Harz - The Mountain Forest

Welcome to "This is Harz" web site. Here we are aiming to introduce you to a hidden treasure in the middle of Germany, where you can find great holiday destinations and activities for the whole family or just the individual traveller. This web site is being updated and expanded on a daily basis and we welcome feedback, suggestions, comments and reviews. We live here in the town of Bad Sachsa and are happy to help you with any enquires or travel plans. Please contact us at: info@thisisharz.com We speak English and German.

Harz is a secret little gem in the middle of Germany. Known for many years as a key holiday destination and only a small distance from Berlin. In Harz you will find hidden mountain villages and romantic towns with their half timbered framed buildings, castles and old mines waiting to be discovered. The towns of Goslar and Quedlinburg are UNESCO world heritage sites. Harz offers all year round holiday accommodation to suit all budgets. From 5 star luxury hotels to family run pensions, camping grounds and youth hostels. With plenty to see and to do, the Harz makes an ideal destination. You can explore the region by car, bicycle or walk. Many of the towns are well linked by local bus services.

The Harz Mountains rise from the North German Plain, covering an area of 100km long and 30km wide and spreading over three states: Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Lower Saxony. The Harz has a landscape of mountains, deep valleys with rich alpine forests, mysterious caves and clear mountain lakes and waterfalls. Historically, its status as a prime national holiday destination has never been questioned. From 1952 until reunification, the region was divided between West and East Germany, effectively becoming a political holiday camp straddling the Iron Curtain. Now you can trek along what was the border line, which now is part of the Green Band. There are many very interesting treks across the Harz National Park, taking in the Brocken which at 1142m (3,743 feet) is the highest point of the region. It is said that the Harz is the location for the many lost art treasures that were stolen during the Second World War, including the lost amber room from Russia. So who knows what you will discover...

The Harz takes on a new appearance when the first snows arrive. Here you can do Alpine skiing, where the slopes cater for beginners to advance skiers. Over 500 kilometres of freshly laid cross country ski trails and toboggan runs. Although the Harz is not the Alps it offers much better value for money. The slopes are not so full, the lifts are much more affordable and people are very helpful. It is also a great place for the kids to experience winter sports and activities. And don't forget the romantic German Christmas markets which are held in all the towns across Harz, but the ones in Goslar, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg are a must. The Harz region is a great year-round sports getaway, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling and skiing, golf, sailing, fishing, diving. In fact, there are not many sports that you cannot find in Harz. If you need to just relax and pamper yourself, than Harz offers amazing bad towns with natural springs and a vast collection of wellness programs. So if you fancy a mud bath, or an underground cave spa, or just relaxing in saunas and Jacuzzi than Harz has everything you could desire. The regular influx of visitors in all seasons is testament to the appeal of the Harz.