The Harz is known to be the most Northern mountain range in Germany, and what better would define a winter sports holiday than a majestic mountain with endless opportunities for skiing? The label of your skiing holiday in Harz would be one to be described by the word “adventure”, and this great adventure can be uniquely mixed with the local culture here. In the old days, the Harz was a great place for mining and metallurgy, and the Mines of Rammelsberg, a UNESCO Site since 1992, stand as a witness to this and can be visited with a guide. The landscape is dotted by quaint villages in the mountains, castles and old mines, half-timbered houses that seem to belong to a different era. More than picturesque, the medieval towns of Qudlinburg and Goslar are the place to spend a nice afternoon strolling among their historical attractions, their one of a kind architecture. There are even concerts you can attend here, and their unique features are not only displayed within the great music but also with them being held in various caves here, perfectly set up for this and not far from the ski resorts.
Another city that is definitely worth a visit would be the Altenau Harz, and to complete what is already a perfect vacation, there is also the Bad Gandersheim, a balneary resort with mineral springs, located in a hilly landscape near Osterode. There couldn't be a more perfect outing from your holiday home for winter sports in Harz than this beautiful city with its 14 neighboring villages and numerous monasteries.
Skiing in the Harz is an experience to remember
Skiing in the Harz is something you just cannot say no to, once the Harz are covered by a serene white blanket of snow, the area displays its great opportunities for winter sports in the Harz and when you think also of the great new friends you will make here, a whole new world of entertainment will present itself right before your eyes. As for winter sports, depending on what you already master or what you wish to learn, there is nothing that stands in your way with the over 500 km of slopes for cross-country skiing, sledding, toboggan runs, and of course skiing. Snowboarders will not be less in their element here either, and if you wish to take a break from the snow and skiing in the Harz, you can complete your day with a visit to the spa, where a mud bath, sauna, jacuzzi and others of this sort will redefine the word “relaxation” for you and your loved ones.
And the even better thing is that you can do everything all over again the next day, and then the next... some of the best ski resorts here are Braunlage, which is the oldest ski resort also in the area, with five ski slopes, a snowboard slope and there is also the ski jump in Wurmberg that is not to be missed. Evening and night skiing are popular in Rathauswiese and in Hahnenklee you will find five pistes, a toboggan run and snow cannons. In Sankt Andreasberg you can ski, you can go sledding, cross country skiing, snow-tubing, snowshoeing and snowboarding. Skiing in the Harz is just an amazing experience overall.
Winter holidays in the Harz, romantic and complete
A winter holiday in the Harz will perfectly describe a side of the holidays dashed with a bit of romance when you visit the charming Christmas markets such as the Goslar, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg. This is where you will find the most original, authentic and beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations for loved ones. The food and the specific drinks complete the traditional atmosphere. And if you think a skiing holiday in the Harz Mountains is all about the winter sports, you are heading a bit far from the truth that states the fact that a holiday in the Harz can be at any time completed with a visit to a local spa with pools, jacuzzis and massages. A perfect fit into a winter holiday with lots of snow. Depending on the weather, you can take the steam train to the Brocken, the highest peak on Brockenbahn. This is yet another fun outing for people of all ages, and can be completed with a visit to one of the historic towns during a week of skiing in the Harz.
The clear mountain lakes and the waterfalls here are a sheer delight to the eye during your winter holiday in the area. And when winter is almost gone, in and around the 30th of April, you can attend the Walpurgisnacht, an ancient festival also known as a “witch party”, that will have you right in the middle of authentic traditions of the region. All you have to do is enjoy the beautiful setting of it all.