Anyplace in the world where you can go ice skating in the dead of summer is A-OK with me.
Oh, I mean OUTDOOR ice skating in the summer is way OK with me.
But, I’ll be fair — this town isn’t continuously snow or ice covered during the days between the dog days of summer. I don’t care how exactly they manage to do it; I just know that’s pretty awesome. ;-)
Bad Sachsa’s ice rink isn’t the only sport in town. People from all over come to ski down the Harz Mountains (have you ever gone night skiing?), as well as go tobogganing, snowboarding, and all that fun winter stuff.
As magnificent a winter wonderland as you’ll find in Bad Sachsa, you’ll really enjoy it during the warmer months. The panoramic views of the Weserbergland are totally fantastic, and there are a bunch of mountainbiking trails, bicycle paths, and hiking areas.
There’s a real interesting way to experience the great Lower Saxon outdoors — go visit the Harzfalkenhof, a bird park that’s all about eagles, falcons, and vultures (the park has managed to help breed Himalayan Snow Vultures). This is a good way to spend four Euro, that’s for sure.
Another good way to spend the day (and a few bucks) would be at the Grenzland Museum in the village of Tettenborn. Oh, I didn’t mention the area was once along the GDR border. Within the museum are uniforms and other items from those East German days, so it’s a pretty interesting stop.
Before the area was in a divided Germany (that would be during World War II days, just so you know), Wehrner von Braun’s V1 and V2 rockets were tested right here.
Want to go further back in history? Check out the Church of St. Nicholas, which looks more like an opera theater than a church with Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque highlights.
Sounds good and all, but I want to go back to ice skating in the middle of the summer. I hope you join me — if we get enough of us, we can get a hockey game going. ;-)