In many places of the Harz Mountains you can walk on the tracks of the medieval rulers and explore cities with history. The path of the German emperors and kings is ideally suited for this. Harz Germany: on the trail of the history of kings and princes.
Wernigerode – Start and finish on the Kaiserweg
The road network of emperors and kings dates back to the time of the Carolingians and was laid out in the course of ore mining. Today you can hike along wooded hollow paths to imperial castles and monasteries, immerse yourself in the Middle Ages and enjoy unique scenic views at the same time.
The Harz Germany – Quedlinburg, seat of the kings
In the half-timbered town Quedlinburg it is not possible at all to miss the evidence of early medieval kings. Cause she’s full of them. He himself did not directly leave behind any architectural traces. Nevertheless, the Saxon Duke and East Franconian King Heinrich I from the noble family of the Luidolfingers is still present today around the half-timbered splendour. He established at the feet of the later Stiftsberg a palace surrounded by the free courts of his ministries. And Heinrich was efficient, he also had a royal court with a chapel built on the area of the later Romanesque Wipertikirche. Above all at Easter, Heinrich and his Ottonian and Salian successors visited the fortified palace complex, which represented an important centre of imperial policy from the 10th to the 12th century. The Palatinate experienced great court days under Otto I. in 973 and Otto III. in 1000. And these two rulers are of enormous importance for German history, because among them the Holy Roman Empire emerged from the East Franconian.
Goslar – probably the most famous Palatinate town of the Middle Ages
If you like, you can start the historical path in Goslar and march from there to Kyffhäusergebirge. It was the Ottonian Emperor Henry II who made the Palatinate a central political centre of the emerging Holy Roman Empire in 1009. Power then passed to the Salian nobility. Konrad II. recognised the potential of the town on the Rammelsberg which was developing as a result of the ore mining and further extended the Palatinate in the 1030s and 1040s – the Saalgebäude thus became the largest secular building of the 11th century in Germany. Under Henry III Goslar was finally a centre of the empire. He left his heart in Goslar, it is still preserved today in the St.-Ulrichs-Kapelle next to the Palatinate. Until the reign of the Staufer Friedrich I. Barbarossa, the Palatinate remained the preferred place for the mobile exercise of power by the medieval rulers.
The Harz Mountains Germany – Discovering the cultural-historical landscape
The Harz Mountains offer a variety of historical sites for the attentive hiker. An expert group from the region has set itself the task of making everything worth knowing about the numerous stays of the Roman-German regents available and making it possible to experience them on hiking routes. We are continuously working on providing a special hiking experience for history fans between unspoilt nature and historical places. On mountain ridges and an old trade route across the Harz mountains – the Kaiserweg follows in the footsteps of the rulers and turns every hike into a journey through time.
This might interest you: Historical guided tours through the old towns of Blankenburg and Quedlinburg can be found in our event calendar.