Altenau at an altitude of 460m above sea level it is nestled in the beautiful Harz Mountains. It is situated in a region known as the Upper Harz and is one of the youngest of the seven Upper Harz mountain towns and received city rights in 1617. The Brocken is about 12km east from Altenau. Today Altenau is a holiday resort with a therapeutic climate. It attracts year round tourists, who take advantage of the healthy air and the many wellness activities in and around Altenau, and it is also the starting point for many hikes across the Harz.
The Herb Park opened in 2004 and is the largest herb park in Germany. It is a treat for your senses as you can smell and touch the herbs and spices. The unique combinations of herbs, spices and fruits they have developed will raise a smile. You will not believe how many different types of mint can be produced; the pineapple and lavender mint is very intense. It will certainly open your eyes to different combinations and if you like cooking, there is inspiration to try something new. You can see how the special mixtures are made. And if you want to take some home, you can buy seeds or order the herbs and spices online.
The newly opened Crystal-Therme is a great addition to the many wellness offers in Altenau and it is a unique asset for the region. It offers the perfect escape from everyday life where you can enjoy saunas, hot spas and massage treatments. Set in a picturesque landscape with its healthy climate, clean air and thermal spas, you can cleanse your body and soul. Please be aware that you can enjoy the facilities with or without bathing suits. It will be a new and pleasant experience not to be missed!
Another way to enjoy herbs and plants during a visit to Altenau is to visit the private brewery. It is the only remaining brewery in the Upper Harz. Tours and tastings can be arranged via the tourist office. In Altenau you have the choice of sports facilities; for the winter time there is cross-country skiing, alpine-skiing, snowboarding and toboggan runs. In summer you can enjoy a swim at the Okerteich forest swimming pool or take part in a guided tour through the National Park and the surroundings of Altenau.