What comes to mind when hear Germany? Schnitzel, lederhosen, pretzels, beer, BMW, or maybe even….nah I won’t go there. Most people don’t immediately think Germany:Mountains, despite the fact that the Alps run East to West along virtually the entire Southern border (I think Switzerland and France steal some of the limelight from Germany and Italy). Anyway, we’re all familiar with the alps. But tucked away in Northern Germany lies the less known, less traveled, small, but magical mountain range known as Harz (pronounced Harts). If a German vacation is on your bucket list we suggest spend a couple of days in Harz. You’re not far from Berlin or the big mountains of Poland.
Once you enter the park the entire drive is gorgeous
If your like me, you typically arrive at your campsite at night after work. So all the great driving views were a pleasant surprise on the way home.
Save some money for the fun stuff and sleep in your rental car (or stay at one of the really cool cabins pictured below, we chose the former)
Any decent winter bag is perfect for getting you through the night comfortably. We set up camp in our small Ford Focus hatchback, and in the morning brewed fresh coffee with my trusty Stanley camping french press (check it out). My 32 degree REI flash worked great for car camping. Although, if you have room for an extra blanket it wouldn’t hurt.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING WITH YOUR DOG.
I didn’t have my dog with me, but this definitely made me wish she was romping around having the time of her life in the snow. Just let this be an inspiration to bring your pup on your next adventure.
Harz truly is a winter wonderland.
The above picture is a frozen lake on the North Central end of the park. While the Harz area is known for cross-country skiing, it also has downhill slopes (although small, there is nice powder and the prices are low). All of the trails are open to mountain / cross biking and trail running. So if you plan on a German or European holiday in the near future make Harz part of your itinerary!