How much snow is on the Braunlager ski slopes? Is the sun shining? What is the situation in Braunlage? Is there a lot going on at the sights? Webcams are a great way to gather inspiration for your vacation. And they help you plan excursions during your vacation. Take a look at Braunlage right now and find out which season is best for a vacation.

What's going on in Braunlage?

In the middle of the Harz National Park idyllic Braunlage is located on the border of the former GDR. It is a state-approved climatic health resort, it belongs to the district of Goslar in Lower Saxony. In Braunlage live around 5700 inhabitants, but in the vacation season Braunlage receives significantly more guests in a season. The Wurmberg is the local mountain of Braunlage. It determines the panorama of the whole landscape and is the highest mountain in Lower Saxony - next to the neighboring Achtermann and Brocken. A popular place for tourists is also Jermerstein, northwest of Braunlage. If you are hiking there, you can - equipped with a little imagination - go on a treasure hunt. Supposedly, the name Jermerstein goes back to a robber named Germis, who is said to have had a cave in the cliffs of the Harz Mountains where he stored his treasures. But you should not waste too much hope on that. Instead, it is better to use the time to explore the sights of Braunlage: For example, the Heimat- und Fis-Museum answers the question of how skiing came to Braunlage. In the course of a historical guided tour of the town, you can also learn a lot about the further history of the town in the Harz mountains, as well as what makes it special today. And if you are planning excursions in the region, you will find the Iberg Dripstone Cave - 35 kilometers away - the most impressive dripstone cave in the entire Harz region.

Braunlage in summer

For active vacationers Braunlage is a festival in the summer. The city's portfolio refers to numerous hiking and mountain biking trails. You can spend 14 days or more here without having to walk or bike even one trail twice. The popular Harzer Hexenstieg alone measures almost 150 kilometers with all its variants. On the direct route from Osterode over the Brocken and to Thale it is still 94 kilometers. If, on the other hand, you take the Brocken bypass via St. Andreasberg and Braunlage, the route measures 107 kilometers. Incidentally, the name of the trail is derived from the fact that in addition to the Brocken and the Hexentanzplatz in Thale, other mystical sites such as the Bruchberg or Braunlage are also passed. Huh.... For information: every Monday and Wednesday, guided hikes are offered in Braunlage. Prerequisite: Four marchers must have registered. Meeting place: Tourist Information Braunlage, Tel. 05520-93070. Besides hiking and mountain biking, the amusing "monster rolling" is also popular in Braunlage. A sport, if you want to call it that, that not everyone has heard of: Downhill fun on Lower Saxony's Wurmberg has been a hot topic since 2005: the monster scooter: an oversized, stud-tired "pedal scooter" with disc brakes guarantees the ultimate kick for young and old alike. The monster scooters are handed over to you in the valley only after an instruction by qualified personnel, then it goes with the Wurmberg cable car up the mountain and then down over hill and dale. During the 5-kilometer-long mostly natural descent, you bridge 411 meters of altitude between the mountain and the valley. Especially for kids from 10 years on a pleasure. Short additional info: In the Adventure Golf Park Braunlage, golfers also get their money's worth.

Braunlage in winter

On the Wurmberg is the skiing center of Braunlage. Exactly 14 runs of slopes with different levels of difficulty attract skiers here with relatively high snow reliability in the Harz Mountains. The toboggan run is also worth a look - but not so easy to ride: it is 1.6 kilometers long and has one or two pitfalls. Of course, the fun of such a toboggan ride is in the foreground. You should just slow down at the right moment. This also applies to the amusing ski tube arena, which in Braunlage consists of a relatively flat slope about 100 meters long. If you don't know what snow tubes are at all, you can be helped: The total of 60 tubes in Braunlage are sheathed truck hoses, which are equipped with a PVC base plate and a belt. The special "kick" of tubing is that the user can exert little influence on the speed! In the mid-90s, the first installations were set up in the USA. Due to the thrill and the problem-free use by the whole family, this sport developed into a trend sport, which spread rapidly and has also been spilling over into Europe for a few years. Just like Braunlage...

Of course, it must be on winter vacation not always be fast-paced: On offer here in the Harz Mountains are also long winter hikes, extensive walks through the wonderfully snow-covered forests, romantic torchlight hikes or snowshoe marches. The ice stadium in Braunlage or the natural ice rink in Hohegeiß are also popular places in the winter Harz. And if a wise guy wants to show off with the alleged Heine quote ""Many stones, tired legs, view none, Heinrich Heine", you can only smile tiredly. First: Not true. Second: Heine never said that. But it's still funny, somehow...

Best time to visit Braunlage

The best time to visit Braunlages Summer vacationers is from June to August, as you will find pleasant temperatures and hardly any precipitation. The highest temperature in Braunlage is 19°C in July, the lowest temperature is about minus 5 degrees in January. Since Braunlage in the Harz mountains considers itself more of a winter sports resort, the latter is probably the most crucial information. Between December and March, the temperature never (or very rarely) rises above 4 degrees. In addition to the altitude and the natural abundance of snow in Germany's northernmost low mountain range, a powerful snowmaking system with around 100 snow lances ensures snow on the slopes. Slopes of all levels of difficulty are technically snowed in Braunlage.

Cover photo: View of Braunlage in the Harz mountains © kgdad -

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