Experience nature in the Harz region
The Harz region is Germany’s most northerly low mountain range. The contrast between its imposing boulders, rolling hills, romantic valleys, dreamy meadows and dense forests creates a beautiful, fairy-tale landscape. And in between these natural features, you’ll find a wealth of small medieval cities and spa towns.
There’s nowhere quite like it, especially for walkers. Whether you’re climbing the Brocken peak or following the winding paths through the wildly romantic Bode Gorge – nature is always putting on a show here.
The Brühl Park offers a charming counterpoint to Quedlinburg’s medieval city centre. Its ancient trees create a fairy-tale backdrop for the baroque features, beautifully romantic Bode River and natural pathways. Being so close to the hotel, it is the ideal place to start or finish an excursion or two.
If you’re in the mood for a stroll (hotel – Brühl Park) or along the Bode river (approx. eight kilometres to the south), you can find a map here.
Just outside of Quedlinburg, you’ll enter the wildly romantic Harz landscape.
The Teufelsmauer (“devil’s wall”) is a striking sandstone formation that is very easy to get to for hikers – a path takes you right to the ridge and gives you an impressive view across the surrounding area. The full trail covers 20 km from Ballenstedt to Blankenburg. Some parts are designated conservation areas.
If you want to see something even more impressive, take a short bus ride to Thale to the spectacular Bode Gorge ravine.
Each year, the state of Saxony-Anhalt organises the Garden Dreams – Historic Parks in Saxony-Anhalt project, which showcases 40 of the state’s most beautiful garden complexes.
Quedlinburg and its World Heritage sites are represented by the Abbey Gardens (Demeter garden) and the Brühl Park. There are also plenty of places to visit in the local area, with hiking trails, impressive manor houses and castles to explore, and captivating flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes to admire.
Take a stroll through Saxony-Anhalt’s garden history. Visit www.gartentraeume-sachsen-anhalt.de/en to find out more about the state’s mazes and spa towns, the first English castle garden in Germany and much more besides.
Harz Narrow-Gauge Railway
Discover the beautiful panoramas of the Harz in all of their historic splendour with a trip through nature and time on the narrow-gauge railway.
Vintage trains such as the “Brocken-Express” will whisk you through the wildly romantic Selke Valley. There you can discover the region’s mining traditions and explore the age-old world of the mining industry. Adventurous summiteers can cross this dreamy valley on the idyllic trail to Brocken.
For a programme and timetables, please visit the Harz Narrow-Gauge Railway website. The Brocken-Express stops at Quedlinburg. We recommend booking in advance.
The great outdoors is also an exciting option! Especially if you take the chance to cross the Rappbode valley on foot, on the amazing Titan-RT pedestrian suspension bridge next to the dam in Wendefurt. The 460-metre-long bridge spans the river Bode at a height of some 100m and is just one of the many attractions in this area.
What other activities are available in this stunning region? Flying more than one kilometre with the incredible mega zip-line, a spectacular bungee jump with the "GigaSwing", "running down" Germany's largest dam, or discovering the area by segway.