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Bad Harzburg is a town in the Harz Mountains of central Germany.
Bad Harzburg is a small spa town nestled in the foothills on the northern edge of the Harz. It is named after a former imperial castle, the Harzburg, which used to stand proud on the heights above the town, but is now a ruin with just a few walls and ramparts remaining. The town itself caters largely for residents taking the "cure" as well as tourists - especially ramblers and cyclists - visiting the Harz. As a result, the centre is a pedestrian zone with small shops and timber-framed houses, surrounded by sprawling suburbs - a mix of impressive timber-framed residences and functional modern buildings.
Bad Harzburg is a great base for exploring the northern Harz. There is an 80-year old cable car to the Harzburg above the town called the Harzbergbahn. Once on the top, there is a network of easy walking trails and numerous sights within striking distance including the Lynx Enclosure near the Rabenklippe crags and several outstanding viewing points over the surrounding area.
The best place to park is the huge free car park on the B 4 just south of the town. From there it is about 5 minutes walk to the information centre and the foot of the cable car and another 5 minutes walk into town through the spa park. There is parking outside the information centre, but it is fee-paying and visitors are limited to a maximum of 4 hours.
The pedestrian precinct is an easy stroll.