Winter fun in the Harz

in North Germany’s largest ski area

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Ice-cold joy of life in Braunlage

Braunlage, Sankt Andreasberg and Hohegeiß form the centre for winter sports in the Harz. The Wurmberg, the highest mountain in Lower Saxony, is the largest and most modern ski area in Northern Germany. You will find perfectly groomed slopes, excellent cross-country trails, kilometres of winter hiking trails and many toboggan runs. Industrious snow cannons, a cable car and chairlifts, as well as friendly Harzer locals, who look forward to the visit of winter sports enthusiasts and ensure a successful stay. With one click you can get detailed information about the different runs, the snow depth and nature, as well as the weather in Braunlage, Hohegeiß and Sankt Andreasberg.


Braunlages winter sports history

  • 1892
    Ein unberührter verschneiter Wald auf dem Wurmberg im Sonnenlicht und tiefblauem Himmel © Andy Hickmann

    Founding of the Braunlage ski club – the oldest ski club in Germany.

  • 1896
    Der obere Abschnitt der Skipiste Hexenritt am Wurmberg ist verschneit und gefüllt mit Skifahrern. An der Seite ist der fahrende Lift zu sehen. © AdobeStock

    Founding of the “Oberharzer Skiclub”

  • 1902
    Ein weisses Auto mit Dachgepäckträger fährt über eine verschneite Straße. Aus dem hinteren Fenster lehnt eine Frau in einer roten Jacke. © AdobeStock

    Construction of a ski and jumping hill at the Kollie.

  • 1907
    Ein verschneiter Wanderweg am Wurmberg. © Tobias Brabanski

    1. Emergence of the ski jumps on the Brockenweg

    2. Construction of a new ski jumping hill on the northeast side of the 971m high Wurmbergkuppe

    3. Creating the toboggan run


  • 1908
    Ein kleines Mädchen sitzt auf schneebedecktem Boden angelehnt an einen Zaun und zieht sich Schlittschuhe an. Im hintergrund scheint die Sonne durch die Bäume. © AdobeStock

    With the creation of the gondola pond ice skating becomes the third winter sport.

© Wurmbergseilbahn GmbH & Co. KG

On the slopes

With a total of six alpine ski areas and around 20 kilometres of slopes, there is a suitable offer for beginners, recreational runners or competitive athletes in Braunlage, Hohegeiß and Sankt Andreasberg. Challenging slopes and excellent cross-country trails await you. Enjoy winter sports in the Harz.


© Thomas Rust

Off track

If you want to experience the mountains in the Harz a little quieter, try one of our winter hikes. Special winter hiking trails, extensive tours through snow-covered Harz forests, torch-lit hikes or on snowshoes, everyone gets their money's worth in front of this wonderful backdrop!

Alternatively, strap on the runners under your feet and explore the ice rink in Braunlage or the natural ice rink in Hohegeiß. The ski bus in Braunlage brings you comfortably and stress-free as quickly and directly as possible to fun in the snow and you save yourself worrying about parking.



© AdobeStock

For the slopes


Fantastic winter weather in the Harz Mountains and you are still missing the right material under your feet? Our numerous rental shops in Braunlage, Hohegeiß and Sankt Andreasberg can help. From downhill and cross-country skis to snowboards and sledges, there is something for everyone. If you need help taming your skis, our ski schools are at your side with help and advice.


Winter sports in Braunlage, Hohegeiß and St. Andreasberg:

  • most modern and largest ski area in northern Germany on the Wurmberg

  • six alpine ski areas with a total of around 20 kilometers of slopes

  • open ice rink in Braunlage

  • Snow tubing facility in St. Andreasberg

  • kilometers of groomed trails (skating trails in Braunlage and St. Andreasberg)

  • Biathlon high performance center Sonnenberg

  • Toboggan slopes in all three locations

  • extensive winter sports brochure with annually updated information

  • cleared winter hiking trails

Zwei Freundinnen verschnaufen im Schnee auf ihrem Schlitten. Sie haben ein GPS Gerät in der Hand und überprüfen ihre Koordinaten.
Flakes dance softly from the sky. Steps squeak happily in the snow. The children are happy as always, by this white sea of magic.

© Monika Minder

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