Sports and climatic health resort in the heart of the Harz

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Enjoy diversity in the heart of the Harz

As a sports and climatic health resort, we offer active holidaymakers a bike park for mountain bikers, kilometre-long hikes of varying degrees of difficulty or a ride on a monster scooter. In winter, thanks to large investments in artificial snowmaking, we can offer you a more successful and longer season on the numerous slopes and toboggan runs. In addition, Braunlage is surrounded by numerous cross-country ski trails and a visit to the ice stadium for skating or an ice hockey game is always worthwhile.

If you want to take it a little easier, our centre has a family-friendly adventure golf course and an indoor swimming pool. The large spa park with duck pond and mountain garden invites you to linger, while a varied programme of events in the spa centre complements your holiday. In the centre, shops and restaurants line up and invite you to stroll around.

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The world is a book. If you never travel, you only see one side of it.

Augustinus Aurelius



550 m

Minimum height above sea level

971 m

Maximum height above sea level


Origin of the town Braunlage

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Did you know. . .?

In 1679, the first chronicler of our village, the judge Johann Bernhard Fricke, dealt with the origin of the name Braunlage.
There are several interpretations of the name Braunlage:

Duke Bruno was pursuing the Hessians and Cattans when he heard that the enemies were in the Harz Forest, he went to meet them and settled with the warriors at the ironworks, calling the place Castra Brunois or Bruno’s camp.
It is also said that a brown horse died at the beginning of the ironworks and remained lying there. They then said "where the Brune lay", which became Braunlage.

The third interpretation is the story of a captured brown lion from which Braunlauwe originated and which was also reported by old letters and documents in the royal chancellery of Blankenburg.

The explanation of the historian Eduad Jacobs, who translates Braunlage as "brown forest", is probably correct. "la" or "loh" is the old German name for forest, so that Brunla, Brunelo (first documented mention in a Goslar document in 1227) means brown forest.
Tourism developed from 1882 onwards, when Braunlage joined the ranks of German health resorts and began its rise as a winter sports centre. A year later, the spa committee was established and the Harzklub branch association was founded, which is still in charge of signposting the hiking trails around Braunlage today.

[Translate to Englisch:] zu sehen ist ein schwarz weiß Bild fotografiert von einer höher gelegenen Wiese. im Vordergrund sieht man Häuser der Stadt Braunlage und im Hintergrund ist der Wurmberg mit seiner Schanze zu sehen
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[Translate to Englisch:] zu sehen ist ein farbiges Bild fotografiert von einer höher gelegenen Wiese. im Vordergrund sieht man Häuser der Stadt Braunlage und im Hintergrund ist der Wurmberg mit seiner Schanze zu sehen
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