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.
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.
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.
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.
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 €
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.
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.