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Blankenburg (Harz)

The health spa Blankenburg with its location in the foreland country side, impressive castle and garden architecture, the historic Old Town and the stately Art Nouveau mansions, has always been a favourite holiday resort in the Harz Mountains.

The 100-acre ensemble of Blankenburg Castle Gardens is one of the largest and oldest in Saxony-Anhalt and an important part of the state initiative "Garden Dreams". The parks and gardens of the Large and Small Castle include the Terrace Garden, Orangery Court, Mountain Garden with teahouse and the Princess Tower. The large Castle Park has a castle lake and a pheasant garden. In the medieval-themed town, the historic Town Hall, Medieval Parish Church St. Bartholomew's and Germany's only historic Hostel Museum , plus the remains of a small palace, the Luisenburg, are situated.

On a prominent rocky outcrop just outside the town, lies the Castle and Fortress of Regenstein with its knightly eagles and falcons. The facility is designed as an open-air museum and shows the impressive architectural remains of 32 rooms and trenches worked into the sandstone. Near the castle on the 'Romanesque Road', the Cistercian Monastery Michaelstein is situated with its monastic herb and vegetable garden.

Walkers will find the mysterious legendary sandstone rock formation 'Devil's Wall' on the idyllic hiking trails around the town, one of the locations of the popular "Harz Walking Badge". Just outside the city, cyclists find the Euroroute R1 and the attractive cycle network in the northern foreland.

With the Blankenburg Climbing Forest, the glass manufactory Harzkristall and the biological lido "Am Thie" with its extensive facilities, there is always something to keep families entertained during the holiday.

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Tourist-Information Blankenburg (Harz)

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