Bad Harzburg is one of those typical spa towns in Harz. On first impressions it can seem quiet and a bit dated, but a little scratch at the surface and you will discover a vibrant town that is anything but sleepy. Horse racing, casinos, golf courses, concerts, Nordic walking, marathons and many other sports plus one of the best spas in Lower Saxony all highlight the need to spend some time here and explore this fascinating town.
Historically Harzburg has had a chequered past, according to legend Charlemagne built a chapel on top of the Burgberg Mountain around 780 in place of a Saxon sacred grave dedicated to the pagan god Krodo. Then over the next 500 years the region power exchanged hands many times. The first development of a spa town was around 1569 when Duke Julius of Brunswick promoted the use of saline water well to extract salt. In 1892 the town changed its name from Neustadt to Harzburg, and was given the title of spa town by 1894.
All the health springs are natural mineral springs with no additional salts or minerals added. The pump room with its Tambourpendentif Dome is one of the towns landmarks. Three of the seven natural waters inside are drinkable. A trip up to the Burgberg which can be done by foot or cable car where the remains of 11th century fort can be seen. Here also is the Canossa Memorial which can be seen for miles at night when it is illuminated.
Due to its closeness to the National Park, Bad Harzburg is a good starting point for many walks. You can trek from the top of the Burgberg via the Kaiserweg Trail to the Torfhaus with other walks to the Brocken. Closer to town is the Krodoland, with a built in riding school and children's play area, outdoor swimming pool and much more, the Silberbornbad with its in and outdoor swimming pool, one of the highest sky-ropes in Harz plus mountain bike routes GPS guided treks. The casino can be found in the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Bad Harzburg has many festivals, the main ones being the festival of Classics and festival of lights with thousands of candles and lights plus of course the annual horse racing meeting.