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"Can i ask what kinds of dishes/food are unique to osterode am harz? The 'local food specialties' link below doesn't seem to be working. vielen danke" (posted 04/09/2017)

Dear Guest, I had to also googling first time in order to be able to tell you exactly ees. I have found in an Easter Roder Butcher: Products: Lamb Vienna lamb sausage Osteroder Mettwurst geezer - with pepper Osteroder Mettwurst geezer - with wild garlic rind sausage Harz Schmorwurst Weißwurst Osteroder Mettwurst geezer white sausage bacon - smoked sausage spread - roughly Teewurst - fine Braunschweiger sausage ham sausage pepper sachets - fine pepper sachets - roughly Lachsschinken Nussschinken pepper ham bacon - air-dried juniper roll ham robbers ham Opa's Smoked Meyer's sausage Harz Schmorwurst Vouchers - The ideal gift for gourmets meat sausage - fine Cooked sausage Wiener sausage - roughly aspic (home-style) blood sausage (homemade kind) Harz Bregenwurst - for kale or lignite liverwurst - coarse liverwurst - fine Harz Harz sausage Bregenwurst homemade sausage - smoked Feldkieker - our bump Harz sausage - witches dwarf Hexenstieg Mettwurst resins r Stracke - sausage, air-dried wild garlic sausage - hard wild garlic sausage Jagdwurst Cooked ham sausage bone Cooked ham The Pottsuse for "Halberstadt Art"
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"Why should someone do a vacation in Osterode am Harz? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Osterode am Harz, which everyone visiting Osterode am Harz should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Osterode am Harz that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 09/02/2014)

Osterode at the foot of resin and has a lovely half-timbered old town in every Friday weekly market takes place. There is a local museum origination history of Osterode. A leisure pool with water slide and sauna with large outdoor area is located 900m from our apartment. A popular hiking trail name Harz Witches begins in Osterode and crosses the entire resin. All points of interest are for day-trippers within reach. These include, in addition to numerous well-marked and maintained by the resin hiking club trails particular: 1) The 1145m Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany with hervoragendem panoramic views with very private Hochgebirgklima. On the chunks you get walking on well marked trails or with a historic steam locomotive. (Highly Recommended) 2) Upper Harz Water Regale (Unesco World Heritage) countless ponds that are connected with a watercourse once served the residents of the resin aggressive junior mining as an energy source. Great for hiking or mountain biking. Tip: Mountain bikes can be rented in Osterode at the local bike shop. Tip: In summer you can bathe in the ponds with the best water quality. 3) imperial city of Goslar with its great half-timbered old town and its magnificent imperial palace from the 11th century. Also located in Goslar Bergbaumuseeum the Rammelsberg with giant waterwheel underground. (Really Interesting) In the Harz, there are still further different Berbaumuseen in Wild Man, Lauthenthal and Sankt Andreas Berg. 4) The Bode Valley in the eastern portion of the resin is reached from the valley or Treseburg also worth seeing. At the end of the valley around which many myths and stories Ross Trappe and witches dancing place are opposite. Both can be reached by chair lift or cable car. 5) In Brown situation, the worm Berg is with an old Holzskischanze top of it as a landmark. There you can take the chair lift up and come back down with rented scooters. (Very nice if you do not want to run). 6) In winter the resin in snow many small slopes for sledding, snowboarding and driving Skiefahren. Cross country skiing trails in many places vorhanden.Skier can be rented almost anywhere. Insider tip: The visit of the Unicorn Cave with your blue grotto on the edge of the southern Harz, in the very early settlement remains and animal bones were found. Insider tip: Around Osterode is a karst area with a German forest in the countless Dohlinen and small karst caves are. On the so-called Karstwanderweg these ingredients are skilfully mixed nature can be experienced. Start directly to our apartment. Insider tip: Directly from our apartment, a very nice hike with many panoramic views begin in the resin. There you climb a mountain "on the field" and runs on a dreamy trail on the Heinrich Heine in 1848 his "Harz Journey" written by a peat bog, at the end of which a tourist restaurant with the name "Hanskühnenburg" is. Well fortified can then along the major drinking water reservoir "Söse reservoir lake" be moved back. This tour includes ca.12-15km.und overcomes approximately 600 meters.
Answer provided by Andreas Diedrich on 09/02/2014
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In the area of ​​the later town of Osterode met with the resin border road and the streets of the Leine valley and from the calibration field important trade routes. This convenient location in the road network will have moved settlers in the 10th century to build a village with a chapel in the area around what is now St. Jacobi Church Castle. From the middle of the 19th century held many innovations in Osterode collection: an urban hospital (1849) was set up, a gasworks (1870) started operations and in the same year the city was connected to the railway network. 1885 Osterode was taken in 1866 as the entire State of Hanover was annexed by Prussia, the seat of the district administration. A few years later, the electrification of the city began. The narrow circular path Kreiensen was opened. The inhabitants Osteroder increased from 4537 in 1861 to 7482 in 1905 with the administrative and territorial reforms of the early 70s the surrounding villages were incorporated into the town of Osterode and enlarged the urban area significantly. The population grew to over 30,000. It was not until the reunification and the opening of the border related Osterode liberated from its marginal position in Zonenrandgebiet and created new opportunities for the development of the city. Other attractions include the granary (from here the entire resin was supplied with grain) The donkey driver monument in the city center, the historic city walls in the immediate vicinity is the Söse reservoir lake, one of the major drinking water reservoirs in the Harz. Many hiking trails. Osterode is also the ideal starting point for Exkusionen in the Upper Harz (Clausthal-Zellerfeld, St. Andrew Berg, Braun situation) as well as chunks and World Heritage Upper Harz Wasserragal and Goslar. Best regards: Peter Weiss
Answer provided by Peter Weiss on 09/02/2014
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  • Alte Burg (Osterode)
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    Alte Burg (Osterode)

    The Alte Burg is a ruined castle that only comprises half a keep (Bergfried), and is located in the Lower Saxon district of Osterode in the Harz Mountains of central Germany. The name means "Old Castle".

    The ruins stand on a hill spur between the valleys of the rivers Söse and Lerbach. Today the ruins find themselves within a cemetery. The castle ruins cannot actually be visited even though access through the cemetery is possible.

    Of the old castle on a site measuring 40 x 60 metres, only a small part of the keep has survived. The greater part of the castle was used as a quarry and much of the stone was carried away. The remaining tower ruins were extensively repaired. Originally the round keep was 33 metres high and had an outside diameter of 15 metres. Its walls were up to 3.5 metres thick and it had 5 stories.

    The castle was first recorded in 1153. It belonged in the 12th century to Henry the Lion. After his death, his son, Otto IV inherited it. Later he bequeathed it to Otto the Child. Other owners were Albert the Tall and Henry the Admirable. In the 14th and 15th centuries the castle became the seat of the dukes of Grubenhagen and was used as a dowager seat for the family. It was last lived in by Duchess Elisabeth who died in 1513. After that it fell into ruins.

  • Söse Dam
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    Söse Dam

    The Söse Dam is a dam in the Lower Saxon part of the Harz mountains near Osterode in the German state of Lower Saxony.

    It was the first modern dam and reservoir complex (German: Talsperre) to be built in the Harz and was constructed by the Harzwasserwerke between 1928 and 1931. It is used for flood prevention, electricity generation, supplying drinking water and for raising water levels during times of low water. The construction of the dam cost 14.7 million Reichsmarks at the time. The Harzwasserwerke still operate the dam today. In 1933 construction began on a long-distance water pipe from the Söse reservoir, whose northern branch goes as far as Bremen. Today it mainly supplies towns and communities in the Hildesheim and Hanover areas. Since 1980 the town of Göttingen has also been supplied with drinking water from the reservoir.

  • Teufelsloch (Teufelsbäder)
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    Teufelsloch (Teufelsbäder)

    The Teufelsloch ("Devil's Hole") is a karst spring near Osterode am Harz in the German state of Lower Saxony.

    The Teufelsloch is located southeast of Augustental in mature forest near the Karst Trail. It is a circular sinkhole with lustrous blue-green water. The stream that drains it feeds the Teufelsbäder moor to the west and then flows through the Apenke to the River Söse. After heavy rain other springs rise in the area around its banks that give the karst wate

    In earlier times the Teufelsloch was perceived as something rather threatening. The origin of its shimmering blue waters rising from eerie depths could not be explained by the people. They talked of will o' the wisps of human size, who would lure wanderers at night over a bent tree into the Teufelsloch. Others believed that the devil in the form of a giant one-eyed fish with a needle-sharp bite, lurked in the water.



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The Söse river flows through the town from the Sösetalsperre reservoir lake about 5 km upstream. The dam was built in 1931 and has a capacity of 25.5 million m³. The Harzwasserwerke water company pipes drinking water as far away as Bremen (Bremen vacation rentals | Bremen travel guide).

Things to See in Osterode am Harz

The Museum im Ritterhaus displays documents from Osterode's history from the Middle Ages to the recent past, as well as occasional temporary exhibitions.

In the environs of Osterode there are several castle ruins, and Lichtenstein Castle between Dorste and Förste.

The town granary built between 1719 and 1722 is one of the most imposing buildings, built to supply the mining villages in the Upper Harz with grain. Today after a comprehensive renovation it has become the town hall.

Osterode is the starting point of the 100 km long Harzer Hexenstieg, a hiking trail to Thale (Thale vacation rentals | Thale travel guide).

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More about the History of Osterode am Harz

The area of Osterode has been inhabited since the Middle Ages and was an important trading hub.

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Osterode am Harz often simply called Osterode, is a town in south-eastern Niedersachsen on the south-western edge of the Harz mountains. It is the seat of government of the district of Osterode. The town is twinned with Scarborough, in the United Kingdom. Osterode is located on the German Framework Road.

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