When the Alps were still considered inhospitable and the Black Forest was waiting to be discovered by the English and the French, the Harz mountains exuded an attraction for artists, students – and not least, poets.
The Harz mountains, 90 kilometers (56 miles) long, 30 kilometers wide, and some 400 million years old, straddle the border between what was once East and West Germany, in the central part of the country.
A mother lode of mining history has shaped the town of Goslar in the Harz Mountains.
When the Rammelsberg mine outside of Goslar was shut down in 1988, it marked the end of a 1,000-year operating history.
Road for Romantics Ascending the 12-kilometer trail up the Brocken from the town of Ilsenburg was something of a rite of passage for German Romantics.
We, the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways, are one of the world’s last great steam adventures, with 25 steam locomotives.A childhood memory of half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets gets DW's Katherine Sacks to explore the charming medieval towns of the Harz Mountains - following in the footsteps of both George Clooney and Goethe.When a friend mentioned that the Harz Mountains region - just a two-hour drive from Berlin - was similar to the enchanting medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, I immediately placed it at the top of my travel list.As a child, Rothenburg had been a favorite winter getaway for my family, and the snowy fairytale setting, with its sweet fried Schneeball pastries and toy-like holiday displays at Käthe Wohlfahrt, had become "Christmas village" to me and my sister.My childhood imagination pictured Santa's workshop tucked down one of Rothenburg's tiny cobblestone streets, but as an adult I learned it was more probable to find massive groups of tourists on its streets.