Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Many travelers look to the big cities when deciding to travel then come across a little known place, taking you totally by surprise. This is the case with the town of Langelsheim, which borders the edge of the Harz Mountains.
With over 100 km of walking, hiking, and cycling trails, you’ll find this place more than just beautiful. The nature park is home to rich forests, bogs, and some pretty awesome wildlife.
Be on the lookout for Peregrine falcons, wildcats, and even a Lynx (or, two). If you’re totally adventurous, there are quite a few campsites within the surrounding area.
As much as there is to do within the nature park, that isn’t even the half of what you’ll find in town. There are plenty of historical buildings and museums to visit.
Langelsheim has many timber framed buildings and a stunning example of a Romanesque church (St. Andreas), that gives this place a true medieval feel. Langelsheim’s Local History Museum is the ultimate in explaining this mining town’s rich history.
Most of us may not understand the subtleties of mining and this is where Langelsheim’s Mining Museum comes in handy. You’re also close to the Mines of Rammelsberg, a place where silver, copper, and lead were mined for a staggering thousand years, until it was closed in 1988 after the mountain was exhausted. Rammelsberg is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and much of what was mined here, was smelted in Langelsheim.
But, this is Germany and in addition to cars and mining (in this case) it’s famous for beer — which makes a visit to the Brewery Museum worth the trip. This lovely elixir had been brewed here since 1600, so they have had plenty of time to perfect it.
If this still isn’t enough to convince you, then come visit during any one of Langelsheim’s festivals. On the Saturday before Easter, there’s a huge Osterfeuer celebration, if you appreciate a huge bonfire.
Then on the last day of April, there is a huge Mountain City Celebration (food, fun, beer), and during the summer Langelsheim has a Bicycle Experience Day. On second thought, maybe it’s best to lay off the Langelsheim Beer that day. ;-)