Bad Harzburg rests at the foot of the northern slopes of the Harz Mountains and Nature Park. Here you will find 150 kilometers of well-maintained trails and mountain paths for experienced trekkers and day hikers alike.
In winter, these nature routes give cross-country skiers the perfect opportunity for exercise and recreation. Just 10 kilometers south of town, Mount Brocken rises to a height of 1,142 meters, the tallest peak in Northern Germany. The views are nothing short of breathtaking.
There is also a cable car nearby, built in 1929 that can take you to the ruins of Harzburg Castle, constructed in 1068. Each night, the Canossa memorial is lit next to a restaurant atop the castle hill at an elevation of 482 meters. You can see its glow from many miles away.
Of course, the biggest attraction in Bad Harzburg is its curative saline baths, arising from natural mineral springs with no salt or minerals added. They have been judged as the best in all of Lower Saxony.
Depending on your ailments or health objectives, you can choose waters said to improve inhalation, digestion and metabolism. Some of the wells have been used to treat stomach disorders, pancreatic disease, chronic circulatory problems and aches and pains of the joints. You cannot help but feel better as you soak here.
At the landmark Pump Room, with its 19th-century Tambour-Pendentif dome, you can actually drink three of the town’s seven healing waters. Concerts, lectures and a variety of cultural events are also held inside.
You may feel like spending most of your stay at the spa, but there are many other activities to try here. If you enjoy golf, you will want to play the town’s challenging 18-hole golf course, newly opened in 2007. And for a heart-pumping thrill, give Skyrope Adventure Climbing a try.
Those who prefer indoor entertainment will appreciate the roulette and blackjack tables of the Bad Harzburg Casino. You may also wish to check out the action at the local race course, one of the nation’s finest tracks for thoroughbreds. The highlight of the season is Gallop Race Week, held each July.