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The World Heritage Route in the Harz –

curving through the World Heritage by car, motorbike or camper van


The UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz has a wide diversity of places of interest. The World Heritage Route in the Harz connects 20 of these locations via the public road network. Be inspired by the route and visit the museums, historic monuments and landscape features that interest you most on your motorized tour of discovery! Use the suggestions and plan your own individual tour by car, motorbike or camper van to the original World Heritage locations.

 

With its 20 locations, the World Heritage Route in the Harz connects the following museums, historic monuments and landscape features:

1: Historic Town of Goslar / Imperial Palace
2: Rammelsberg Mine
3: Auerhahn cascade of ponds
4: Zellerfelder Kunstgraben water transport ditch
5: Upper Harz Mining Museum
6: Kaiser Wilhelm II Shaft
7: Rosenhof Wheel Chambers
8: Ottiliae Shaft
9: Grund Gradient
10: 19-Lachter-Stollen drainage gallery

11: Knesebeck Shaft
12: Hirschler-Pfauenteiche ponds / Huttaler
Widerwaage counterbalance pond
13: Dammgraben ditch / Polsterberger Hubhaus
14: Sperberhaier Damm aqueduct
15: Oderteich pond / Rehberger Graben ditch
16: Rehberger Graben ditch (Dreibrode car park)
17: Samson Mine
18: Wiesenbeker Teich pond
19: Priorteich pond
20: CistercianMuseum Walkenried Monastery

 

The complete World Heritage Route in the Harz has a length of 73 km from Goslar to Walkenried plus a 12 km detour from Clausthal-Zellerfeld to Bad Grund. The ideal starting and finishing points of the route are the World Heritage Information Centres in Goslar (opens April 2022) and in Walkenried, which are the most northerly and southerly locations on the route. The museums and other places of interest are spread along the route like pearls on a necklace. In addition to the Information Centres, these cultural highlights include, for example, the Rammelsberg Mine and the Imperial Palace in Goslar, the Upper Harz Mining Museum in Clausthal-Zellerfeld and the CistercianMuseum Walkenried Monastery. Among other places, the detour in the route takes you to the Knesebeck Shaft in the mining town of Bad Grund and the 19-Lachter-Stollen in Wildemann. At every place of interest you will find the information boards of the World Heritage Route in the Harz, so that you can inform yourself about the museums and historic monuments before visiting the authentic locations.

Other destinations along the route include the visitor car parks on the B241, B242 and L519, from which you can walk to the freely accessible historic monuments and landscape features of the Upper Harz Water Management System. The Grund Gradient and the Oderteich pond are just two examples of the unique cultural landscape of the Harz, which has been shaped by mining. At these "access points" of the Upper Harz Water Management System you will also find information boards that present the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz and the respective World Heritage places of interest.

The World Heritage Route in the Harz connects 20 locations via the public road network.

The World Heritage Route in the Harz connects 20 locations via the public road network.

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Highlights along the route include museums such as the 19-Lachter-Stollen in Wildemann …

Highlights along the route include museums such as the 19-Lachter-Stollen in Wildemann…

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… as well as historic monuments and landscape features such as the Oderteich, part of the Upper Harz Water Management System.

...as well as historic monuments and landscape features such as the Oderteich, part of the Upper Harz Water Management System.

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At every place of interest along the route there are information boards that inform you about the museums and historic monuments before you visit the authentic locations.

At every place of interest along the route there are information boards that inform you about the museums and historic monuments before you visit the authentic locations.

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The World Heritage Information Centre in Walkenried is the most southerly point on the route.

The World Heritage Information Centre in Walkenried is the most southerly point on the route.

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Curve through the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz according to your own interests. On the World Heritage Route in the Harz an exciting tour of discovery through one of the most important and oldest mining regions in Europe awaits you.

 

PROJECT FUNDING

The project World Heritage Route in the Harz was supported with funds according to the guidelines on the allocation of funding to promote the implementation of the LEADER Programme of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Lower Saxony.

World Heritage in the Harz

A diverse World Heritage Site with numerous museum locations awaits your visit. And the Information Centre offers you the perfect introduction to the World Heritage Site Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System. Read more…

On the Move

Hiking, cycling, motorized tours or guided visits – there are many ways to explore the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz.

On our website you will find numerous suggestions for your tour of discovery – be inspired by the cultural diversity and the breathtaking landscapes of this unique mining region…

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An overview of what the World Heritage has to offer

This information brochure will take you on your first journey of discovery through the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz. Have fun browsing.

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