Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Best of Bavaria

Destination of the Month Germany

Main image: Evening ambiance in Quedlinburg. Photo: Juergen Meusel From top right: Market place in Eisleben with Luther memorial. Photo: Raymond Faure Nasserwieser pond in the Upper Harz water management. Photo: Raymond Faure Underneath the abbey church St. Servatii. Photo: HTV, M. Gloger The ‘crooked house’ in Wernigerode. Photo: Wernigerode Tourismus GmbH Martin Luther’s birth house. Photo: Raymond Faure The Harz Mountains’ narrow-gauge railway with the Brocken in the background. Photo: Harzer Schmalspurbahnen GmbH

The Harz Mountains – a hidden treasure in the heart of Germany The Harz Mountains offer a vast array of adventures at any time of the year and thus delight every age group unlike any other region. Nature enthusiasts come across mesmerisingly beautiful wilderness in unspoilt forests, deep valleys, wild rivers and blossoming mountain meadows on over 9,000 kilometres of signposted hiking trails. TEXT: HARZ MOUNTAINS TOURIST BOARD; TRANSLATION: NANE STEINHOFF

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Especially popular is the Harz Mountains’ ‘Hexen-Stieg’, which is featured in the ‘Top Trails of Germany’ and has been awarded the certificate ‘Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland’, testament to its appeal to hikers. On approximately 100 kilometres, the path connects the towns Osterode in the southwest with Thale in the northeast.