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Explore Germany’s mining history — explore the Harz Mountains

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Explore Germany’s mining history — explore the Harz Mountains

Hiking Collection by Renée



38:46 h

79.4 mi

8,800 ft

Tranquil moats, picturesque forest lakes, idyllic little mountain villages – if you look closely, you’ll find traces of mining everywhere in the Harz Mountains. The remnants blend into the landscape as if they’ve always been there. Yet mining has strongly shaped and changed the Harz landscapes over the centuries. Especially the Western Harz, which is considered the largest and oldest mining region in Europe. Some places, such as the Rammelsberg, look back on more than 3,000 years of mining history.

In this Collection, I present you with nine varied Tours so you can explore the history of mining here. Follow the pretty moats of the Lower Harz and Upper Harz Water Regale (a system of dams) or walk along the banks of the numerous man-made reservoirs and ponds, which were originally used for water supply and today offer wildlife spotting and recreation. At many of the stations you’ll find information boards providing background and context.

In addition to the Tours, you’ll find 10 highlights with the most fascinating mines and mining museums in this Collection. Here, you can travel into the depths with the cable cars and mining railroads and get to know life underground. You'll experience first-hand how silver, copper, lead and zinc were mined for centuries under the toughest working conditions as well as what life was like for the workers.

You don't need much for your mining adventure. Sturdy shoes and warm waterproof clothing are practical – above and below ground. I also recommend packing a tasty picnic for your hikes, because you'll pass many scenic rest stops along the way. On some of the Tours, there are also places to stop for refreshments.

A journey back in time to the mining art of the Harz is waiting for you. Have fun!

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  • Tours
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  • Distance
    79.4 mi
  • Duration
    38:46 h
  • Elevation
    8,800 ft

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