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The '''Harz''' [http://www.nationalpark-harz.de/en/] is a low mountain range in the Central Uplands of [[Germany]], famous for its historic silver mines that brought prosperity to the region and to the Kingdom of Hanover. The Harz forms part of the federal states of [[Lower Saxony]], [[Saxony-Anhalt]] and [[Thuringia]].
It lies between the river Elbe and Weser in the states of [[Lower Saxony]], [[Saxony-Anhalt]] and, to a small extent, [[Thuringia]]. The range runs for sixty miles from northwest to southeast and is 20 miles wide. The terraced plateaus are made of limestone, sandstone and slate and have been cut by many narrow, deep valleys. The two highest peaks in the area are the legendary and mysterious Brocken (1,141 metres or 3,743 feet high) - just higher than [[Snowdon]] - and the Wurmberg (971 metres or 3,186 feet high), both of which are made of granite. The higher, northwestern area is known as the Upper Harz (''Oberharz'') and the lower, southeastern area is the Lower Harz (''Unterharz''). The highest mountains - around the Brocken - are sometimes called the High Harz (''Hochharz'').
The Harz is divided into 2 main regions:
* [[Bad Harzburg]] — charming spa town, ancient cable car and base for walks in the surrounding hills
* [[Blankenburg]] — quaint former East German town and home to an imposing castle
* [[Braunlage]] — the main ski resort and cable car to Lower Saxony's highest peak, the Wurmberg
* [[Clausthal-Zellerfeld]] — a resort in the Harz Mts; its manufactures include textiles and wood products; the town was once a centre for the mining of copper, zinc, and lead ores
* [[Goslar]] — gateway to the Harz
* [[Quedlinburg]] — its beautiful town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
* [[Sankt Andreasberg]] — former mining town