holiday where the peppers grow

The former free mountain town of Altenau and the district of Torfhaus lies at an altitude of 420-928 meters in the Upper Harz.

  • Altenau
  • Blick über das Torfhausmoor zum Brocken (Foto: A. Maywald)
  • Die Wolfswarte am Bruchberg (Foto: S. Wielert)
  • Torfhausmoor (Foto: Andreas Lehmberg)

Herbs and spices have played a central role in Altenau since the opening of Europe's Largest Herb and Spice Park. This is reflected around the town in special planted herb displays known as "Würzeln"©. The herb park invites you on a journey for the senses, with its many domestic and exotic herbs and spices.

The Crystal Therme Heisser Brocken in the health resort Altenau is another highlight. Relax in the various indoor and outdoor heated pools. The sauna area reflects the theme of "herbs and spices". Especially created infusions of herbs from the herbal park promise a very special experience.

Hikers will enjoy the beautiful landscape around Altenau, for example, on an extended tour of the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, or the Goethe Way through the unspoilt nature leading to the Brocken summit.

For mountain bikers, the vast network of trails belonging to the Volksbank Arena Harz await you, while Nordic walkers will find three routes of varying levels of difficulty at the "DSV Nordic Active Walking Zentrum”.

In winter, the high-altitude district of Torfhaus at 800 meters has much to offer. You will find several cross-country ski-trails and winter hiking trails through the snowy landscape. With excellent Ski Facilities and well groomed slopes for skiers and snowboarders, plus a very useful Sledge Lift, every winter sports fan will have plenty of fun.


Tourist-Information Altenau
Hüttenstraße 9
38707 Altenau
Telefon: 05328 8020


Alte Torfhausstraße 1
38667 Altenau OT Torfhaus
Telefon: 05320 2290450



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