Top things to do

Top Choice Castle in Wernigerode

Schloss Wernigerode

Originally built in the 12th century to protect German Kaisers on hunting expeditions, Schloss Wernigerode was enlarged over the years to reflect late-Gothic and Renaissance tastes. The castle's fairy-tale facade ca…
Top Choice Museum in Harz Mountains

KZ-Gedenkstätte Mittelbau Dora

A deeply sobering place: at least 20,000 people were worked to death here building the tunnels beneath Mittelbau Dora, and the rockets now decaying within them, as part of Hitler's plans to wage war from underground…
Top Choice Public Art in Quedlinburg

John Cage Orgel Kunst Projekt

The performance of American avant-garde composer and musical theorist John Cage's Organ²/ASLSP began in the shell of the former Kirche St Burchardi in Halberstadt in 2001 and is scheduled to have a duration of 639 y…
Top Choice Museum in Goslar

Rammelsberg Museum & Besucherbergwerk

The shafts and buildings of this 1000-year-old mine are now a museum and Unesco World Heritage site. Admission to the mine includes a German-language tour and a pamphlet with English explanations of the 18th- and 19…
Top Choice Modern European in Bad Harzburg

Braunschweiger Hof

You'll find Bad Harzburg's fanciest feed in the Braunschweiger Hof hotel. A diverse menu of beautifully presented German and modern European cuisine and the town's most substantial wine list does an admirable job ca…
National Park in Harz Mountains

Harz National Park

Covering a total land mass of 24,700 hectares, Harz National Park is the first national park in Germany to occupy land in two states: Lower Saxony to the west and Saxony-Anhalt to the east. Of its low-altitude uplan…
Cultural in Brocken & Torfhaus

Hexennacht/Walpurgisnacht

Witches, warlocks, ghouls, goblins and goths of all sizes, young and old alike, descend upon Goetheweg and ascend the Brocken in the pagan tradition of Hexennacht (Witches' Night) and the Christian celebration of th…
Historic Building in Wernigerode

Rathaus

Wernigerode's spectacular towered Rathaus (town hall) began life as a theatre around 1277, only to be given its mostly late-Gothic features, which loom over the town square, in the 16th century. The artisan who carv…
Ruins in Bad Harzburg

Grosser Burgberg

It takes just over half an hour to walk from town, or a zippy three-minute ride on the Burgberg-Seilbahn, to reach the top of this humble peak (483m) which boasts the ruins of an 11th-century fortress built by Heinr…
Church in Quedlinburg

Stiftskirche St Cyriakus

One of the purest examples of Romanesque architecture from the Ottonian period is this church in Gernrode, 8km south of Quedlinburg. Construction of the basilica, which is based on the form of a cross, was begun in …