Bad Lauterberg im Harz – 800 years old and still going strong
Location: On the edge of the Harz National Park
Found at the southern edge of the Oderstausee dam lake and served by two roads, the B27 and the B243, Bad Lauterberg is easily accessed from Nordhausen, 32 kilometres to the south, or Göttingen, and 47 kilometres to the west. Hanover is around 90 kilometres to the north, and is probably where most travellers will fly into with its popular International Airport found on the outskirts of the city. Found stretched along the valley floor, Bad Lauterberg is flanked on its sides by the forested mountains that reach to a height of 700 metres on one side and 460 metres on the other.
Culture: Visit the remains of the 12th century castle
A wonderful view awaits you when you visit the ruins of the Lutterberg Castle that sits atop Bad Lauterberg hill and overlooks the town. Built in 1134 by one of the earliest Counts of Lutterberg, it must have been an imposing fortress looking down on the once busy trade route through the valley. An exhilarating cable car ride is the easiest way to attain the 400-metre climb up the 63-degree slope, and offers a great view of the town as you make your way gently over the forests below at a speed of 30 metres per minute.
Activities: Walking and hiking for everyone
The trails through the forests and hills are some of the finest of the region, and take you through some wonderful scenery. Views that suddenly appear through the trees will make you stop for a photo opportunity, and from the top of the ridgeline will take your breath away as you look out over the Harz region. You can also take your walking underground in the visitors’ mine Scholmzeche. Here, you can experience the life of a miner from the 17th and 18th centuries as you walk for over 250 metres through the mine, and see for yourself the conditions they lived and worked under.