Braunlage is a health resort and one of the centres for winter activities in Harz. It is situated in the middle of the nature reserve and next to the Harz National Park at an altitude of 550 meters above sea level. Braunlage is a vibrant city with some small museums, but it is the sports and fitness activities that bring in the crowds. Braunlage is always looking for new ideas and held last year in the snow, the first winter naked sledging event.
Braunlage is well placed for both walking and mountain biking. With access to the witches walk (Hazer Hexen- Stieg), a 97km footpath across the Harz. If you prefer two wheels instead of two feet than Braunlage has access to the vast network of cycle routes across Harz. There are six mountainbike routes all of different levels that start from Braunlage. Hire facilities are available.
If you need a rest from all the activities than a walk around the town with its many shops, restaurants and cafes where you can relax and enjoy home baked cakes and traditional Harz food is welcomed. A stroll around the Kurpark with its small lake which is used at the centre of the witches' festival at the end of April is an ideal place to relax. You can also spend time in the indoor and heated outdoor swimming pool Braunlage or the pool in the Panoramic hotel Hohegeiss.
In winter Braunlage is the place to be. Wurmberg at 917m is one of Germany's oldest winter sports locations, and offers plenty of winter fun. Here you can take five different descents at various levels from mild to the steep Hexenritte (witches way). There are other slopes in the town which are ideal for beginners to learn. If you would rather make the descent with ought skis than try the Wumberg toboggan ran which is 1,500 meter long. The ski jump arena is on top of Wumberg and has a yearly championship,(2009 will see the first woman ski jumping championship of its kind). There are numerous cross county ski trails, all are well signposted. One trail is illuminated which allows you to ski in the evening hours.