This is my Harz Route Guide: a 5-days travel guide through German woods and mountains with lots of sightseeing. So if you packed everything that you need for 5 days in the Harz woods (see previous post), let’s go travel…
Bad Harzburg – the Northerners of the Harz
As the Harz woods are 2000km2 huge, you have to pick one of many beautiful cities as your base. I chose Bad Harzburg – a small city with only 22.017 citizens, which is located at the North edge of the Harz woods. It’s famous for its saltwater spa and very popular amongst tourists.
How to get to Bad Harzburg
As a choice of transport I drove there by train coming from East Frisia (only 5 hours away). Bad Harzburg has a small central train station for trains and buses. The federal highway B4 and B6 run through the city covering all four directions, for example to Hanover – which also marks the nearest airport (1 hour drive away).
Where to stay in Bad Harzburg
Concerning the accommodation I rented a room in the very cute B&B „Pension Trautheim“, which is located in the South of Bad Harzburg, only a 10 minutes walk away from the train station and a 10 minutes walk away from the Harz woods.
The rooms are in wooden style, small but comfortable. They offer breakfast (6,00 € per meal) and free wifi, a flat tv, cupboards as well as daily cleaning. You can also use the garden and some of the rooms have a balcony. In case you’re a dog owner: pets are allowed! Husbands, too. Regarding the pricing check out my budget plan at the end of this post. An important info for non German tourists who might not know about this: it’s common in Germany that you pay a spa tax per night. Your accommodation will add the sum to your bill. It can be 1-4 € per night. In Bad Harzburg the spa tax is 2,00 € per night. As a bonus you get a spa card which allows you to use the city Bus line 873 for free . You also get discounts on some of the city attractions.
Book your stay via Booking.com:
Things to do in Bad Harzburg
So after checking in I took my backpack and decided to explore this cute city for some hours. About half of it consists of little shops, cafés and restaurants. The shopping alley is framed by beautiful chestnut trees, which gave me a wonderful autumn feeling. In the city center you find a well – oh and it’s not any well. It’s the Well of Youth, which is guarded by little gnomes. It’s a wonderful spot to take photos, to sit down and drink a coffee and to just enjoy the flair of Bad Harzburg.
In the North West of the city you can visit the Bündheim Castle, which is a nice location for an afternoon walk. It was built in 1573 and rebuilt after a destruction during the Thirty Years’ War.
More sightseeing in Bad Harzburg:
- The Canopy Pathway
- The Fairytale Forest
- The House of Nature
- The Castlehill Ropeway
(You can read about these activities in the upcoming post for Day No. 3)
Where to eat & drink in Bad Harzburg
Before I returned to the B&B I decided to pay the Café Flora a visit. If you follow the shopping alley in the direction towards the woods, you can’t miss this café on the left side. It’s a very cute pink building that looks just as lovely from the inside. Their food, drinks and service is even better. I had a very yummy vegan coconut mango milk rice with a latte macchiato – just the perfect way to end my first day at Bad Harzburg.
Note: In Germany it’s common to tip the waiter/waitress with 10-20%.
The Website of Café Flora:
My Budget Plan
Stay tuned for Day No. 2: I’ll show you how to solo climb the mountain Brocken on the Devil’s Path…