"Nationalpark Hochharz and Brocken" Top 5 Page for this destination Wernigerode Things to Do Tip by Sjalen
Wernigerode Things to Do: 20 reviews and 51 photos
Hochharz means "High Harz" and therefore includes some real peaks in this mountain range. It is the national park on the former GDR side (the western national park is just known as Naturpark Harz) and therefore, I have yet to set foot in it but I have seen it from the west many times even though it was never a national park in them days (too many surveillance activities along the Wall). It was only in 1990 that it was given that status. Here you find thick spruce forests, high meadows and peaks like the Brocken. The latter is served by a steam train from Wernigerode. Unfortunately, November did not bring clear enough wheather for us to want to fork out for it as we wanted to see things from the top. If you want to see what to expect, have a look at my Torfhaus page where you can see what Brocken looks like from the western side.
If you are further interested in the Harz environment, you can visit the Harz Museum in Klint 10 (one of the oldest parts of town) for exhibitions on the nature, minerals etc. of it all. More interesting that it looks I'm sure (we never had time) since this is an area famous for its silver mines and such. To the museum also belongs "Das kleinste Haus", the smallest house in town, since that's just what it is. A one-room house, only 2.65 metres wide but with a high ceiling once housed a family with no less than seven children! How they did it? Have a look for yourself.