In line with the motto 'Leave nature be', the park management at the Harz National Park barely intervenes in nature at all, instead allowing it to run its natural course. It's fascinating to see how woodland that used to be used for commercial purposes has evolved into an untamed natural forest boasting beauty, brimming with life and oozing untouched purity. There's no better place to leave your worries behind as you relax and take it easy for a while.
As you can probably imagine based on the motto, there are plenty of opportunities to feel at one with nature in the Harz National Park. The low mountain landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for the ever-evolving natural forests, with its peaks, cliffs, marshes and brooks. Head up to the summit of Mount Brocken, the national park's highest point, for an impressive view of the surrounding area. You can see lynxes and wood grouse up close in informative enclosures and explore the world of the woods on interactive and educational nature trails. If you don't fancy walking, ride the famous Harz Narrow Gauge Railway and prepare to be wowed by unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors.
Deutsche Bahn trains take passengers to the national park via Goslar, Bad Lauterberg im Harz and Bad Sachsa if you're looking for an eco-friendly and stress-free option. Head for Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe or Nordhausen if you're going to the south of the region, whilst Wernigerode and Halberstadt are likely to be the top destinations if you're coming from the east.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points in when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Gallus, Frankfurt to Nordhäuser Strasse 1, 38667 Bad Harzburg.
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Travel for free in the local area with the Harzer Holiday Ticket (HATIX)
Guests staying in many towns in the Harz Mountains are treated to a HATIX ticket upon arrival. This grants you free travel on all bus and tram routes in the Harz region. It couldn't be easier to set off on adventures and visit the information centres in the local area! You can find out more about getting around the local area for free online.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!