The most beautiful destinations for families in the Harz Mountains
I have been traveling with my family and friends in the Harz region for almost five years. There are now 135 blog entries about our experiences. My son is eight and a half and has already seen a lot of the forests and small towns in the low mountain range. Here he reveals his favorites.
The child likes it best here:
Climbing park Ilsenburg
The climbing park in Ilsenburg is a beautiful place in the green with a picnic area and friendly, relaxed employees. You can only climb from a minimum size of 1.10 meters, but if you have smaller children with you, you will find a large playground a few steps away. There is also a real challenge for the grown-ups: the black course at a height of 15 meters. Highlight for the children: the Flying Fox, three cable cars that can be used one after the other. Read more: Ilsenburg climbing park: family fitness studio in the countryside.
Tin figure museum Goslar
Back then we just happened to stumble into the Tin Figure Museum because it was raining and we were looking for a roof over our heads. And then we were thrilled – for example by the detailed replica mine, which can be used to clearly illustrate the hard work in the tunnel. A visit is definitely worthwhile and not only in bad weather. I described our impressions in the last paragraph: Goslar, feeling good in the brewery.
Friends like it here best:
On a tour of discovery with the Harz hiking pin
As soon as my son got the word "hike" hears, he rolls his eyes. The collection of stamps for the Harz hiking pin did not change that. In contrast to him, his friends, with whom we often travel in the Harz Mountains, have become real hiking fans thanks to the stamps. Therefore, the most important tip for all parents who want to hike: get the hiking pass and let the children stamp hard. There is a good chance that they will be caught by the collective fever and like to run with – or even ahead. Here is an overview of our Harz hikes and all information about the Harz hiking pin.
Parents like it best here:
Parents especially feel comfortable when their children are doing well. I particularly liked it with family in these places:
Falkenstein Castle in Falkenstein
Falkenstein Castle is the best preserved medieval castle in the Harz Mountains. A richly laid table in the knight’s hall and a chamber with an old four-poster bed provide an insight into former life in the castle. Exciting for children: the story about the treasure, which the owners partly buried and partly hidden in a secret room during the Second World War. Read more: Popular Harz excursion destination for children: Falkenstein Castle
Treasure hunt in Quedlinburg
The children’s treasure map of the Quedlinburger Tourist Information is great for children and adults: For adults because they get to know the most beautiful and important (half-timbered) buildings in Quedlinburg in an entertaining way and for children because they have a great time and get a reward afterwards. You can find one letter of the solution word at 14 different destinations. To find everyone, you can easily walk 1.5 hours through the city. Read more: Children’s Day in Quedlinburg
Robinson playground Clausthal-Zellerfeld
You cannot thank the people who created this wonderful place in their free time. The Robinson playground is a forest and adventure playground that comes very close to our ideas of paradise: fine powder sand, a water play corner, chic wooden play equipment with great climbing opportunities and a cable car as well as a covered grill hut. The children no longer want to leave – and neither do we. Read more: Adventure birthday on the Robinson playground.
Wernigerode miniature park
Even those who make a great effort will only be able to visit a fraction of the possible excursion destinations on a Harz holiday. How good that there is the miniature park in Wernigerode: Here you can see 70 detailed objects from the Harz region on 15 hectares – which corresponds to the area of 21 soccer fields. These include the Brocken, Wernigerode Castle, the Steinerne Renne Inn, the Imperial Palace in Goslar, the Joseph Cross in Stolberg and much more. Read more: The whole Harz in one afternoon.
Tree top path in Bad Harzburg
My son was very happy: When he jumped up and down on the new glass walkway on the tree top path at a height of 26 meters, it started to swing slightly. And of course he had noticed that, for safety’s sake, his mother took a few steps back and held onto the railing, which made his jumps higher and the grin on his face even wider. But the treetop path is more than just a test of courage for those who are not completely free from giddiness: Here you get very close to nature in the Cold Valley and learn a lot about the trees, the animals and the people in the Harz Mountains. Read more: Treetop path in Bad Harzburg: glass walkway for those with a head for heights.
World forest Bad Grund
The world forest near Bad Grund offers even more nature and completely free of charge. There are 600 different types of trees and shrubs from all over the world. A 12-kilometer network of trails runs through the middle, including the 1.7-kilometer Indian trail for children with teepee, suspension bridge and observation tower. Read more: Sequoias and a suspension bridge in the middle of the Harz Mountains.
Steam train ride
If you want to ride the steam locomotive on the Brocken, you will lose a lot of money as a family: the return trip currently costs 43 euros for adults and 26 euros for children between 6 and 14 years. Tip: As soon as you choose a destination other than the Brocken, the journey with the steam locomotive becomes significantly cheaper, e.g. with the Harzquerbahn from Wernigerode to Drei Annen Hohne or Schierke or with the Selketalbahn from Gernrode to Alexisbad (Attention, modern railcars are also used from Gernrode. So check the timetable information in advance to see whether a steam locomotive is really running). We decided on the stage from Gernrode to Alexisbad and explored the beautiful Selketal. Read more: Selketal-Stieg: spa charm and industrial history
And here we definitely want to go:
The children all agree: they want to Summer toboggan run drive. You can find them in the Harz Mountains in Sankt Andreasberg and on the Bocksberg in Hahnenklee. More information on this from the Harz Tourist Association.
And where are your favorite places in the Harz Mountains??
Which excursion destinations in the Harz Mountains you can recommend? Where do you feel particularly comfortable as a family?? Feel free to use the comment field to share your tips and experiences.
Who writes here?
My name is Monika Herbst. I am a journalist, live in Braunschweig and spend my free time in the Harz as often as possible – with family trips, hikes, mountain biking and good food. You can read where it is most beautiful in the Harz in my blog. More on this:
Andreas (Friday, March 16, 2018 7:34 AM)
A very nice collection of Monika !!
I still have a tip for families: the natural myth trail at Braunlage: https: //www.nationalpark-harz.de/de/natur-erleben/natur-erlebnispfade/naturmythenpfad/
It is a very nice round with 10 hands-on stations.
PS: I also like to offer this tour as a photo hike for beginners:)
Monika (Friday, March 16, 2018 8:18 AM)
Dear Andreas, thank you for the great tip! I’ve wanted to walk the natural myth trail for years, but something always intervenes. Great addition, thank you very much! LG Monika
Meike (Friday, March 16, 2018 5:31 pm)
the forest adventure trail in Goslar is also great. Very educational and in summer also with lots of delicious raspberries on the side of the path.
Monika (Friday, March 16, 2018 7:14 pm)
Hello Meike, raspberries are a great attractant. Thank you for the tip! Do you know where the path starts?
Petra (Saturday, March 17, 2018 5:39 AM)
There is also a summer toboggan run in Thale on the Hexentanzplatz, which can be reached by cable car (some gondolas with glass floors). There are also many other interesting things, a witch’s house that is upside down and a small zoo. There are also some attractions in the Bodetal in Thale, including a climbing park. From there you can take a chair lift to the Rosstrappe.
Meike (Saturday, March 17 2018 10:19 AM)
it is at the foot of the Steinberg. Look here:
And then Kaiserschmarren on the Steinbergalm (there’s also a great playground)
Monika (Saturday, March 17, 2018 9:59 PM)
Dear Petra, thank you for your tip with the summer toboggan run on the Hexentanzplatz. We’ve been there before, but obviously with tomatoes on our eyes – at least I can’t remember the train. Then we’d better start again.
Monika (Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:02 PM)
Hello Meike, I can already see: we have a very similar culinary tick And the Kaiserschmarrn could also convince my son. Thank you very much for the link and the tip.
Meike (Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:05 AM)
I really don’t want to advertise, but that was the best Kaiserschmarren I’ve ever eaten.
Monika (Monday, March 19, 2018 9:58 PM)
Dear Meike, you do not yet know my Kaiserschmarrn;) (see photo below: https://www.monika-herbst.de/2016/01/16/skifahren-im-harz-der-frühe-vogel-auf-dem -wurmberg /). But I will definitely test with the young Kaiserschmarrn fan.
Barbara (Friday, March 30, 2018 4:22 PM)
I know from experience that little girls love the Wernigerode castle (feudal museum) (in the footsteps of the fairytale princesses).
Greetings from Quedlinburg from
Monika (Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:46 AM)
good idea! In fact, the boys always love the castles and fortresses on our Harz excursions. And with the current weather, you are in good hands indoors.
Thank you and best regards,
Monika (Tuesday 03 April 2018 12:28)
we tried your tip right away – and there was so much to see that we still had time for the (delicious!) Kaiserschmarrn, but not really for the forest adventure trail. But this will be made up for (in the raspberry season;))
Thanks again for the tip!
Meike (Tuesday 03 April 2018 13:06)
great, that makes me very happy!
My boys are always excited about the playground at the Steinbergalm.
However, we live in Düsseldorf and unfortunately do not make it to my home country that often.
I’m looking forward to your next report!
Alex (Sunday, June 10, 2018 11:09 AM)
Do you already know the mountain town of Altenau? – no?! – There is a beautiful wooden church, Europe’s largest herb park, a brewery (exists since 1617), a modern thermal bath, a wood carving, the Okerteich from the 17th century (beautiful), the Okertalsperre and many good restaurants (for example the cliff grill in the city center)
Sabine (Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:27 pm)
Hi there. These are wonderful tips for great excursion destinations, thank you. Maybe someone has a tip for a good place to stay? I plan with my husband and our two girls (4th&7) to go to the Harz in August. We would like to have a vacation rental or similar. We don’t know anything at all, so we would be very grateful for an insider tip.
Greetings from Bavaria. Sabine
Monika (Thursday 02 May 2019 09:16)
now I do not know in which corner and with what standard the apartment should be. There are nice tips on this page: http://fette- Betten.de/ Betten/
A few years ago I compiled this (not very up-to-date) list: https://www.monika-herbst.de/2014/07/27/urlaub-im-harz-die-besten-unterkunft/
What is important: look at the standard and prefer to think a few more. The Harz is not Bavaria and some accommodations are real flops.
If you have any questions, please send me an email.
Best regards and good luck with your search,
Sandra (Monday, September 30, 2019 12:37 PM)
Hello, I wanted to go to the Harz for three days with my daughter for 6 months and my boyfriend.
Does anyone know where we can rent an apartment? We are also not averse to leisure tips.
Monika (Monday, September 30, 2019 8:23 PM)
would you like to describe a little more precisely in which corner you are looking or what you want to do? Maybe you will find it here: https://fette- Betten.de
Kind regards, Monika
full Toll (Thursday, October 03 2019 3:31 PM)
Janine Fischer (Thursday 12 December 2019 14:45)
we celebrate Christmas in the Harz this year and come together as a family from all over Germany and we are accommodated in Ballenstedt. Maybe you have a few "Winter tips" for us in the area with kids from 4 to 8 years?
Best regards and thank you very much
Monika (Friday, December 13, 2019 8:55 AM)
hm, let’s think: there is a lot in the corner with the above Tips for this: Falkenstein Castle, treasure hunt in Quedlinburg (which is always a nice destination anyway: https://www.monika-herbst.de/2014/09/23/quedlinburg-gute-laune-trotz-schlechten-wetters/) and steam train ride.
Otherwise: With the cable car in Thale to the Rosstrappe: https://www.monika-herbst.de/2016/06/14/rosstrappe-in-thale-eines-der-schönsten-wanderziel-im-harz/ or on the Hexentanzplatz: https://www.monika-herbst.de/2015/10/12/hexentanzplatz-eis-und-bratwurst-auf-454-metern-höhe/ (on the website of the cable cars: December 25th until the end of Christmas holidays open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
If the weather is bad, there is still the thermal bath: https://www.bodetal.de/bodetalurlaub/bodetalthermethale/ and of course tobogganing in snow: https://www.monika-herbst.de/2017/01/12/wohin-zum -rodeln-resin-in-/
Have fun and have a great time!
Kind regards, Monika
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