This is my Harz Route Guide: a 5-days travel guide through German woods and mountains with lots of sightseeing. Day No. 3 was about sightseeing in Bad Harzburg: walking the Canopy Pathway, visiting the Fairytale Forest and The House of Nature, riding the Castlehill Ropeway and from up there hiking to the Raven Cliff to spot some lynxes.
The Canopy Pathway
Just at the edge of the woods you can find the Canopy Pathway / “Baumwipfelpfad”(address is Nordhäuser Str. 2b in Bad Harzburg).
It’s a 20 meters high and 1000 meters long path with 18 platforms, 50 different experience elements and many interesting facts about nature. It took 10.000 hours to build this path. I recommend to get there as soon as they open. This way you can experience the Canopy Pathway at morning light. From April until October they are open from 9:30am – 6pm and from November until March they are open from 10am – 4pm. You can’t visit when the weather is too bad. One of the highlights is the skywalk: a 15 meters glass way, which allows you to look straight down to the woods beneath you.
It’s a beautiful experience walking amongst the canopies.
The Fairytale Forest
As I told you before the Harz is all about magic. Those woods inspired the Grimm Brothers to write the fairytales we all love so much. So what better way to spend the morning than to enter the Fairytale Forest / “Märchenwald” (address is Nordhäuser Str. 1a in Bad Harzburg).
It’s a little village that won’t just make children happy. You can visit all the fairytale houses (Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, etc.). If you press the green buttons infront of the houses the stories get read to you.
There’s also a little extra village with goats and hens in it. You’re allowed to go in there, pet and feed them – and get selfies with them if you like.
Next to Goat Town is Bunny Town, where you can watch lots of bunnies and guinea pigs. It’s a really cute place with lots of fairydust.
The House of Nature
My next stop was the House of Nature / “Haus der Natur”. Its address is close to the other two locations I already visited today (Nordhäuser Str. 1c in Bad Harzburg). I loved the little museum. The large forest adventure exhibition with lots of information about the lynxes from the Harz is worth visiting. You learn a lot about flora and fauna of the Harz, like did you know that ants can carry 30 times their own body weight?
The Castlehill Ropeway
Just next to the House of Nature is the Castlehill Ropeway / “Burgberg Seilbahn”. You should bring some time here, especially if you want to ride on a German holiday (like me). The ropeway gets you up to the Castlehill, where you have an impressive view of Bad Harzburg. Of course you can also climb the Castlehill / “Burgberg”with 483m / 1584,6 ft, but in my case my feet still hurt from that Brocken climb.
Many hiking routes start from here. I decided to take the route to the lynxes enclosure.
Hike to the Raven Cliff
The hike from the Castlehill to the Raven Cliff / “Rabenklippe” is 3,3 km / 2 miles. So you walk a little less than an hour through the beautiful Harz woods.
From the Raven Cliff you have a fantastic view to the Brocken.
Spotting some lynxes
The absolute highlight at the Raven Cliff is the lynxes enclosure. Yes, the brush ears are finally back in the Harz woods. They are very shy animals so you might not ever meet them in the wild, but at the lynxes sanctuary here you might have a chance spotting them, especially during the public lynxes feeding which is daily at 2:30pm. The restaurant on the Raven Cliff also offers food for humans, in case you’re hungry from all that hiking. It’s a wonderful spot to spend the afternoon.
Next to the lynxes enclosure is a bus stop (bus line 875) from where you can directly drive back to Bad Harzburg, which I did together with this little guy:
My Budget Plan
Stay tuned for Day No. 4 – I’ll visit Goslar, a World Heritage City…