City of Braunlage (Lower Saxony)

The city of Braunlage is included to the state Lower Saxony

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Braunlage: Ski fanatics, welcome to the Harz!

Approximately 1.5 hours from Hanover, Germany, the second-highest mountain in the Harz Mountain range, the Wurmberg, awaits. A town called Braunlage grew up near the Wurmberg, with humble beginnings as a location for mining iron ore. Historical records date the town of Braunlage to the 13th century. The oldest building still standing is the former Ironworks Building. The local Counts had established an ironworks as early as 1561 and the building dates from 1658. Nowadays, the town is best known for its status as a ski resort. In the 1960s a gondola was built here that ascends to the summit of the Wurmberg. Ski jumps have a long history here, dating as far back as 1922; there are still ski jumps here where international competitions were held in the 1990s and early 2000s. Interestingly, the city was located on the border of the former East and West Germany. In the summer hiking and biking are popular.

Points of interests / things to see

Braunlage Wurmbergseilbahn, or Gondola

The Braunlage Gondola was built in 1963 and has a vertical height of over 400m and a length of 2.7km. Skiiers, of course, use the gondola to ascend the Wurmberg, but in warmer weather it is also used by hikers and bikers and those wanting to ascend to the panoramic observation deck at the summit. Interestingly, there is a central station where pedestrians can descend in order to enjoy hiking and biking trails. The Gondola and its tracks were completely refurbished in 2001. At the top there are astounding views where one can see as far as the Rhön mountains over 200km away. Some of the hikes available that are directly accessible from the central station are the Harzer Wandernadel (a system of hikes throughout the Harz mountains). There is also a "snow bar" measuring snowfall on the mountain at the gondola summit. The most recent record was 314cm (123 inches). Gondola tickets are available for purchase at the main station. Cash or debit card accepted (no credit cards). A single round trip ticket to the summit is €12.00 for adults, €10.00 for students, € 8.00 for children 6-15 years old. A family ticket can also be purchased for €30.00. Prices are less for a one-way ticket or for a round-trip ticket to the central station.

Wurmberg Ski Jump

The Wurmberg Ski Jump dates from 1922. Just two years later in 1924, ski jumping was included in the Winter Olympics for the first time. It is the longest ski jump in the Harz mountains. Originally built as a 40m jump, it was extended and reconstructed over time. As of 2002 it was completely refurbished and is now a 90m jump. The Wurmberg jump has played host to international competitions. Morten Solem, a Norwegian ski jumper, made a jump of 101m from Wurmberg in 2003. The Brockenweg Ski Jumps are located at the foot of the Wurmberg. These are used for training and for regional competitions. The Wintersports Club of Braunlage (WSV Braunlage) is the official host of many regional tournaments.

The Braunlage Town Museum and FIS Ski Museum

The Braunlage Town Museum got its start in 1916 as a private collection of ski pioneer and forester Albert Ulrich combined with the town's collection of historic memorabilia, much of which had been collected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig (approximately 2 hours from Braunlage), but a very significant battle in German history at the time. The museum was then supplemented by the paintings of landscape artist Ferdinand Thomas, for whom the Harz mountains were a favorite subject. In the 1930s, a new museum space was built, but the space was taken over due to the war. The collection suffered looting in 1945 and was relegated to the attic. However, a group of locals decided to renew the museum in the 1970s and 1980s. It features exhibits on history, culture, and everyday life and customs of Braunlage residents. It was decided that a new exhibit should be developed dedicated specifically to winter sports and skiing. The collection earned a recognition from the Federation International de Ski (FIS) as an official FIS Museum. There is also an archive of local historical materials. The Museum is located at Dr.-Kurt-Schroeber-Promenade, 38700 Braunlage. Opening hours are Tuesday and Friday 10am to 12pm.

Herzberg Castle

Located just 25 minutes outside of Braunlage by car, visitors should definitely plan to see the Herzberg Castle (Herzberger Welfenschloss). Though the castle structure and its location date from medieval times, the actual building was reconstructed due to fire in 1510. It was then the traditional timber-framed style was adopted. The castle was owned and occupied by the House of Welf (or Guelph in English), a European dynasty which called many German and British monarchs its descendants. In 1882 this Castle became the seat of the Herzberg District Court. Today, the Castle is host to a museum and a cafe. The museum's goal is to protect the culture and history of the castle, town, and region. It includes information on the Harz region's mining and forestry industries. In addition there is information about the local gun factory and a local builder of organs. The museum also offers a wide range of events and educational opportunities including lectures, organ concerts, concerts in the Great Hall, and activities for International Museum Day. The museum is located at Schoss 2 37412 Herzberg am Harz. The museum is open April through October 10am - 1pm and 2pm to 5pm; in November through March 11am-1pm and 2-4pm Monday through Friday and until 5pm on weekends. Closed Mondays.

Harz National Park

Enjoy the region's stunning wilderness at this national park. The large and stunning Harz National Park covers two German federal states. The park is part of the Natura2000 conservation network established by the European Union. It has a wide range of ecological landscapes due to its variation in altitidue and types of landscapes. Visitors will see pristine habitats left virtually untouched by modern development. This mountain wilderness offers a wide range of flora and fauna. Nature lovers will enjoy the mountain meadows. The park is also one of the last refuges of the lynx, a type of wildcat indigenous to Eurasia, after a successful repopulation program in 2000. There are many opportunities for hikers interested in exploring the park including the 16km Goethe Trail to the Brocken Summit. Writers, philosophers, and historians will be interested to know that Goethe, Heinrich Heine, and Alexander von Humboldt all explored the region. Many trails are converted to cross-country ski trails in the winter. There are many trails and experiences specifically geared towards children and families as well. Guided tours of the park are also available. There are also several restaurants throughout the park for hungry hikers and campers to stop, eat, and relax.

Harzer Wandernadel Hiking

Harzer Wandernadel is a unique system of badges hikers earn as they pass checkpoints in the Harz Mountains. The system was started by a private association "Grow old healthily in the Harz" which aims to encourage visitors to keep returning to hike in the Harz and to explore new areas. Hikers purchase a passbook, available at many tourist attractions in the Harz region. At each checkpoint (there are 222 of them!), hikers receive a stamp in their passbook. After a certain number of stamps are earned, one earns a badge. The Harzer Wandernadel is extremely popular with 10,000 new passbooks sold per year!

St Andreasberg

St. Andreasberg is the highest mountain town in the Harz region, although it has now merged into the town of Braunlage. This small town of a few more than 1,000 residents is notable for its cross-country skiing opportunities and for a summer toboggan run. The toboggan run is 550m long and has a 130m drop. It is suitable for all ages and is accessible by chairlift. St. Andreasberg also has a small museum dedicated to its mining history. The town itself is actually located within the National Park and features a few hotels.

Bikepark Braunlage

One of the most exciting recent developments in Braunlage has been the conversion of the Wurmberg downhill ski trails to mountain bike tracks in the warmer months. The bikepark features a wide range of trails suited from beginning mountain bikers to experts. There are even several tracks that are dedicated to downhill bike racing. There are also numerous obstacles and jumps for riders looking for a challenge. The bike park is open during the ski off-season, from June to September. It is accessible by taking the gondola to the central station (riders are allowed to bring their bikes).


Wernigerode is just a thirty minute car ride from Braunlage and offers many interesting sites. It was part of East Germany, but fortunately, escaped much of the destruction that was common during the Second World War. This means that many of the original timber-walled buildings are still preserved for visitors. The town hall, for example, dates from 1498. There is also a magnificent 19th century castle which was built to incorporate a medieval castle on the outskirts of the town. Due to the town's quaint architecture and preserved layout, it is popular with visitors.

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Surrounding towns

  • Wernigerode ~17 km
  • Bad Harzburg ~18 km
  • Clausthal-Zellerfeld ~21 km
  • Braunlage ~0 km
  • Bad Sachsa ~15 km
  • Elbingerode ~14 km
  • Harztor ~22 km
  • Ilsenburg ~17 km
  • Ellrich ~16 km
  • Sankt Andreasberg ~7 km

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Braunlage: Accessible from Germany and beyond

Hanover International Airport is the closest major airport to Braunlage (approximately 125 km away). There are bus and rail connections available from the airport but each will take approximately 2.5 hours and would include connections and bus transfers. It is also possible to arrange a shuttle transfer from the airport to your hotel in Braunlage.There is also a bus running on weekends from Berlin to the Harz (company: BERLIN LINIEN BUS) that connects with Braunlage. The journey takes approximately 5.5 hours and costs 34 euro. Within Braunlage and throughout the region there is a reliable local bus system operated by Verkehrsverbund Sud-Niedersachsen. Perhaps the most popular option for tourists, however, is renting a car, which will allow you to more easily explore the region. The most convenient option with the widest range of car rentals is to rent a car at the Hanover airport. Most international car rental companies have a location there.Within town one of the easiest options is traveling by bicycle or foot and many tourists opt to do so. There is also a local taxi company in town, Meuller Taxi.

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Concordia harzapart

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Hotel Nitzschke

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relexa Hotel Harz Wald

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Maritim Berghotel Braunlage

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Hotel Sonnenberg Schlößchen

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Altes Forsthaus Braunlage

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Haus an der Skiwiese

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Bremer Schlüssel

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Pension Winkel

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Landhaus Wiesengrund

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Hotel - Die kleine Zauberwelt

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