Trip to the Harz

P1040469While I have been extremely busy at work, my partner has been busy all during spring and early summer to build us a camper van out of an old Citroen  delivery truck. He did a great job and we took our first tour last weekend. We went to the Harz, which is about 300 km south of our home.

There is much to tell about these North German low mountain range, situated between Northern-Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. It used to be a famous and important mining area with an interesting water system build for the mining industry, which is still intact. After the 2nd World War the Harz was split between East and West Germany, the border running across its highest Mountain, the Brocken. That one is over a 1000 m high and most tourists are either hiking up there or take the famous Harz Railway up to admire the view.

On this trip we took only smaller walks in the morning as it was very hot and instead went sightseing in Wernigerode, which used to be in East Germany. During the Middle Ages it was a stronghold of witch-hunting  and it is famous for its picturesque castle, which is definitely worth a visit.

The next day we visited Goslar, which between 1009 and 1253 Goslar was one of the seats of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. For a while Goslar was member of the Hanse and  and became very affluent. Eventually it lost its economic and political importance, and turned into one of the many beautiful and historically interesting small towns in Germany. However, it also remained an important mining town with one of the biggest mines of the Harz being part of the town. At its market place there is a fascinating carillon with figures documenting the development of mining in the Harz.

I am fascinated with the craftsmenship that was necessary to build these old houses and in the Harz I especially like the many details decorating the houses. Here are some impressions of our trip, starting with Wernigerode and followed by Goslar:

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