Bad Harzburg is a great base for exploring the northern Harz. There is an 80-year old cable car to the Harzburg above the town called the Harzbergbahn. Once on the top, there is a network of easy walking trails and numerous sights within striking distance including the Lynx Enclosure near the Rabenklippe crags and several outstanding viewing points over the surrounding area.
By carThe best place to park is the huge free car park on the B 4 just south of the town. From there it is about 5 minutes walk to the information centre and the foot of the cable car and another 5 minutes walk into town through the spa park. There is parking outside the information centre, but it is fee-paying and visitors are limited to a maximum of 4 hours.
By trainBad Harzburg is served by regional trains from Hildesheim and Hanover
HarzburgThe former imperial castle, now ruined was built by Emperor Henry IV to guard trade routes and the lucrative mining region of the Harz. It was slighted during wars with the Saxons. Today the ruins are accessible to the public and there are information boards, a small cafe in the summer and a viewing point with the Canossa Column with great views over the town to the North German Plain
Lynx Enclosurebehind the Rabenklippe is part of a project to reintroduce this shy wild cat to the wild again. There is a large wooden viewing platform and the lynx are often visible prowling around the hillside, sometimes at quite close quarters.
Rabenklippecrags and a viewing point with outstanding views of the Brocken on a good day. The name means "Raven Crag" and it lives up to its name! There is a small restaurant at the Rabenklippe which serves good food, but beware, it gets hot when its busy!
Kreuz des deutschen OstensA huge white cross on the hills above Bad Harzburg was erected in memory of the former German territories in eastern Europe from which they were forcibly ejected at the end of the Second World War. There is a circular walk with stones placed at intervals with the shields and names of such territories as Danzig (now Gdańsk in Poland), the Sudetenland (in Bohemia) and East Prussia.
Radau Waterfallthere is a restaurant and a children's railway integrated into the landscape.
Harzberg Cable Car
- Brockentorte ("Brocken Gateau") - the delicious Harz equivalent of Black Forest Gateau!
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