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The UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz –

cultural diversity amid stunning man-made landscapes


The Harz has a very special treasure of human achievement for you to explore. It originally developed through the mining activities of the region and is so valuable that it has been declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. At the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System", in short: UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz, you will find traces and monuments from 3000 years of mining, spread over an area of more than 200 km².

Mining in the Harz began at the Rammelsberg. The mining activities had a significant influence on the surrounding landscape and also on the town of Goslar. They were the basis for the wealth and the political importance of the mining town, which is reflected, for example, in Goslar's Imperial Palace. In addition to the Imperial Palace, evidence of the influence of mining on the town is provided by the historic Town Hall, the churches, the town defences, houses of wealthy individuals and guilds as well as more than 1500 half-timbered buildings.

The Upper Harz Water Management System was also created to serve the mining activities and is a today regarded as the world's most important pre-industrial energy supply system. As part of the World Heritage Site, the Upper Harz Water Management System also includes other important historic buildings and installations both above and below ground such as Walkenried Monastery. In Walkenried you can also get an overview of the entire World Heritage Site at the World Heritage Information Centre.

Whether above or below ground, on your own or with a guide – in the cultural landscape of the Harz you can experience a lot of European history condensed into a small area. Here you will find cultural diversity in the middle of stunning landscapes and you will learn more about this exceptional mining region.

View over the roofs of the historic town of Goslar

© Hansjörg Hoerseljau

Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz) Goslar

Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz) Goslar

© Stefan Sobotta

Walkenried Cistercian Monastery in winter

Walkenried Cistercian Monastery in winter

© Günter Jentsch

A ride on the mine train in the Rammelsberg Mine

A ride on the mine train in the Rammelsberg Mine

© Stefan Sobotta

A ditch in the Upper Harz Water Management System

A ditch in the Upper Harz Water Management System

© Stefan Sobotta

Autumn in the Upper Harz Water Management System

Autumn in the Upper Harz Water Management System

© Stefan Sobotta

The Goslar Museum

The Goslar Museum

© GOSLAR Marketing GmbH

View of the Rammelsberg Mine in Goslar

View of the Rammelsberg Mine in Goslar

© Stefan Sobotta

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Rammelsberg

World culture up close

In the former mine at the Rammelsberg you will get unique insights into the long history of mining. In the historic installations both above and below ground you will find out about 1000 years of uninterrupted ore mining.

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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