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Visitor's Guide

Braunlage is an ideal vacation spot for everyone, both in summer and in winter. Whether (guided) treks, walks through the idyllic spa park with the beautiful; Berggarten or Nordic Walking, Braunlage always reveals an impressive side to itself.

Tips for excursions in the surrounding areas

Herzberg Castle

The Herzberger Welfenschloss has been an attraction for visitors and the local people since 1985. It is the largest castle housed in a timber framework building in Lower Saxony, and one of the most important architectural monuments of the Harz region. In the main wing, which has been renovated, visitors can obtain information about the history of the construction and the castle. The focus here is on dukes and duchesses who were associated with the Herzberg Castle. The castle museum documents the history of the Welf nobles and princes. In addition to this there is information about weapons, the history of the castle and the princedom of Grubenhagen.

Opening hours:
In summer (1st April to 31st October) Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In winter (1st November to 31st March) from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays up to 5 p.m.. Closed on Mondays and from 10th to 24th December.

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Drip caves of Rübeland

The two drip caves, Baumannshöhle and Hermannshöhle are the biggest attractions of Rübeland. These caves have been formed over millions of years through calcium deposits, with numerous and very large stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are also home to interesting and rare species such as bats and cave olms. Remains of bears were also found at the Baumannshöhle, as well as diverse objects used by Stone Age men. The lakes in the caves, the chamber of crystals and the 8,000 year old columns are also astonishing.

Opening hours:
The drip caves are open daily from 9 a.m., the closing time depends on the season: from November to January, at 3.30 p.m., July and August at 5.30 p.m., all other months at 4.30 p.m..
Admission per person including guide:
Adults 7 €
children from 4 to 16 years 4.50 €
family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) 20 €

Harz National Park

Braunlage is located in the middle of the Harz National Park, very close to the national park that was established in 1994. A unique parcel of nature that includes every visitor individually: some are attracted to Königskrug, Jermerstein, and Silberteich or to the idyllic Bode Drops, others are drawn to the fragrant hillside meadows or to the guided group expeditions around Braunlage. The Wurmberg, at a height of 971 m above sea level, is the second tallest mountain in the Harz region, is at the same time the highest elevation in Lower Saxony. The Wurmberg is often covered in mist, but when the view is clear, it offers a splendid view of the Brocken peak 4 km away. The tallest mountain in the Harz, at a height of 1,142 m is the Brocken, which is also the highest elevation in northern Germany. The mountain is accessible again since 1989. Today the Brocken Museum and the Brocken garden are attractions worth a visit. The varied landscape between Brocken and Harzvorland with the Hochharz Natural Park offers a whole range of attractions and sightseeing places such as the Harz narrow gauge train, the drip caves, demo-mines, museums, castles, fortresses, historic timber frame houses, to mention just a few examples.

Pullman City II

Spread over an area of 100,000 sq.m., a city like in Westerns was built here in the district of Wernigerode, recreating the 19th century. Not far from the Brocken, you will be transported to the past in American culture and history. Pullman City II is entirely free from violence, though, that is, there is no shooting here, and any kind of glorification of violence is banned here. In this theme park, the motto is "Back to nature with these animals". Animal lovers get their money's worth here: Ponies, trail horses and coaches stand ready. Visitors can entertain themselves with these animals, throughout the park, with an accompanying guide. Besides the animal refuge and adventure sports areas, there are also two museums where one can get glimpses into the history of American settlements.

Opening hours:
Third. April to 31st October 2009 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Admission per person:
Adults above 17 years 13 €
children taller than 1.31 m and up to 16 years 9 €
children above 4 years and up to 1.30 m height 6 €
family Sunday Special (2 adults and all children up to 14 years) 30 €, Grandparents' ticket (2 senior citizens and 4 children under 1.30 m) 20 €

Summer toboggan in Sankt Andreasberg

The super ride over 550 m and a level difference of 130 m is an experience of a special kind for the entire family. And sled racing can be fun even in summer! Two seater rails take you comfortably to the starting point of the slide which is also the take off point for attractive treks.

Opening hours:
April to October (when it is not raining) daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Admission per person for chair lift and toboggan:
Hill and valley ride for adults 3.50 €
children up to 15 years 2.80 €
single ride for adults 1.80 €
children up to 14 years 1.50 €

Wernigerode

The "colourful city in the Harz" lies on the northern outskirts of the Harz region. Wernigerode is a city with special attractions: splendid timber framework houses vie for the viewers' attention, the oldest of these dating back to 1400.

Goslar

The imperial city of Goslar has a history that is more than 1,000 years old. The discovery of the first veins of silver probably goaded the Saxon and Salian emperors to build their biggest and most secure palatinates here. The city was called "Nordic Rome". 47 churches and chapels with numerous towers determine the silhouette of the city. Even today, the view with the towers of the five big parish churches from the elevated Kaiserpfalz is impressive.

Braunlage in the summertime

Fun games and sport - not just for kids!

Swingolf

is a type of golf invented in France, with simplified rules. The aim is to get a hard rubber ball across mown fairways into marked holes using a single club and with as few strokes as possible, which demands good coordination and concentration. For your first practice strokes, there are nets to catch the ball.

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Adventure minigolf at the ice rink

This is a version of miniature golf. The putting surfaces are of green synthetic turf, are not standardised and are populated by many unusual items such as bridges, hollows, hills etc. Unlike standardised minigolf courses, the maximum number of strokes per hole is not restricted to seven. For many holes, more strokes are required. 14 attractive putting surfaces from 11 to 25 meters in length offer a new dimension of minigolf fun for the whole family.

Monster scooter

The ultimate downhill thrill for the whole family! An oversized scooter with disc brakes and tyres with a large tread guarantees the ultimate ride for people of all ages. A ski piste specially prepared for these scooters promises you a wild ride - over rough and smooth, hills and humps, with jumps and long downhill sections. During the extremely fast 4.5 kilometre downhill ride, you will cover a difference in height of 411 metres between the mountain and the valley.

Wurmberg Cable Car

This is one of Europe's most modern monocable gondola lifts and has really provided a boost to the Wurmberg sports complex. In about 15 minutes, Northern Germany's longest cable car will whisk you to the top of the Wurmberg mountain, 971 m above sea level, in a comfortable 6-person cabin, while you enjoy captivating views of the beautiful Harz countryside. For children, there is an extensive adventure playground right next to the large beer garden of the Wurmberg Alm restaurant. A large goat enclosure is located between the cable car's mountain station and the Wurmberg Alm. Children can enter the enclosure, which offers opportunities for fun and excitement. If you're lucky, you might even experience the animals being driven up onto the mountains in the spring, or down again in the autumn. Not far from the goat enclosure is the rabbit pen. With rabbits large and small, dwarf rabbits and guinea pigs, children always throng to this enclosure.

Ice rink

For skate hire, ice-skating, curling and ice hockey - the ice rink offers countless opportunities for fun and sport on ice. Why not come and watch an exciting ice hockey match starring the local "Harzer Falken" team, or go to one of the regular ice discos?

Braunlage in Winter

Skiing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing - you'll find the ideal conditions for your winter holiday here. Braunlage is one of the oldest and most important winter sports locations in Germany. The first skis were produced here in 1883.

Alpine skiing and snowboarding

Go Alpine skiing in the centre of Braunlage: Use our ski lifts on the Hasselkopf mountaintop or on the ski slope at the town hall! With appropriate snow conditions, skiing by floodlight is also offered there. The Wurmberg winter sports area was already developed and is being expanded further, and gets a firm covering of snow, which can be produced by using snow canons. Braunlage is a paradise for winter sports fans.

Take a look at the Wurmberg skiing area.

Cross-country skiing

In and around Braunlage there are fantastic opportunities for cross-country skiing. The trails are arranged variedly according to different levels of difficulty, and blend wonderfully well into the enchanting Harz landscape.

Tobogganing

Many toboggan runs make sure of fun and fast rides down to the valley. Toboggans are available for rent everywhere. The snowtubing area on Hexenritt is great for even more fun. Here, it's all about racing downhill in tubular tyres along a eine 200 m long wave track – enormous fun for the whole family!

Snowshoeing

A Yeti-style hike! With snowshoes, a guide leads you securely along beautiful and lonely paths through the wintery mountainous landscape - with the sensation of complete freedom.