The World Heritage Route in the Harz –

a touristic guidance system for the World Heritage in the Harz

The World Heritage Route in the Harz covers a distance of around 73 km from Goslar to Walkenried plus a 12 km detour to Bad Grund. The aim is to connect the World Heritage Information Centres in Goslar, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Walkenried as well as the World Heritage attractions along the route using the public traffic network and to make them accessible for guests through a tourist guidance system. Information for pedestrians and car drivers is thereby to be combined.

The World Heritage Route will connect the following locations:

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 (not part of the World Heritage)
20: CistercianMuseum Walkenried Monastery


In the initial stage of realization, a pedestrian guidance system within towns as well as location signposting at the World Heritage destinations and visitor car parks of the Upper Harz Water Management System will be realized. The pedestrian guidance system will guide guests from important arrival points along walking-distance connections to the World Heritage Information Centres and the World Heritage attractions. Here, they will be greeted by information boards that provide information about the respective location and directed to other World Heritage elements where appropriate, such as the World Heritage Insight Walks. Depending on the location, there are different types of information provider. In addition to the outdoor modules realized through the TRAFO Project and also the reverse sides of these, double-winged information boards will mainly be used. One wing is the same in all the locations and provides information about the World Heritage Route and its progression. The other wing contains location-related information. In January 2020 the agency Eckedesign (Potsdam/Berlin) was contracted with the design and planning as well as the production and installation of the information boards. During visits to the sites, the specific locations for the information boards were decided and, in a workshop that followed, the basis of the design was determined. In April of the same year, in agreement with the project team, the basic layout was designed and has since been realized through the selection of pictures, the preparation of graphics and the composition of information texts.

The project building block "Pedestrian Guidance System" will be finished by the end of June 2021.


The project building block "Pedestrian Guidance System" is supported with funds from 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…

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An overview of what the World Heritage has to offer

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