A varied program invites young and old at Easter to get to know the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Harz Mountains.
The World Heritage Info Box starts the season with a first stop in Altenau. From 4 April, the mobile ambassador will provide information on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Harz Mountains on monitors, pictures and texts on the spa square for guests at Hüttenstrasse 9. “We are very pleased to be able to spice up a little present in Altenau the theme of the World Heritage Site of Upper Harz Water Management and to have acquired an exciting experience in the short term “, says Bettina Beimel, managing director of the Kurbetriebsgesellschaft” Die Oberharzer “mbH, and Katharina Dundler, Team leader tourist information.
The World Heritage Box has been touring through Lower Saxony since September 2019 with the aim of inspiring people to personally visit the monuments and museum facilities in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Harz Mountains. The information box in front of the wellness center can be visited from 4 April to the beginning of May, from Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 18:30 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 to 18:30. Appropriate notices provide information on the hygiene measures to be observed.
Colorful Easter program
In collaboration with the World Heritage Foundation, the Tourist Information also plans a colorful Easter program on the theme of world heritage in Altenau: Thursday 14 April, from 2 pm, there will be crafts on the theme of world heritage in the spa guest center. All the little World Heritage adventurers can cut out and create their own Pochboys and girls after visiting the information box. With the help of the craft sheet, they learn more about the work of miners’ children and how they would have lived as children. Participation is free.
On Good Friday, April 15, culture meets nature on a nine-kilometer hike to the Polsterberger Hubhaus. From 10:00 at the Kurgastzentrum Altenau, guests receive an overview of the world heritage site in the Harz mountains. Then, under the qualified guidance of a World Heritage Guide, you will go directly to the World Heritage Site on site: you will walk through the Upper Harz forest and meadow landscape along the picturesque landscape to the Polsterberger Hubhaus, now a forest inn. In this important system of the Upper Harz water regime, water wheels and pumps pumped water 18 meters higher into the Hirschler and Jägersbleeker ponds.
The rich mines of Dorothea and Caroline needed a lot of water to extract the coveted silver ore from the depths. This easy round trip takes you to the most important “distribution nodes” of the Upper Harz energy management system. In the pump room, past the old art wheel halls, at the Polstertaler pond and numerous ditches, participants learn how water wheels have provided energy for centuries to the silver mines in the Burgstätter mining area. The excursion is suitable for families. The cost is five euros per person, children free. The excursion lasts about two and a half hours.
The World Heritage conclusion of this year’s Easter festival will be an excursion on Easter Monday, April 18, at 2pm, a 12-kilometer hike around Sperberhaier Damm and Große Kolk. The start is at the Kurgastzentrum Altenau. Under the qualified guidance of a world heritage guide, you will go to the Sperberhaier dam, 16 meters high and 950 meters long, built between 1732 and 1734. This is one of the most monumental structures of the Upper Harz water management system . The tour tells about the reasons for the complex construction of this aqueduct, the tasks of the great mopping up and the confluence of the Dammgraben and Morgenbrodtsthaler Graben there. The excursion is suitable for families. The cost is five euros per person, children participate for free.
Activity registration is not required. Other Easter activities such as puppet theater and Easter bonfires in the Upper Harz round off the Easter program. Further information at www.oberharz.de/sommer/veranstaltungen-im-harz/ostern.