Leisure opportunities in the Harz

There is a lot to discover in and around Blankenburg. The many historical cities with their lovingly restored half-timbered houses and imposing churches offer many opportunities to linger. The best way to discover the region from its natural side is on a hike through the Harz Mountains. On the Hexentanzplatz you can experience the magic of the famous Harz witches and while you stroll along the Teufelsmauer, you can immerse yourself in the history of the Harz.

Sights & cities

Blankenburg and the surrounding area

Barocke Gärten (Baroque gardens)
This impressive park and garden is directly adjacent to our Schlosshotel. The ensemble of the Blankenburg Palace Gardens is one of the largest with around 107 hectares and, with its creation around 1668, one of the oldest in Saxony-Anhalt.

The "Baroque Gardens" are divided into:

  • Castle park with the zoo
  • Orangery
  • Pheasant Garden
  • Terrace garden and mountain garden

Today the "Baroque Gardens" are one of the 10 most beautiful parks and gardens in Germany. In 2012, the English award for German gardens, the "Green Flag Award", was added.

Burgruine Regenstein (Regenstein castle ruins)
The remains of the castle, first mentioned in 1169, are located on a prominent rock spur about three kilometers north of the town of Blankenburg. A special feature is the architecture carved out of the sandstone with its 32 rock spaces and ditches still preserved today, most of which can still be visited. The entire facility is designed as an open-air museum. In some rock casemates finds from the time of the castles and fortresses of the Regenstein are on display. If the visibility is good, a panoramic view of up to 50 km is possible from the higher rock platforms.

You will also find the "Ritterlicher Adler- und Falkenhof" (knightly court of eagles and falcons) at Regenstein Fortress. Here visitors have the opportunity to see birds of prey, vultures and owls flying free and shortly afterwards to experience them up to an inch.

Großes Schloss (Great castle)
The Great Castle in the south of Blankenburg lies high above the city. The baroque building sits enthroned on the "Blankenstein", a 300 meter high lime mountain. As a symbol of the city, the castle is already the fourth building at this point, emerging from medieval castle ruins and castle buildings from the Renaissance period. Castle and palace experienced an eventful history, which is closely connected with the Duchy of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel and the most important ruling houses in Europe. Peaceful and warlike times left their mark, as did the changing rulers. The baroque architecture has largely been preserved to this day. Other usage requirements led to changes within the rooms in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Years of vacancy ultimately led to the loss of architectural splendor. The non-profit association Rettung Schloss Blankenburg e. V. is currently striving to preserve the building fabric, which is threatened with decay.

Kloster Michaelstein (Michaelstein Monastery)
The former Cistercian monastery Michaelstein is idyllically situated on the outskirts of Blankenburg. The impressive monastery complex invites you to discover - the historical and the modern, nature, architecture and music.

Thanks to extensive renovation and construction work, the closed rooms from the late Romanesque and Gothic times are well preserved. The sublime simplicity of the Cistercian abbey is particularly impressive in the cloister, the refectory and the chapter house.

Two monastery gardens with numerous plant treasures are another attraction. Both were modeled on medieval plans and records. About 260 types of plants thrive in the herb garden, which are particularly important as medicinal products. The vegetable garden shows the earlier variety of plant foods.

In the music exhibition "KlangZeitRaum - On the trail of the secret of music" a time machine, an audio channel, the sound-light production of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, exciting experimental stations and instruments from four centuries of music history astonish visitors.

Those who do not want to explore the monastery on their own can join one of the numerous public tours. The "KlosterZeiten" in particular, which take place on Sundays from April to October, offer a good opportunity for this. Because then visitors go on tour together with the tour guides and explore the enclosure, or they learn all kinds of interesting things about the farmyard and the life of the monks. You can discover the two monastery gardens on a themed tour or take a look behind the scenes of the music barn, which opened in August 2015. The evening tours by candlelight are a special highlight in the darker season, when the monastery is very atmospheric, candlelit and romantic. But a visit to one of the many top-class concerts is also highly recommended.

A number of watermills have sprung up in and around the city since the 14th century. The buildings of the upper mill and the coin mill are preserved from at least five mills inside and another seven outside the city wall.

The Obermühle is visible from afar due to its location on the Schlossberg. It was first mentioned in 1453. The building was completely renovated a few years ago.

The Münzmühle was named after the nearby coin in the Middle Ages. The completely preserved mill technology dates from the beginning of the 20th century. Today the Münzmühle serves as a museum.

The Regensteinsmühle, which is located west of the Regenstein, was a water-powered grain mill that belonged to the castle from the 12th to the 16th century. It was exposed again and fitted with two mill wheels. It is also an ideal hiking destination for spa guests on romantic forest paths.

Sandstone caves
The cave complex north below the Regenstein castle ruins in the so-called "Sande" (or also called Sandhutsche) with the "Dedingstein" in the middle is unique in its kind. What is certain is that these sandstone caves were expanded for the extraction of pure, white house sand during the Middle Ages and until the end of the 19th century. In early times the square was used as a thing place.

Teufelsmauer (Devils Wall)
"God and the devil fought over possession of the earth; they agreed that God should keep the fertile plains, but the devil should get the ore-containing Harz mountains if he had a border wall ready by the first cockcrow. He built it on the edge of the Harz a stone was missing, the rooster crowed. The work was in vain and the wall collapsed. "

Probably the most striking and well-known geological attraction of Blankenburg is the section of the Teufelsmauer (Devil's Wall), which has always been admired by all visitors to this landscape, known as "Heidelberg" Shapes the landscape. It was already noticed by the oldest Harz writers. Their bizarre shapes gave rise to many legends.

Nearby are the "thunderstorm grotto" and the Fuchsbau, an artificial accessible rock cellar. The eastern end of the Blankenburg Devil's Wall is dominated by a small medieval fortification, the Kucksburg.

Brocken - highest point in the Harz Mountains

At 1141 meters, the Brocken is the highest mountain in northern Germany. Shrouded in dozens of legends and with its fantastic view, it is one of the most popular excursion destinations. When the weather is good and the view is clear, you can even see the Großer Inselsberg in Thuringia.

The Brockenbahn (train) takes you comfortably to the summit, on which the Brockenhaus with museum, various restaurants and the Brockenhotel are located. There are also plenty of opportunities for hikers to reach the top of the mountain. One of the most famous hiking trails is the Goetheweg with a distance of 8 km.

Distance from hotel: 41.7 km

Burg Falkenstein (Falkenstein Castle)

The high medieval Falkenstein Castle is located between Aschersleben and Harzgerode.
This fantastically beautiful castle complex is an integral part of the Romantic Road and was built between 1120 and 1180.
Today it houses a museum and a falconry. The traditional knight's dinner is also worth a visit.
Distance from hotel: 30.5 km

Halberstadt - The gateway to the Harz

The impressive skyline of the 1200-year-old former episcopal city can be seen from afar.

The impressive Halberstadt Cathedral has been the spiritual center of the entire region since the city was founded. The cathedral church, modeled on a French cathedral, is open to interested visitors for tours. The church interior, in the Gothic style, is used for services and concerts in summer.

One of the greatest church treasures in the world is the Halberstadt Cathedral Treasure. This exhibition houses an ensemble of medieval works of art as well as the most extensive medieval church treasure that has been preserved in Europe.

You can also visit the 4-tower Church of Our Lady, built in 1146, the former Cistercian Burchardi monastery with the John Cage organ project and the "Spiegelsberge" landscape park with a zoo and the world's oldest giant wine barrel.

Distance from hotel: 16.7 km

Quedlinburg - UNESCO World Heritage City

Experience 8 centuries of half-timbered art in Quedlinburg and stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. Built on sandstone cliffs, the beautiful thousand-year-old Romanesque collegiate church of St. Servatius rises above the city as a landmark. Visit the imposing treasury with the Quedlinburg cathedral treasure and look at the uniquely preserved royal tombs of the 1st German king, Heinrich I, and his wife Mathilde.

Don't miss the Münzenberg with the remains of the Marienkloster and the 1000-year-old Wiperti crypt.

Distance from the hotel: 12.5 k

Rappbodetalsperrre (dam)

With a length of 415 meters and a height of 106 meters, the Rappbodetalsperre is the largest dam in the Harz Mountains. In 1959 the imposing structure was completed, which holds more than 109 million cubic meters of water when it is fully flooded. Today the dammed water is mainly used as a drinking water reserve for cities east of the Harz Mountains.

A visit to this gigantic dam is definitely worth it. From the vantage point, let your gaze wander far over the idyllic landscape of the Harz Mountains. From here you can start your own test of courage with "HARZDRENALIN", e.g. wall running.

Distance from hotel: 9.6 km

Rübeländer Tropfsteinhöhlen (Stalactite caves)

The Harz cave village Rübeland is embedded in the Bode valley between two steeply rising rocks, which as a trademark give the place a special character. The Rübeland stalactite caves are among the oldest show caves in Germany and an excursion should be an integral part of your Harz vacation.

Experience the fascinating beauty of the stalactite formations that have arisen over the centuries in the Baumanns and Hermanns caves.

The Baumannshöhle shines in full grace with rich stalactite decorations. Especially with the “Goethesaal”, Germany's only subterranean natural stage and the artificially created idyllic Wolfgangsee, the Baumannshöhle has made a name for itself beyond Europe's borders.

Both caves are open daily during the season (May - October) for interested hobby cave explorers.

Distance from hotel: 13.0 km

Thale & Hexentanzplatz

The Hexentanzplatz
The Hexentanzplatz is a rock plateau 454 meters above sea level, which extends over the Bode valley opposite the Rosstrappe over an area of around 60 hectares. With numerous attractions such as the Harz mountain theater, the Harz bobsleigh or the Thale zoo, it is a popular excursion destination. To reach this mystical place, take a walk on the wonderful hiking trails or take the cable car with a breathtaking view of the rock plateau.

The Rosstrappe
You can comfortably take the chair lift to the opposite 403 meter high granite rock, the Rosstrappe, above the left bank of the Bode. You can also reach the Rosstrappe on foot via the Präsidentenweg (Presidential Path). The notable depression on the rock resembles a huge hoof print. Countless legends and myths have been entwined around this deepening for centuries. The most famous legend tells of the giant Bodo and the princess Brunhilde as well as the creation of the legendary hoof print, which gave the rock its name.

Bodetal Thermal bath Thale
Enjoy the soothing brine water and let your soul dangle with gentle underwater music and atmospheric light shows. From the outdoor warm pool you can let your gaze wander over the beautiful Bodetal. Even the smallest visitors are catered for: the children's pool with colorful play options makes a day of bathing an experience for children. As swimming is known to make you hungry, you don't have to do without culinary delights: In the event gastronomy you can expect fresh ingredients, seasonal dishes and international delicacies. The spacious sauna area as well as the wellness and brine area also leave nothing to be desired. From body wraps to hammam and classic massages - put together your own individual relaxation package and let the day end calmly and calmly.

Distance from the hotel: 7 km

Wernigerode - The colorful city at the Harz

Visit the "colorful city" on the Harz and let yourself be captivated by the charm of the historic old town. About 15 km from Blankenburg, Wernigerode offers you countless opportunities for an attractive day trip.

Market square with town hall

The center of the city with around 34,000 inhabitants is the market square, dominated by the historic town hall. This is considered the pearl of medieval half-timbered architecture. Once built as "Spelhus", the town hall was first mentioned in 1277. In the possession of the Counts of Wernigerode, it later served as a court house, a place of medieval entertainment with dancing and jugglers' games as well as wedding celebrations.

Wernigerode castle
Wernigerode Castle towers high above the city and was originally built as a castle, which was supposed to secure the path of the German emperors of the Middle Ages on their hunting trips. A renovation followed in the late 17th century by the architect Carl Frühling on the orders of Count Ernst zu Stolberg-Wernigerode. Through this excellent renovation, the romantic residential palace was given its current appearance in the form of a round castle. Since 1999 this impressive castle ensemble with its immense wealth of details inside the castle and the 3 parks (pleasure garden, zoo and terrace garden) has been a nationally valuable cultural monument.

Distance from hotel: 16.4 km

Active in the Harz

Golf in wonderful nature

Golf - a ball sport with a centuries-old tradition. You can also practice this sport in the Harz Mountains. Under the association "Der GolfHarz" you can tee off balls on three of the most beautiful golf courses in the Harz Mountains. Experience the wonderful nature and the unique location of these facilities. These three golf courses include:

  • GolfClub Harz in Bad Harzburg
  • Golfclub Schloss Meisdorf e.V. in Meisdorf
  • Golfclub Rittergut Rothenberger Haus in Duderstadt

Whether beginner and taster courses, group or individual training, beginners or single handicapper - there is a suitable offer for every golfer. And with the "GolfHarzCard" you can even play on the three courses at a special price.

Partner offer: As a partner hotel of GolfHarz, we offer you a 20% discount on the green fee prices of the affiliated golf courses. You will receive a voucher for this during your stay!

Have we piqued your interest? At www.der-golfharz.de you will find all further information and brief portraits about the four golf courses in the Harz.

Out and about by bike & mountain bike

The Harz is particularly popular with cyclists because of its numerous possibilities, from easy to extremely. Bike parks, single trails and even large mountain bike events are on offer.

The routes are very well signposted and suitable for every requirement.

Volksbankarena Harz
The Volksbankarena Harz extends over 40 x 40 kilometers and has 74 routes. A total of 59,000 meters in altitude, 2,200 kilometers of route network and 31 locations in three marked levels of difficulty can be experienced.

Seven routes that are no less demanding lead through the Bode Valley. The Bode valley is not called the "most rugged rock valley north of the Alps" for nothing. Dense forests, narrow, rooted paths and impressive vantage points round off your excursion by mountain bike.

Further information can also be found at www.harzinfo.de

Bike rental in the Schlosshotel Blankenburg
Bicycle rental is possible through our partner Harzmobil.

Hiking in one of the most popular hiking regions

Why hiking is so popular in the Harz Mountains and routes selected exclusively by the Schlosshotel Blankenburg for your perfect hiking experience.

The Harz is one of the most popular hiking regions in Germany because...

  • hiking is a recreational sport for every age group, keeps you fit and is healthy for body and mind
  • the well-developed and signposted network of trails in the Harz region offers a large selection of hiking routes with different levels from easy to sporty. There are also many circular hiking trails that can also be explored in individual stages
  • many routes are also suitable for a short vacation or for those who only have a weekend
  • in the information centers of the national park, there are general information as well as exhibitions on various key topics that set the mood for hiking and the region
  • the Harz with its mountain landscapes, forests and moors has its own special charm in every season
  • the Harz "Wandernadel" (hiking pin) strengthens the spirit of sport: collect stamps and get the Harz "Wandernadel". The many different tours to the stamping points are also suitable for inexperienced hikers and families with children.

Harz impression

Blick nach Thale vom  Hexentanzplatz
Blick nach Thale
Bodetal Rosstrappe
Bodetal Rosstrappe
Seilbahnen Thale
Seilbahnen Thale
Ausblick Harz
Ausblick Harz
Teufelsmauer Hamburger Wappen
Teufelsmauer Hamburger Wappen
Blick Von Burg Festung Regenstein
Blick von Burg Festung Regenstein
Burgruine Regenstein
Burgruine Regenstein
Burgruine Regenstein Hoehlen
Burgruine Regenstein Hoehlen
Burg Festung Regenstein
Burg Festung Regenstein
Blick Von Der Rappbodetalsperre
Blick von der Rappbodetalsperre
Haengebruecke Titan AR
Hängebruecke Titan AR
Entlang Der Bode
entlang der Bode
Kloster Michaelstein
Kloster Michaelstein
untere Ilsefälle
Untere Ilsefälle
Harzköhlerei Hasselfelde
Harzköhlerei Hasselfelde
Blick Zum Schloss Wernigerode
Blick zum Schloss Wernigerode
Schloss Wernigerode
Schloss Wernigerode
Wernigerode Rathaus
Wernigerode Rathaus
Wernigerode Bahn
Bahn zum Schloss Wernigerode
Steile Wanderwege
Steile Wanderwege
Wanderweg Gipfelkreuz
Wanderweg mit Gipfelkreuz
Rübelaender Tropfsteinhöhle
Rübelaender Tropfsteinhöhle
Brockenbahn Winter
Brockenbahn im Winter