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Winter in Harz
Once the first snows have fallen, the Harz takes on its winter magic. It may not be the Alps, but it does offer everything that you could wish for from a winter paradise holiday. The slopes are well maintained and affordable. The cross country treks provide 500 kilometres of freshly laid cross country ski tracks, well signposted and lots of stops along the way for needed refreshments.
The ski resorts of Harz are ideal for beginner and advance. There are fun parks for snowboarders, toboggan runs, snow - tubing, sledging, ice skating, winter walking and ice climbing. The skiing is both Alpine and cross country. Many of the slopes are illuminated at night and places such as Braunlage have cross county trails lit up at night which enables you to ski in the late evening.
The major ski areas are Sankt Andresberg, Braunlage and Schierke. The Harz National Park take care of the winter trails around the Brocken and the Torhaus. Ski rental is available in all the major ski resorts, so need to bring your own.
Its not all about sports in Harz in the winter, you can relax while being pulled along by a horse drawn carriage or while away the hours sipping mulled wine in the Christmas markets or let the snowflakes drift over you while relaxing in the thermal baths.