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Braunlage museums

more than dusty history

Once upon a time...

Do you want to gain an insight into the past? A visit to our local history and FIS ski museum in Braunlage is guaranteed to be worthwhile, here you will find exciting stories about winter sports in the Harz.  In Hohegeiß, the local history museum is housed in the oldest house and reflects the history of the village. As an addition to the Samson mine in Sankt Andreasberg, discover the world of the Harz roller canaries in the Gaipel and be taken back at least 130 years.


Heimat- und FIS-Skimuseum


Oberförster Artur Ullrichs ist es zu verdanken, dass Braunlage heute der führende Wintersport-Ort im Harz ist. Eine Holzfigur von ihm soll daran erinnern und steht im Außenbereich des Heimat- und Skimuseums.
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Hear exciting stories about the town of Braunlage and learn how skiing came to the Harz!

Our extensive collection on the history of winter sports in the Harz has even led to our museum being recognised as an FIS Ski Museum (FIS = "Fédération Internationale de Ski) by the International Ski Federation.
It is thanks to head forester Artur Ullrichs that Braunlage is now the leading winter sports resort in the Harz, that three modern ski jumps are available in summer and winter and that the WSV-Braunlage has still been very active in Braunlage since 1892.

Heimatmuseum "Alte Pfarre"


Zusehen ist der Geißbock von Hohegeiß.
© Siegfried Richter

Wide floorboards, as they can no longer be found in any hardware store today, an old smokehouse and also the old laundry room are still preserved.
A half-timbered house has been fitted with a glass pane during renovation work, so that you can see how it was built at that time.

In the rooms there are furniture and tools from past centuries and in the "Guten Stube" you can even get married in a civil ceremony.



Harzer Roller-Kanarien-Museum

St. Andreasberg

Drei Kanarienvögel sitzen auf ihrer Holzstange im Käfig
© Jochen Klähn

The canary had a special significance for the miners, as it was an "alarm system" underground when oxygen became scarce. In St. Andreasberg, canary breeding was an important industry in the 19th century, and it was even exported to New York.

In the town, a memorial commemorates Wilhelm Trute (Heinrich Friedrich), who died in 1889. His passion was canary breeding and he is buried in the cemetery in St. Andreasberg.

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