From Hildesheim to Wartburg Castle via Goslar and Quedlinburg
Length: approx. 289 km – We recommend two overnight stays.
Hildesheim is a cultural centre between the Harz mountains and Hannover. It lies tucked away in the Leinebergland region, which is great for walking and sightseeing. In the heart of the picturesque Harz countryside are the towns of Goslar and Quedlinburg, whose old quarters blend in harmoniously with the surrounding countryside.
The historical Rammelsberg mines date back more than 1,000 years and are complemented by the Upper Harz Water Management System, whose ingenuity belies its age. The route from Goslar to Quedlinburg takes you past Wernigerode, which serves as a starting point for walks in the Harz National Park and on Mount Brocken.
Michaelstein Cistercian Abbey, just outside Blankenburg, makes a great place to stop for a contemplative break. The old quarter in Quedlinburg boasts an incredible 1,300 half-timbered buildings spanning eight centuries.
Towering above them is the Romanesque collegiate church, which houses a famous Ottonian treasure and the graves of King Henry and his wife Mathilde.
From here, the route continues through the Thuringian countryside, past a number of fortresses and historical houses to Eisenach and the mighty Wartburg Castle, which has seen over 900 years of German history and culture – and where Luther laid the foundations of the modern German language with his translation of the Bible.