Protected mountain meadows, steep slopes and challenging hiking trails – Sankt Andreasberg is the easternmost and highest of the seven mountain towns in the Harz Mountains. She lets outdoor fans get their money’s worth.
Silver mining centre and recreational spa
The origins of Sankt Andreasberg lie in the 12th century and are connected with the settlement activity of the monastery Walkenried. Since the 15th century it has developed into a centre of silver mining. In 1535 the mining town was officially elevated to the status of a town, as evidenced by the numerous colourful miners’ cottages. And the growing city also enjoyed another success, because in the 1530s it became the first mint of the mountain towns of the Oberharz with the Andreastaler. In the late modern period tourism increased steadily, also in the breeding of canaries the inhabitants were very active. Today, nature lovers and those seeking relaxation are the main visitors to the spa, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2011.
Sankt Andreasberg – Hiking in the Old Town
If you want to discover the traditional town in the Harz nature park, follow the Dr.-Willi-Bergmann-Straße to the church square, where you can visit the St. Martin’s church in classicist style. Turning left, you follow the steepest inner-city road of the Harz mountains, the Herrenstraße, downhill to the chapel St. Bernward. In the restaurant you can relax and strengthen yourself before the city walk continues to the market, the nucleus of the city and the location of a protected group of chestnut trees, and for nature lovers to the National Parkhouse.
Much more than a winter sports paradise – an Eldorado for hikers
Sankt Andreasberg is considered next to Braunlage as centre of winter sports. But also for every other interest there is a lot on offer, for example a summer toboggan run and of course a well-developed network of hiking trails through protected habitats. For the start there is the Kurhaus, from where several marked paths lead into the surroundings. For example, it is possible to walk past varied forests, light passages and small upland moor areas along the Rehberger Grabens, a sophisticated 17th century hydraulic engineering art, to the Oderteich. The lake is one of the first reservoirs in Europe. On the half-day hike you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Hahnenkleeklippen, mountain panoramas and lush nature with a rich geological past.