Rolandstadt in the Harz
The 1000 year old town of Nordhausen is located on the sunny southern side of the Harz and forms the gateway to the Thuringia Harz. Its nickname Rolandstadt is owed to the landmark statue of Roland in front of the town hall, which symbolises freedom, power and justice.
With a rich cultural, artistic and leisure facilities, interesting sights, a lovingly restored city centre with many cafes and restaurants and a popular shopping area, Nordhausen offers a varied programme.
Some of the highlights of the city are the town hall with the statue of Roland, " Zum Heiligen Kreuz " (Holy Cross), the St. Blasii Church, the Woman Mountain-Church " St. Maria auf dem Berg” (St. Mary on the Mountain), the 62-meter-high Petri Tower on the former site of the National Garden Festival and the tram system with the smallest tram track network in Germany.
Two very special museums are witnesses to the long history of Nordhausen. In the last traditional distillery of the city “Nordhaeuser Traditionsbrennerei”, visitor can experience within the 100-year old walls of the building, history and technology of making the German corn liquor. The Tobacco museum presents an exhibition of tobacco trade, commercial business, industry and the archaeology.
The Kunsthaus Meyenburg and the impressive Nordhausen Theatre offer a cultural stylishly programme.
The Art Nouveau-style swimming pool “Das Badehaus” with swimming pools and saunas, the adventure playground, the movie palace "New Age" - Cinestar and the former site of the National Garden Show at the Petersberg with numerous adventure activities such as a climbing tower, sky rope garden, a skate park and various play areas, offer family fun for all.