Osterode am Harz
Osterode is the starting point of many great walks, mountain bike tours and hikes. The famous Harzer Hexen Stieg (Harzer witches walk) starts and finishes here. The walk itself is 97 km and crosses the Harz from the West to the East taking in the highest mountain The Brocken. Your cross is complete in the town of Thale. The walk is well sign posted, just follow the little sign with the witch on the broom.
The historic Old Town Osterode has many half-timbered houses, churches and a car-free pedestrian zone. The market square offers nice cafes where you can relax and enjoy Harzer food. The Old Town Hall was rebuilt 1552 after it burnt down in the fire of Osterode. It provides an impressive backdrop for the market square. The tourist information is in an old Villa called Schachtrupp, with the Kurpark just outside and the Stadthalle opposite.
The Stadthalle offers lots of culture events such as orchestras, ballet, music events and the early Christmas market. Around the year 1100 Osterode was knows as "Villa Opulentissima" - thriving city. Many old buildings are still evidence for this. Through Osterode goes the River Soese, which leads to the Soese reservoir. The valley gives you an ideal destination to escape from the busy live and enjoy nature. The reservoir was completed in 1931.
The decline of the tourist trade has made its mark here in Osterode, but see beyond that and take the small back alleys to discover unique timber frame buildings, which give this town a beautiful charm. You can also base yourself in Osterode and travel around. Very beautiful and popular destinations are: Soese reservoir, Southharz Karst Mountains range, Lerbach valley.