The romantic town of Bad Sachsa lies at the foot of Mount Ravensberg (659m), in the district of Osterode nestled between five valleys which help to give it its mild climate. It is 15km south of Braunlage, and 25km away from Osterode am Harz. Because of its mild climate Bad Sachsa is well known as an ideal health resort. The town is surrounded by meadows, fir forest and unspoilt nature. Bad Sachsa has well kept houses and many villas with timber frame facades.
Historically Bad Sachsa gained its status as a Bad town in 1905 and became a wealthy town due to the mining industry within the Harz. Many land owners built impressive villas here. During the war Bad Sachsa was the place that the Von Stauffenberg children were sent after the failed attempt to kill Hitler. Bad Sachsa is not only a fantastic base to go hiking from, it offers tennis courts, mini golf, boating lake as well as the "Salztalparadies" an indoor swimming complex with wave machines, fun slides, saunas, steam rooms, plus indoor tennis courts, bowling alleys and an ice rink (October - April). It has some small but fine museums and a varied programme of concert and theatre productions.
In the winter Bad Sachsa offers excellent downhill skiing from Mount Ravensberg which has three ski lifts and many cross-country trails to follow. It offers skiing classes for all levels and is a great place for families with children, who are on skies for the first time. The beginners downhill piste offers a good training ground. Once they are confident, they can select more difficult routes. You can hire skies, boots, helmets, goggles and even sledges in the Kurpark. The cost is on average, 10 euros for children and 15 euros for adults for the day. You can also do sledging and snowboarding here as well as night skiing.
And in summer you can enjoy the sunshine and cool up in the Lidos or the nature lakes. There is an outdoor Lido in Wieda, which is clean and refreshing. A family ticket cost 5.00 euro.
Zorge, about 20 minutes drive from Bad Sachsa has a great Lido too. The pool is heated and you can practice your jumps from the 1 and 3 meter jumping tower. There is a separate non swimmers and baby pool. The Lido is situated at the other end of this town, so drive all the way through and then it is on your right (also sign posted). The Prior Teich (Prior Lake) is just outside Bad Sachsa off the main road. Take the L604 towards Wieda. Once you leave Bad Sachsa it is 2 minutes by car on your right. We also recommend to cycle. There is a cycle path all the way to the lake. It takes you about 20 minutes from Bad Sachsa centre. The lake is situated in a beautiful nature setting; it is very clean and ideal for swimming. During the day you have a life guard and a small kiosk there. The entrance fee is 75 cent for children and 1.50euro for adults.
Near the Prior Teich you have the ruins from the old Sachsen Castle. The castle was built on the Sachsenstein (Sachsenstone) around 1070 for the German Kaiser "Heinrich IV". Today there is not much left, but still a very nice destination for walks or cycle tours.