GEOPARK HARZ BRAUNSCHWEIGER LAND OSTFALEN (Germany)
The geopark is located in Northern Germany and encloses the Harz Mountains and the northern situated "Braunschweiger Land" up to the Flechtingen Ridge.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
The Harz Mountains are composed of paleozoic sediments and magmatic rocks. They have been extensively documented over the past 1,000 years in historical accounts of mining and research. The Braunschweiger-Land/Ostfalen area offers fossil-rich sediments of the Mesozoic and Neozoic eras. A unique landscape with numerous deposits (iron ore, brown coal, salt, oil) came about here as a result of the elevation of salt structures. The cultural history of the region with its renowned monuments, including the world heritage of Goslar and Quedlinburg is closely linked to the geological characteristics of the landscape.
Additionally, the region contains important sites in early human history such as prehistoric graves. Neanderthal remains and the world’s oldest spears, the Schöningen Spears, have been excavated nearby.
Nowadays, the Harz Mountains belong to the five most famous tourist destinations of Germany. The main attraction is the Brocken mountain (1,141 m). In addition there are also visitor’s mines, caves and museums, for example the world cultural heritage site of Rammelsberg. On numerous geo-trails and nature paths and at geopoints, visitors can experience the attractions of our geopark either independently or under the guidance of trained personnel. For this purpose, information booklets and leaflets are available, for example the "Landmarks", which give an overview of the geopark region. In co-operation with museums and schools, special educational activities are continuously being developed.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States