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Braunlage is a town located in the Goslar region of the southern Harz mountains. Records show that Braunlage existed as a small mining community as early as 1250, and expanded slowly over the centuries. One of the oldest buildings still standing today is the Ironworks building from 1658 which is now the Harz Hotel Altes Forsthaus. In the 17th Centure Braunlage gained Market town rights and by the end of the 19th Century, with the development of the Southern Harz Railway line, Lumber and Quarrying became an important economic factor for the region. The granite quarry based on the Wurmberg mountain, the second highest in the Harz, was still in production up until 1974. The Wurmbergseilbahn, or Gondola, completed in 1965, links Braunlage with the Wurmberg covering a length of 2.8Km and rising 400m, the longest in northern Germany. The Gondola was renovated completely in 2001 and operates 6 person cabins for up to 900 persons per hour. Brunlage offers skiiers and tobogganers plentiful sport in the winter months. Braunlage, like many towns in the former border zone, suffered economically from the cancellation of the zone subsidy and the opening of the eastern Harz as competion. In november 2011, as a cost saving measure, the town administration merged with that of St. Andreasberg.*Braunlage Tourist Office, Braunlage Tourismus GmbH Elbingeröder Straße 17, ☎ 05520 93070, .
Braunlage can be reached by road using the B4 from Braunschweig or the B27 linking to the east. There is good parking on the outside of the town, but it does tend to reach capacity quickly, especially in winter during the high season when the weather is good.
Public Busses connect with Braunlage from Bad Harzburg, Bad Sachsa, Sankt Andreasberg and Walkenried.
The town's main business is tourism.
In summer it is popular with hikers and is also an excellent location for mountain biking. Its main attraction in winter is skiing. It is located close to the popular ski resorts of Sonnenburg & Wurmberg.
Braunlage is also a 'spa' town.