Harz Mountains in

Four Days

This self-drive itinerary takes in the best of the Harz Mountains and assumes you're setting out from Hannover or cities to the west or south. If you're starting in Berlin, or cities east, follow the same route in reverse.

Arriving in Goslar mid-morning, wander the streets around the Marktplatz, perhaps taking in the Musikinstrumenten- und Puppenmuseum or the Zinnfiguren-Museum before lunch. Then head out to the World Heritage listed Rammelsberg Museum & Besucherbergwerk, at the site of the only precious-metals mine to have operated for over 1000 years.

On day two, walk the wonderful treetop Baumwipfelpfad in Bad Harzburg, then soak in the healing waters of Sole Therme spa before taking a scenic drive over the mountains to Wernigerode via Torfhaus and Schierke.

Waking in Wernigerode on the third day, decide whether you want to catch the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen to the top of the Brocken, northern Germany's highest peak, or step back in time at the magnificent Schloss Wernigerode.

Your last day takes you through Thale, where you can soak in more thermal waters, or ride a cable car to a peak steeped in legend, before arriving in magical Quedlinburg where you just might want to linger a little longer.