© Stefan Sobotta, UNESCO-Welterbe Bergwerk Rammelsberg, Altstadt von Goslar und Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft

World Heritage Insight Walk: Pumps and Water Storage

Short facts

  • start: Polsterberger Hubhaus
  • destination: Polsterberger Hubhaus
  • easy
  • 3,25 km
  • 50 minutes
  • 586 m
  • 521 m
  • Loop tour

best season

This World Heritage Insight Walk is all about water and energy from water power. Discover the most important technical installations around the Polsterberger Hubhaus.

This circular walk is 3.3 km long and goes around the area close to the Polsterberger Hubhaus. On this walk you can get to know part of the Upper Harz Water Management System, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz.

Water from the storage ponds flowed through ditches to the water wheels at the mines. Waterpower was needed to hoist the extracted ore to the surface.


Rainwater also seeped into the mines constantly. The water wheels were also used to drive the pumps that pumped the water out of the mines.

 This circular walk has 12 information stations. There it is explained how water was used in Upper Harz mining.

The water reached here along ditches from the marshes in the High Harz. At the Polsterberger Hubhaus it was then pumped 18 m higher. The water was stored in ponds on the hills next to Clausthal.

You can also discover the old stone-walled wheel chambers. The water wheels in the wheel chambers drove the pumps at the Hubhaus.

A special highlight of the walk is the Polstertaler Teich pond.

Tour waypoints

Polsterberger Hubhaus



  • Asphalt Coating (4%)
  • Path (22%)
  • Hiking Trail (36%)
  • Crushed Rock (33%)
  • Unknown (5%)


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