If you love the mountains then a holiday in Harz is the right place for you this year. The Harz is a mountainous area, a land of fairy tales in Germany and offers a rugged landscape that is perfect for outdoors activities and relaxation on a higher level...literally. Between dark forests and rushing streams, high peaks on stormy mountains, you find steep-roofed houses and cobble stoned streets in little quaint towns. This will seem to you like a setting taken of from your childhood fairy tales with princes and princesses, with witches and dwarfs and kings and with a holiday home in Harz you are free to go back to your favorite times from when you were still living in fairy tale land with the Brothers Grimm and Hansel and Gretel, and The Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel and many others. This is a fairy tale land.
The highest mountain in this area of Germany is the Brocken, which you might have heard of in Goethe's "Faust". The legend says that every year, on the 30th of April, witches gather on top of the Brocken moutain. Dare to venture out there during your holiday in Harz? If you feel a little more like you want to just keep it simple and fun, you can ride the old steam train to the top of the mountain. On the way you'll be able to see a series of quaint little towns in Harz, might even pass your holiday home in Harz, and finally get to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy some great views and take in the serenity of nature. As in the picturesque little town that you can visit here there is the UNESCO site Quedlinburg, also Goslar with its half-timbered houses, Wernigerode at the base of the Brocken.
Harz is a region of Germany that has a perfect setting for the more active type, for those into sports and nature as well as for the ones still living or wanting to return to the fairy tale times of their life. All in all, when winter comes, when you see that first snow of the year (which seems magical in itself), the whole area takes on a totally different appearance. There's Alpine skiing that you can enjoy, as well as cross-country skiing, tobogan runs and many other activities and the great part is that it is also an excellent place for kids to lear winter sports so your family holiday in Harz will be a blast. And to top it all off, you have to visit one of the Christmas markets that are held in the little towns that dot the entire area, that's magic right there.
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