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"Why should someone do a vacation in Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Oberharz)? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Clausthal-Zellerfeld, which everyone visiting Clausthal-Zellerfeld should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Clausthal-Zellerfeld that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 07/02/2014)

The old mountain and university town of Clausthal-Zellerfeld is culturally and historically very interesting. This is not only the location of Europe's biggest wooden church (with original built for 2,ooo worshipers in the 15th century), but it is also the center of the Harz mining culture. However, we have a lot of spruce forests, as well as many mining ponds. Because of the mining in earlier centuries, these were created when the tunnels were drained. That this technique was unique, and you can still learn about it in various mining sites that are open to the public. Today - long after mining has been abandoned - nature has developed quite diversely. Fortunately, you can now experience the full array of flora and fauna. This is a physically and mentally soothing experience for many people who come here from big cities, especially in combination with the wonderful air and the climate, which is comparable to the Alps at 2,000 m altitude. Clausthal-Zellerfeld is centrally located in the Harz region, and therefore, all of the other places and attractions are easy to reach by car. Many very well-known people have visited here over the course of time, among others, Heinrich Heine and Goethe. As an American, you should know that none of your suspension bridges (San Francisco) could ever have been built if the wire had not been invented in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. It originally helped the miners descend the shafts. And of course, the Brocken is not far away.
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In Clausthal-Zellerfeld and the surrounding area is das. "Upper Harz Water Regal" = UNESCO World Heritage Site. This consists of a many-kilometer long series of ponds and canals that ensured the transport in and ventilation of the mines in the Harz for centuries.
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  • Upper Harz Mining Museum
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    Upper Harz Mining Museum

    The Upper Harz Mining Museum (German: Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum) is a museum of technological and cultural history in Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the Harz mountains of central Germany. It is one of the oldest technological museums in Germany and concentrates on the history and presentation of mining in the Upper Harz up to the 19th century.

    Operation

    The mining museum is operated by the Upper Harz History and Museum Society (Oberharzer Geschichts- and Museumsverein). The municipality of Upper Harz has covered its losses in the past.

    The museum runs, as satellite branches, all the above-ground mining facilities of the closed Ottiliae and Kaiser Wilhelm Mines as well as the recently inherited facilities (round gin house, etc.) of the Rosenhof Pit.

    The museum also hires out an extremely effective and inexpensive electronic guide system 'E.guide EMIL, which provides commentary along a walking route that 'follows the footsteps of former miners' through the landscape of the disused mines.



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Podcast: A Germany Vacation in Clausthal-Zellerfeld with Live Like a German

Listen to our special Live Like a German podcast (in German). This podcast is titled "A Germany Vacation in Clausthal-Zellerfeld with Live Like a German." Episode 2: Today we have Eckhardt and Antje Bruns as our guests. Antje has lived for about 6 years in Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Harz) and Eckhart's actually grew up there. Both know therefore the area there very well. Antje and Eckhard also rent a vacation apartment now for 5 years successfully, and recently, this apartment is now also available on Live Like a German, so you can book it here directly. Today we have compiled a few questions about holidays in Clausthal-Zellerfeld and in the Harz Mountains. It contains lots of interesting travel insider tips for the Harz and Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

Antje Bruns

In this podcast we're interviewing our Live Like a German property owner Antje Bruns:

As a trained assistant in advertising for many years and working in middle management acting as a clerk and a graduate metallurgist and sworn in expert we were both quite successful professionally. The experience and information collected during this time in relation to the two questions:

  • What I liked in my neighborhood?
  • What I've missed?

... we tried to implement solutions for those questions as we were changing our career to a holiday apartment provider and property owner. The positive statements of our guests so far let us hope to be on the right track.

The number of recurring guests has been increased within a short time frame - so seems many of our guests like our vacation concept. We hope that you too can enjoy a stay at our place. Please, be enchanted by nature and experience nature in a home away from home, which will hopefully reflect our joy of nice guests. In this sense
"Glückauf" and welcome to the "Harz-Haus-Bruns" - your National Park Partners in Clausthal-Zellerfeld!



LLAG: Hello, this is Reiner Kraft of Live Like a German. Vacations in Germany true to our motto, Live Like a German. Episode number 2.

Today with us are Antje and Eckhart Bruns. Antje has been living in Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the Oberharz for six years, Eckhart even grew up there. Consequently, both know the area very well, and Antje and Eckhart also rent a vacation apartment, as a side business, They have been doing so successfully for five years. Their apartment can now also be booked directly via Live Like a German. We have prepared a few questions about vacationing in Clausthal-Zellerfeld and the Harz, all about interesting insider tips for travel there.

Let’s start simply: Why should someone come to the Harz on vacation, and what’s special about Clausthal-Zellerfeld and the Harz in general?

Eckhart: What is special about Clausthal-Zellerfeld is simply its location within the Oberharz, which is truly beautiful. Then, Clausthal-Zellerfeld offers quite a few sights regarding the mining industries which are very interesting. The so-called Harzer Wasserwirtschaft, the Wasserregal [a system of ditches and dikes to move water] constructed to power mining machines, is UNESCO cultural heritage. Technologically, it is a very interesting matter. We are also home to the largest wood church in Europe. There are many, many ponds – parts of the Wasserregal – which may be used for swimming. With the proper permit, one is also allowed to go fishing there. There are very many opportunities for going on excursions, even close by. Going up from Clausthal-Zellerfeld onto the Brocken is very much worthwhile. The Brocken is the tallest mountain in the Harz, and in fact in all of Northern Germany. Very interesting; with a small-gauge steam train going up.

LLAG: Oh, sounds interesting. For a vacationer, especially one from another country, maybe the USA, I can imagine such a trip to be very interesting.

Antje: Certainly. And in the surroundings, there’s lots more of interest. We are at the core of culture here, surrounded by many beautifully restored places. Not only Clausthal-Zellerfeld is old, there’s also Quedlinburg, Wernigerode, Blankenburg. So, there’s lots of culture, old panoramas, hidden alleys, nice stores, and many eateries to rest and stay.

LLAG: Okay. Let me ask: How is your vacation apartment located within town? At the edge, in the center…?

Antje: It’s kinda funny. Clausthal-Zellerfeld used to be two different villages, which were connected to form one town. Our vacation apartment is located in the Zellerfeld part of town, in very green surroundings, not really in the center, but able to reach everything one needs in daily life – be that a bakery, butcher’s shop, supermarket or post office – in five minutes of driving. So, it is in calm surroundings. Behind our house is the spa park, also a part of Clausthal-Zellerfeld. And there’s a nice road in front, which dead-ends in the midst of the forest.

LLAG: Oh, interesting. So, is the forest also close?

Antje: Absolutely. With ponds and, in winter, with cross country and alpine skiing slopes.

LLAG: Right, that’s something I wanted to ask about. Given that the mountain is close and it’s all at elevated altitude, there’s quite a bit of snow, isn’t there?

Eckhart: Yes, quite so. It’s not constant, but the snow report is typically not bad. Close by, we have a slope with a chair lift; in the vicinity, there are also bigger lifts and longer slopes which are rather more certain to get enough snow. It’s easy to get there, too, whether by car or bus.

Antje: So, you can ski cross-country, or alpine style. There are special areas providing really beautiful descents. The area offers nicely maintained cross-country skiing trails through the forest and around the ponds, as well.

LLAG: Mmm, yes, interesting, it is a skiing area in winter, too. I should think that the area will also attract people from the vicinity, coming for a weekend of skiing, for example?

Antje: For example, yes, we also have toboggan runs, marked in winter. Cities such as Hannover are close by, and people do come from there, for a weekend. In part, for one-day excursions, in part for short-term vacations. It’s a pretty mixed – and pretty lucky – crowd.

LLAG: Interesting. I didn’t know about the skiing. For snowy winters, good to know. Back to the vacation apartment. How are things regarding breakfast? Is it necessary to get in a car to go get fresh bread rolls, or can one just walk. – How far is it?

Antje: Well, it’s a matter of personal choice, isn’t it? Some people hate walking anywhere and will just have to take their car. Others will think to themselves they are on a vacation and have time, and they might just walk. Anyways, it’s five minutes by car, or ten minutes on foot. Then, you are on main street, where you’ll find it all. Additionally, I’ve struck a deal with the owner of a nearby hotel, so that our guests can also get registered to eat at the breakfast buffet there.

LLAG: That’s an interesting alternative. Is that hotel also close by, getting there on foot…

Antje: Getting there on foot is no problem; it just takes 5 or 6 minutes.

LLAG: So, what’s the name of the bakery you’d recommend? How about a butcher’s shop you’d recommend?

Antje: I can’t really tell you like that, it’s a matter of taste. There are several… and you’ll want to find out what’s your best. There is a baker, for example, who bakes great bread with dark beer. Another baker makes rolls which tend towards the oaty, crunchy end of the spectrum. Some have the standard fare. Some of the butcher’s have liverwurst which is to bathe in. [Laughs.] Some make mettwurst, the air-dried kind, which is among the best. I’d never tell you to only go to one place. Rather, I’d recommend trying out what suits your palate.

LLAG: Okay. So, you mentioned some things, but what are the local delicacies? Let’s say I go to the baker’s or butcher’s – what should a visitor definitely try, what are things that may not be available anywhere else?

Eckhart: Well… Schmorwurst sausage; of course, at the baker’s, Oberharzer Flottkuchen cake, which is really well-known and also very tasty. There are lots. Oberharzer Schwarzwurst sausage, beef sausage… Not to forget Harzkäse cheese.

LLAG: Harzkäse?

Eckhart: Yes, Harzkäse, a special kind of cheese. A must try that is really very tasty.

Antje: Some nice lard underneath, fresh bread… very fine eating.

Eckhart: Not to forget that the area is heavily forested, and thus also offers lots of game delicacies. Wild boar sausage and the like. They are great.

Antje: For those who love mushrooms, it’s an ideal region, too. In the fall, there is a lot of mushrooms one can pick and, as long as you know which ones are edible, prepare in the vacation apartment oneself.

LLAG: I see. And the apartment is suitably equipped, with kitchen and everything, for cooking…

Antje: Let’s just say that I haven’t had any complaints yet. The kitchen equipment includes egg cooker and whisk, coffee machine and espresso maker, baking oven, hot-air grill, dishwasher, no-stick pan, ceramic stove top… I don’t know what could possibly be missing.

LLAG: All provided, great. How about the evenings? Are there any restaurants close by, do you have recommendations for places that are nice, with a good menu or local delicacies to try?

Antje: What comes to mind spontaneously is the restaurant called “Glück Auf”, located in the center of Clausthal, close by that large wooden church.

LLAG: Glück Auf?

Antje: Yes, same as the former miner’s greeting. It’s a very old restaurant with a beautiful hall with painted ceilings. The current owner is highly recommended; the food is very tasty and also well-presented. The same person also has a butcher’s on the main street of Clausthal which offers a lunch table with changing dishes. So, if someone doesn’t want to cook lunch but wants a good meal, it’s easy enough to drive over there and get a nice lunch – typically, three different dishes are on offer – for some six or seven euros.

LLAG: Oh, that’s great. Glück Auf…

Antje: Regarding the evenings… there are steak houses, there are small, cozy restaurants, partly in hotels which have decided to also offer food. There are pizza places, and there’s Chinese. No matter your taste, you’ll be able to find something for you.

LLAG: Great. Sounds good. I’d imagine one would really not lack anything… Back to excursions. You already mentioned the Brocken mountain being worth a visit. What else are activities you’d recommend as day trips?

Eckhart: There are lots to recommend. Interesting things… monastery in the forest, another monastery, Wernigerode, which produces schnapps, also a Harz specialty, of herbs. For day trips, what else…

Antje: Goslar…

Eckhart: The city Goslar, for example, is a magnificent medieval town with an imperial palatinate. For day trips, we also provide hiking maps and we can recommend tours, all depending on what the guests would like and are able to do. No problems, it’s all here.

LLAG: And you could also [mixed talking]

Antje: One can also go to the local bike rental place to rent bikes, or also electrically motor-assisted bikes. In the apartment, there are maps which are GPS-enabled.

LLAG: Oh, that also sounds great. So, really a lot to do, just depending on what the visitor wants to see and do. I’m just thinking that a visit to Goslar probably appeals to international travelers for whom medieval flair is something to see. [Agreement from Antje and Eckhart.] How far is Goslar?

Eckhart: It’s 20 km. 20 km on the road. One can just as well walk there, reaching it within 2.5 or 3 hours – the roads curve much more than the rather more direct hiking path.

Antje: There’s also a bus going there, or, of course, one could go by car. One more thing I remember about eating out: Above Goslar, on top of the Rammelsberg mines – world cultural heritage, not in use anymore but open to visitors… above this insane network of mines going underground, there is so-called Walter Meister Turmcafé und Restaurant. It offers a great view, going into Goslar and over its roofs. It’s a veritable dream.

LLAG: Wow. Sounds really, really interesting. Well, I think the visitor will not have any problems finding ideas. So, with a visitor, you’d inquire about and address their individual likes, I should imagine, giving them individual recommendations?

Eckhart: Yes, absolutely, that is the main point. We help our guests individually, based on what they’d like to do, what their stamina is like, whether they’d prefer to drive or not… There are just so many things to do and see here. There’s an animal enclosure where lynx are held and can be seen during the feedings. Lots of interesting things.

LLAG: The lynx… it used to be very rare, hasn’t it? So, is there a chance to really see it?

Eckhart: It’s like this: Lynx have been re-introduced to the wild, but that there is an animal enclosure. The animals there have been in captivity for a long time and can’t be released anymore. They can be seen there, especially at feeding time.

LLAG: That must be interesting, especially for families, and children, who like …

Eckhart: Yes, absolutely, especially for the kids.

Antje: Yes.

Eckhart: There’s another advantage, because there’s a locality there, the Rabenklippen (Raven’s Cliffs) where one can get an insight into the origin of the Harz’s mountain structure. Pretty interesting also for kids.

Antje: And, one can go the first part from Bad Harz, where that starts, in a cable car. Then, it’s 3 km to the lynx enclosure.

LLAG: Sounds interesting. I can well imagine that as a nice afternoon excursion for families.

Antje: Right.

LLAG: To finish, a few questions regarding local festivities, festivals over the years… when and what is on offer?

Antje: Well…

Eckhart: One event of note, taking place every Thursday, is the Oberharzer Bergbauernmarkt, [mountain farmer’s market]. It’s pretty interesting and consists of… well, just about everything. There’s lots to buy, not just Bratwurst to eat but also traditional clothing, textiles, vegetables of local production. It’s a meeting place for all; a great event that has really become something of a tradition.

LLAG: That is every Thursday.

Eckhart: Every Thursday, yes…

Antje: From May…

Eckhart: … from May until October.

LLAG: Okay.

Antje: And of course, there are completely different things. Easter fires, for example. Walpurgis on the 30th of April. I don’t know if that rings a bell for you. It’s when the witches dance.

LLAG: Yes, Walpurgis night…

Antje: Yes.

Eckhart: Right.

Antje: So…

Eckhart: Not to forget the meadow flower festivals (Wiesenblütenfeste).

Antje: Right, we have…

Eckhart: Viehaustrieb [the time when the cattle is brought up to summer pastures]

Antje: … we have the Viehaustrieb. Right now in May, June, there is this fantastic carpet of flowers, wild flowers on the meadows all over the Harz, in the higher elevations. It gives a fantastic smell, strangely spicy, and very nice. The various festivals celebrated in the small villages all around are worth visiting. There are beautiful organs in the churches. [People talking over each other.] There are also festivals there.

LLAG: Mhm.

Antje: So, we also have that sort of thing. Schützenfeste [traditional shooting club’s festivals], of course. So, there is lots and lots to experience. The real question is if you are up to all the events. If you want that… And of course, there are also flea markets and such things. I don’t know, there’s really just a whole lot.

LLAG: So, it’s always a matter, really, of what the visitor wants, what the interests are… Well, as long as there is a good selection, I should think that this is no problem. The visitors can just simply check and decide, where they want to go. To finish off, let’s get back to the vacation apartment and the living there. What are the advantages for the visitor coming to stay in the apartment you rent out rather than going into a hotel?

Antje: Well, I think that is, first of all, the individual being. Being individual, having the freedom to do what you want, having several rooms at your service. This is a major difference from the situation in a hotel, where you have to remember that there are others and can’t spontaneously do as you please. Also, we have been one of the few places around here that tried and did something for wellness. What we did is, for example, to build an infrared sauna, a kind of bio-sauna that does not get warmer than 60 degrees Celsius. There is also a chair with in-built massage function, via warmth, for the back, which can be set up as desired. What we also offer are different kinds of pillows, with down feathers, with spelt, or special pillows for people with allergies. Furthermore, also part of the service, we will ask if we can do something for our visitors before they arrive. That could be a fishing permit we get for them, or it could be stocking the fridge with food. Also, there is a small hearth in the living room for which we get the wood, and in which my husband sets up the wood as required for a first fire, so that the visitor only needs to get it started with a match. Finally, we always greet our guests with individualized little presents, with which they usually also leave us.

LLAG: Super. Sounds really nice. I think the service you are pointing out to us just now is something special, not offered by everyone. There are enough vacation apartments where the guest gets the key, and that’s that. The service you offer sounds really comprehensive.

Antje: We also provide, and that shouldn’t be forgotten, a backpack for our guests. There are several thermos bottles for the guests to carry hot/cold drinks with them. And there are magnifying glasses to check what it is, if they find a creepy-crawly on an excursion. There are Nordic Walking sticks. There’s a pair of binoculars. A first aid kit with items for blister treatment. It’s all standard here.

LLAG: Great. Sounds real good. Well, I…

Eckhart: Not to forget the big terrace for our visitors, with barbecue, lawn chairs,… everything fully equipped.

LLAG: Everything there… well, sounds great. That’s been it with my questions. I found it very insightful, providing lots of inside knowledge. Is there anything else that we should mention, or…?

Eckhart: I’m just noticing some more questions you’d had, so… Yes, there is a swimming pool, with lifeguard. There are also several ponds which may be used for swimming, but are not guarded. There are reservoir lakes in which one can go swimming or sailing, partly, also rent rowboats. There’s also an indoor swimming pool, with sauna, in town. And there are various opportunities for doing sports. Lots of mountain biking, also mountain bike rental, and there are special mountain biking trails. Of course, one can go running, Nordic walking. These things are also offered. Regarding culture and history, this is interesting… the Harz towns developed because of mining. Mining was the foundation; ores mined were tin, lead, gold, and silver. There are interesting things regarding that. The Oberharzer Wasserregal, the world cultural heritage [as mentioned before]. Pretty interesting museums and mines, which one can visit to learn how hard that work was.

Antje: To get back to the sports real quick: There are several spas up here, working with different kinds of water. For one of those, Kristalltherme Altenau, we always have some reduced-price tickets in house. So, if our guests want to go into such a spa with sauna, the so-called witches’ pots with various herbs, and more, they can do that and enjoy.

LLAG: How far is it to that spa?

Antje: Some 12 km.

LLAG: Twelve. So, also pretty close.

Antje, Eckhart: Yes, pretty close.

LLAG: Sounds good, too. To relax and recover, I can imagine that a spa visit would be great.

Antje: Yes.

LLAG: With family, a nice activity for an evening, maybe also when the weather is bad, no?

Antje: And for families there are many other things. There are…

Eckhart: … a few stalactite caves…

Antje: … stalactite caves. There are “Tobeländer” for children to run around as wild as they wish, without bothering their parents. Lots of things, also for the kids. There’s also horse riding in town. So, really, I don’t know what could possibly be missing, it’s all just a question of what one does. Certainly, we are prepared to pass on any information. Collected info packages are also provided in the apartment, and there are regulars among our guests who come once or twice a year and also confirmed that, should they want to get through all that’s on offer, they’d need at least 3 or 4 more years.

LLAG: Oh yes [laughs]. Having heard all that’s offered, I can imagine that. Given all those possible activities, I guess it makes sense for a visitor to take some time, stay for at least five to seven days, get to know the highlights, at least. Would make sense…

Antje: Yeah, we had guests from Moscow last year who only stayed for three days and also said that it was way too short, didn’t imagine it would all be quite that nice, and wanted to come back again for sure. … Now, in July, we’ll have guests coming from Siberia. I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s related to the senior world cup in cross running, which will take place here – and they’ll stay for a week. Anything below that is not really worthwhile. Until you’ve unpacked and really acclimatized to the place, it would be time to leave again, and that would be a pity.

LLAG: Yeah, I think it would be best to come for 5 to 7 days, a week, to get started. And of course, whoever can afford to stay longer, can do even more.

Antje: Yes

Eckhart: There are also a few celebrities who came from here. Robert Koch, the biologist, or… if that man hadn’t been, the Oberbergrat Albert zu Clausthal, you wouldn’t have the Golden Gate Bridge in its current form, for that man invented the wire rope.

LLAG: Oh.

Eckhart: Yes, a really great invention.

LLAG: What was his name?

Eckhart: Robert Koch was bacteriologist.

LLAG: No, the one with the wire ropes…

Eckhart: That was Oberbergrat Albert.

LLAG: Okay.

Antje: Ober-berg-rat Albert.

Eckhart: That ought to be pretty interesting for your fellow American citizens. After all, it’s not just the Golden Gate Bridge. Many other things, too, would not have been possible without the wire rope. – He invented that here, the wire rope.

LLAG: Interesting. Yes, certainly another highlight. To know that.

Antje, Eckhart: Yes.

Eckhart: So, one can see the whole process of producing a wire rope, from the beginning… that’s shown in the museum here.

LLAG: That’s interesting, too, especially for someone interested in such things, a bit of cultural history… There’s certainly a few things then, right?

Antje: Yes

Eckhart: Yes, there’s a lot more. For someone with some technical interest, there are also other great inventions, for mining and all that. Water wheels, all that. Really interesting things.

Antje: And from here, the Harzer Holler, a special breed of canary, also got to America.

LLAG: Oh. What do they look like?

Antje: The canaries? They are small yellow birds, held in cages, singing beautifully.

LLAG: Yes, yes, those… and they are from this region?

Antje, Eckhart: Yes. Yes!

Eckhart: They originally hail from the Canary Islands, from where they were introduced here. There was a special reason for that, for the birds were taken underground. There is no carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide or methane here, unlike in coal mines, but there are other gases. When the birds stopped singing, the miners knew there is “bad weather” – which in their parlance does not mean rain or the like, but an inflow of dangerous gases – and got out.

LLAG: Yes. And that…

Antje: Then, those birds were bred. As a home side-business, the miners bred the birds and made entire, let’s say containers of wood with which the birds were shipped to America. All that can still be seen in the museum.

LLAG: This is also interesting, of course. I didn’t know that there was such a connection. Very well. Okay, I think we have created a pretty nice overview. There are sure to be more details on things that would be interesting, but whoever is interested in that can just go to Live Like a German, find apartments, book them directly with you – and let’s hope some guests will come soon and see how things are for themselves.

Antje: Oh yes, I should think so.

LLAG: Super. Well, thank you for the interview and the time, it was definitely an insightful talk, and we would be happy if we sent you some guests soon.

Antje: It would be our pleasure; they are very welcome.

LLAG: Okay, thank you and goodbye.

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Travel Insider Tips for Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Oberharz)

Clausthal-Zellerfeld Travel Tips

Clausthal-Zellerfeld is located in the southwestern part of the Harz mountains. Its population is approximately 15,000, Clausthal-Zellerfeld is also the seat of the Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") Oberharz.

To help you start planning your visit to Clausthal-Zellerfeld, here are some of the highlights, which will make your trip all the more memorable:

Our Top Clausthal-Zellerfeld Picks:

Turn your vacation into an adventure and enjoy the various activities in and around the town. For walking enthusiasts there are a number of hiking routes, while mountain bikers can discover the Harz region on tracks of various lengths which all start at the Tourist Information office. In summer, there are various summer pools, lakes and lawns which invite people to play and have fun. In winter, the region turns into a snow-covered mountain paradise for those who like skiing or tobogganing.

Take the kids to the Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum, the oldest ore mining museum in Germany. There you can discover how ore mining developed in the region from the medieval ages to the late 19th century. Check out the old buildings and machinery as you enter the world of yesteryear. Guided tours are available. (see http://www.bergwerksmuseum.de/vertex/

For a memorable cultural experience, visit the glass blowing centre Glashutte Clausthal-Zellerfeld and watch the artists create colorful and unique pieces, from vases to paperweights and sculpture. (see http://www.glasblaeserei.de/)

Our special insider tips:

The region has a number of delicacies which we recommend you try while you’re there. How about Schmorwurst sausage, Oberharzer Flottkuchen cake or Harzkäse cheese? Or sample some Wild boar sausage made from local game found in the surrounding forest areas.

If you prefer to visit a local restaurant, we highly recommend the “Glück Auf” restaurant in the centre of Clausthal. They serve traditional local cuisine including game delicacies and also have a butcher’s shop in town.

If you are a fan of medieval history, do not miss the chance to visit Goslar, which is only 20km away. A day trip to Goslar with its old town centre, forts, churches and residences will give you great insights into centuries of history all wrapped up in a charming small town with plenty of character. (see http://goslar.de/english

As you can see, Clausthal-Zellerfeld is a destination for any time of the year. Whether you ski down the slopes or relax at a spa clinic, we’re sure you will enjoy your trip to Lower Saxony and the Harz region.

With our vacation rentals in the area we have made it especially easy for you to have a great time here and to Live Like a German in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

Things to See in Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Oberharzer Wasserwirschaft (Upper Harz Water Management)

Upper Harz Mining Museum

GeoMuseum of Clausthal University of Technology

Plants of Upper Harz Water Regale

Market Church, the largest wooden church in Germany

Clausthal mint (1617–1849)

Dietzel House

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More about the History of Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Oberharz)

Actually, Clausthal-Zellerfeld consists of two towns: Clausthal and Zellerfeld were merged in 1924 to form an administrative unit. Clausthal is well known for the old Clausthal University of Technology and its magnificent buildings, while Zellerfeld is a typical tourist resort for hikers and winter sportsmen. Clausthal-Zellerfeld is the largest town in the area that is situated in the mountains rather than on the edge.

Mining in the area began in the 16th century. Modern wire rope was invented to service the iron mines in the 1830s by the German mining engineer Wilhelm Albert in the years between 1831 and 1834 for use in mining in the Harz Mountains in Clausthal. It was quickly accepted because it proved superior to ropes made of hemp or to metal chains, such as had been used before and soon found its way into diverse applications, including most notably, suspension bridges. Mining activity halted in 1930 because the ore deposits were exhausted and no longer financially valuable. Today, there are large remains of mines in the surrounding Harz region, some of which are now tourable museums. The Clausthal University of Technology was established in 1763 for the education of mining engineers. Today, it is a technical university for teaching engineering.

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Clausthal-Zellerfeld is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany.

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