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Mining Town Sankt Andreasberg

Climatic health resort with mining history

Mining Town Sankt Andreasberg

UNESCO World Heritage, Mining Town, Adventure Land

Enjoy nature and discover history – The highest mountain town in the Harz is known for its mining tradition, their colourful mountain meadows and relaxing holidays in the middle of the mountains.

An incomparable speciality is the mining history which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Harz Water Management. The world’s most important pre-industrial water management system in mining is brought to life and can be experienced here both underground and above ground. Families can also discover nature together with the rangers of the Harz National Park or treat themselves to a full load of adrenaline in the paintball facility, the high ropes course or at the laser tag.

Fun is guaranteed all year round by the fast rides on the summer toboggan run or in winter on the snow tubing facility.  Nature, culture and science can be experienced in the highest observatory in northern Germany.  What is special about this location is that it gets very dark at night, so that the Milky Way or even the Andromeda Galaxy can be seen with the naked eye on many days of the year.

 Active holidaymakers can find challenges in Sankt Andreasberg at any time of the year: With well-signposted hiking trails, it offers some steep climbs, tricky trails and the bike park for mountain bikers in summer. In winter, there are many easy and sporty cross-country trails and slopes on the Matthias-Schmidt-Berg and nearby Sonnenberg are at your disposal.

eine Illustration von Schlägel und Eisen
"Glück Auf"



500 m

Minimum height above sea level

720 m

Maximum height above sea level


First documented mention of "sanct andrews berges"

© Harzluft

Did you know...?

The history of the mining town of Sankt Andreasberg is of course closely linked to the mining history of the town.  Over four centuries, the population lived almost exclusively from mining.

The Rehberger Graben has been carrying the Oder water into the mountain town for more than 300 years and because of this around 90% of the town can be supplied with electricity from hydropower today. At least locally, the energy turnaround has already been achieved. So we still benefit from our mining past.

 With the appointment of Sankt Andreasberg as a spa town in 1866, tourism in the mountain town also developed.  Spruce needle and herbal baths were offered.

 In 1951 the mining museum Grube Samson was opened. The historical “driving art” (lift system) are still used today to bring technicians to the turbines installed at depths of 130 and 190 metres.

Zusehen ist die Stadtansicht von Sankt Andreasberg. Das Bild hat einen gelblichen Filter.
© Harzluft
Eingang zur Grube Samson unter Tage rechts. Links ist das Museumsgebäude zu sehen. In der Mitte steht eine Lore.
© Raymond Faure

Activities in Sankt Andreasberg

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