Natural treasures of a special kind await the visitor to the Natural Harz: The Harz National park and Nature park, the 'South Harz Karst Landscape Biosphere Reserve' and the Geopark 'Harz·Braunschweiger Land·Eastphalia' are just some of the highlights. The Green Belt will become a further highlight.
Steep granite cliffs and gnarled mountain spruce, misty moors and purling brooks, blooming hillside pastures and mystical forests. Here the lynx has again found a home without borders.
The cross-state Harz National Park
A cross-state National Park has been in existence in the Harz since 1st January 2006, the only one in Germany.
Situated in the centre of Germany, the Harz National Park protects and develops a unique and species-rich low mountain range landscape, with forests, moors and running waters. A wildlife sanctuary will be re-established here which will be as fascinating for visitors as a biology book that has come to life. The nature of the Harz National Park is also an excellent basis for a relaxing yet exciting holiday.
Find out more at www.nationalpark-harz.de!
The Harz Nature Park
The Harz Nature Park is one of the most species-rich regions of Germany in terms of flora, which is due not just to the various altitudes it covers (from the river lowlands in the Harz foothills to the tree line in the Upper Harz region), but especially to the different climatic influences (Atlantic in the west, continental in the east). Its animal population also displays a high diversity of species. Wild cats, fire salamanders, dippers and grey wagtails are typical representatives, as is the "logo bird" of the Nature Park: the Tengmalm's owl. You can find more detailed information here.
The Geopark Harz - A window on earth's history
Mining took place in the Harz for over 1000 years. Ore, copper, silver, but also coal and a small amount of gold was brought to the surface here. This was no coincidence.
Because of the - in geological terms - varied history of the Harz, rocks of very varied origin can be found in a small area. In just a few metres you can often cross through millions of years in earth's history.
For this reason the Harz is known among experts as the "classic square mile of geology". If you know what to look for, you can find impressive historical artefacts in the landscape, even as a beginner.
The UNESCO Geopark Harz - Braunschweiger Land - Eastphalia stretches right across the Harz and the northern Harz foothills. In Königslutter, between Braunschweig and Helmstedt, the Information Centre for the entire Geopark is situated.
The Unicorn Cave by Scharzfeld in the Southern Harz is home to the Geopark Information point for the Harz region (www.einhornhoehle.de).
The South Harz Karst Landscape Biosphere Reserve
Anyone who comes here is reduced to astonishment: Unending carpets of white wood anemone, the intensive aroma of woods of broad-leaved garlic, orchards in pink blossom, rich blue cornflowers and shining red field poppies as far as the eye can see.
The South Harz Karst Landscape Biosphere Reserve is an insider tip for those who love peace and quiet. It is home to one of the most important gypsum karst landscapes in Europe. The karst hiking trail (www.karstwanderweg.de) criss-crosses the entire area.
Permanent exhibitions on the biosphere reserve can be visited in Stolberg, Wettelrode and Roßla. This is also the location of the organisation's offices. It houses among other things the karst library, with interesting documents concerning the subject of karst. More detailed information can also be found at www.bioreskarstsuedharz.de.