Explore Saxony-Anhalt and the Harz Magdeburg The Altmark Dessau Lutherstadt Wittenberg Halle Naumburg and around Lutherstadt Eisleben Quedlinburg The Harz mountains Goslar Share The rather nondescript little town of BRAUNLAGE sits in a beautiful location in a cradle of hills that include the Wurmberg (971m), the Harz’s second-highest peak, whose regular snow has made it a reasonable small ski resort – with Germany’s longest cable-car. But it’s often off-puttingly busy at weekends and, in marginal winters, often slushy around its base. At these times, the better option is to repair to the excellent network of cross-country skiing trails on the rolling hills about town, or mess around on a toboggan – and there are good runs both on the Wurmberg and in town for this – look for signs to the Rodelbahn. Gear for all these winter activities is readily available in town: expect to pay around €20 for a ski or snowboard setup. Braunlage is also a popular summer base for hikers and bikers, and the tourist office publishes useful free brochures on the local trail network.