the Harz mountains

There is a wealth of history to explore in the region’s countless historic buildings, castles and palaces, as well as along the narrow alleyways and around the half-timbered houses of the charming little towns. The miners of days gone by have left behind breathtaking monuments that visitors can enjoy today, bearing witness both to their back-breaking work and to the genius of their inventions. The Rammelsberg mine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only mine in the world with an uninterrupted history of ore mining dating back more than 1.000 years.
The old imperial town of Goslar Germany and the Upper Harz Water Regale - the worlds's biggest and most important pre-industrial energy supply system - are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Myths and folklore of the Harz mountains

Whereas some regions have their own unique legends, some are famous for a particular figure, such as the mountain spirit Rübezahl or Baron Münchhausen, and others are simply beautiful to look at, the Harz region has got it all. It is true to say the Harz mountains are home to plenty of myths and folklore.

Walpurgis Night is probably the most famous event, celebrated each year on the last night in April. During this night, the witches gather on the Brocken, a mountain peak also known as the Blocksberg.  

The highlight of this spectacle is the dance around the fire. Even today, this tradition is continued in many places in the Harz region with a Walpurgis fire and celebration.


Market Square
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Upper Harz Regale Water Management System
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Upper Harz Regale Water Management System

Ranger guided tour
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Harz National Park

The Harz mountains are one of the most northerly outposts of low mountains in Germany. Wind and rain do their worst here before passing over summits like Wurmberg, the largest mountain in Lower Saxony…

An den Hahnenkleeklippen bei Braunlage
© Harzer Tourismusverband / Marcus Gloger


In the state-approved health resort Braunlage you will find all attractive sites of the natural and national park Harz.

Two women are hiking with snow boots in the Harz
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Hiking through the snow with warm feet

Besuchergruppe auf der Schrägförderanlage an der Erzaufbereitung
© Sammlung Weltkulturerbe Rammelsberg, Goslar

Mines of Rammelsberg UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Mines of Rammelsberg UNESCO World Heritage Site is an unforgettable experience for all ages, both above ground in the many museum buildings and underground in the visitor mine.

Header Klima & Luft
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Harz Nature Park

The Harz nature park stretches from Goslar, with its UNESCO-protected evidence of centuries of cultural history related to mining and the wood industry, to the karst landscape of the southern Harz…

The Brocken Mountain

Many sagas and myths revolve around the 1,141-meter-high Brocken - in addition, the roof of northern Germany offers a majestic view, numerous sports facilities and pure nature

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