Harz National Park known in German as Nationalparkverwaltung Harz is located at the border of three provinces in central Germany. The National Park is mostly forested – Upper Harz is covered by coniferous forests, Lower Harz, on the contrary, mostly by deciduous forests (originally the area was divided into two national parks). Above the upper limit of the forest, at an altitude of about 1100 meters above sea level, you can see scree, alpine meadows and bogs. Harz National park has been established in 2006 and covers an area of 247 square kilometres.
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Once planning your trip to Harz National Park, beware of the cooler and rainy mountains – although this is not a high mountain range, but due to its geographical location is under constant onslaught of moist ocean air from the North Sea. Local climate is therefore similar to high mountains, reaching the altitude of about 2,000 metres above sea level. Be also prepared for a huge number of tourists, Harz National Park is one of the most visited places in Germany.
Among the most beautiful places to visit are Rübeland cave, the highest peak of national park – Brocken (1,141 m) which is also the highest peak of Northern Germany, Hohneklippen crags, Eckerstausee lake, Falkenstein Castle, Harzgerode Castle, hill top resort of Sankt Andreasberg, or saltwater spa and climatic health resort of Bad Harzburg.
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The management of national park: Nationalparkverwaltung Harz, Lindenallee 35, D 38855 Wernigerode, Deutschland
Official Website: nationalpark-harz.de
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