The Harz Mountains, a wooded, mountainous region in central Germany 183 mi/295 km southwest of Berlin, has inspired many eerie legends and folktales. There are several towns and small villages that could be combined for a nice two- or three-day tour.
Goslar, about 56 mi/90 km southeast of Hannover, is home to a Kaiserpfalz, which was an emperor's residence—a tour of the structure takes about an hour. Goslar also has many medieval timbered homes that are still standing. Near Goslar is the town of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, which has the largest wooden church in Germany.
Wernigerode has a castle, narrow streets, nice views and interesting frame houses. The medieval city of Quedlinburg is a must-see for architecture lovers. The roofs of the city's more than 1,300 half-timbered houses are best seen from the Schlossberg.
Also in the area is the town of Eisleben, where Martin Luther was born. Be sure to visit his parents' home. You can tour the town in a couple of hours.
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