If you like it sporty, explore the different faces of the Harz on two wheels - sometimes pedaling breathlessly uphill on steep trails, sometimes rolling downhill with verve. On well-signposted routes, the southern Harz offers the right challenge for every fitness level. By the way, you can rent e-bikes directly at the hotel by appointment.
A place for treasure huntersThesmall town of Stolberg surprises with its great history and romantic flair. Situated in the middle of forests, the small town of only 1000 inhabitants is considered a half-timbered jewel, the pearl of the southern Harz region, and to some even the "most beautiful village in Germany" - as voted in a poll by the online travel magazine Travelbook. It's no wonder that Stolberg left the competition behind, because the dreamy alleys, the half-timbered ensemble with houses from the 15th to 18th centuries and the castle towering above everything - residence of the Stolberg counts and princes - really exude a special charm.
In one of the most beautiful houses of the city is the museum "Old Mint", where visitors take a trip back in time to the history of coinage. A curiosity of architecture is the Stolberg town hall. One can reach its floors only by an external staircase. Originally, it had twelve doors, 52 windows, and 365 window letters - based on the number of months, weeks, and days in the year. In addition to the treasures of architecture, one encounters many personalities who were born in Stolberg, visited the city, lived and worked here, and left their mark on the history of Europe - including Thomas Müntzer, Juliana zu Stolberg, and Johann Gottfried Schnabel. Even Martin Luther once took a walk here.
A place for mountaineersAwalk through the town of Stolberg is already full of temptations for hikers: Behind small half-timbered alleys, paths lead out of the valley to the mountain ridges of the surrounding area. After just a few steps, you leave the town center behind and gaze in wonder over the treetops into the valley.
On well-signposted hiking routes of varying degrees of difficulty, you can reach excursion destinations such as the Josephskreuz, a small Eiffel Tower in the Harz, the Unterharzer pond and ditch system or the tranquil community of Stiege with its wooden stave church.
The Harz mountains are far more than just a natural idyll. The wealth of natural resources made the region a valuable settlement area even in early history - and a few centuries later the center of power in the medieval German Empire and the cradle of German politics and culture. History has left its mark: Imperial palaces and castle ruins, cathedral treasures, half-timbered towns and churches, old mines and waterworks, monuments and thousands of precious objects in the region's museums. Important noble families acquired their power here, famous artists and scholars were at home in the Harz. You will explore romantic little towns, mysterious mines, spiritual places and hike to legendary peaks. Your search for clues in the Harz Mountains will also take you to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the old town of Quedlinburg or the Rammelsberg ore mine, the old town of Goslar and the Upper Harz Water Management.
The magical attraction of the Harz Mountains has always fired the imagination and creativity: the inexplicable, the eerily beautiful, the mystical have found expression in legends and stories, in literature and the fine arts. Goethe, Heine and Caspar David Friedrich found inspiration here.
Of course, today as then, art and culture shape the character of the region. Numerous exhibitions, concerts, cabaret guest performances, theater productions and cultural projects constantly set new highlights. Discover the wildly romantic natural stages of the Harz in Altenbrak, Thale and Benneckenstein, experience a theater performance underground in Rübeland or a cabaret evening in Stolberg's AndersWelt Theater!
In spring, lush carpets of flowers in the awakening beech forest, in summer, lively mountain streams and cool forest paths under a dense canopy of leaves, in autumn, the roaring of deer from the golden forest, in winter, a single white splendor - the southern Harz is a fairy-tale place for a time-out for two.
Your excursions will take you to ancient monasteries, mighty palaces, hidden forest lakes, romantic parks and gardens, castles and palaces. In the evening you will sit on our terrace under the starry sky, watch the flying of the bats and wait for the rendezvous of the deer at the edge of the forest. In the morning you enjoy the wide view of the countryside from your window and experience how the mountain ridge opposite emerges from the morning mist. A new day at FreiWerk begins!
In a world that never stands still, we wish for time and space. Time to be completely with ourselves and space to finally breathe freely again. Let your gaze wander over the treetops and let your thoughts wander - it's so good for you, and we treat ourselves to it far too seldom. Give yourself the gift of time out, discover how beneficial it can be to simply do nothing for a change.
Our small but fine FreiWerk spa with saunas, ice fountain, relaxation room and fitness area is a haven of peace that makes the hustle and bustle of the world seem quite far away. The warmth of the sauna relaxes the muscles, calms the mind and brings you back into harmony with your body.
Finally, there will be time for hiking, exploring architecture and culture - and for simply being lazy for a change. Enjoy the anticipation, the best kind of waiting, and book your next FreiWerk vacation now!
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