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The town of Osterode am Harz is located on the south-western edge of the Harz Mountains, nestled between the sunny Lerbach Valley, the village of Riefensbeek-Kamschlacken and the South Harz Karst Mountains, and is known nationwide as a town of half-timbered houses. The historic town also boasts a beautiful forest landscape as a starting point for hikes and excursions, as well as a distinctive town and cultural history. Just by looking at the town of Osterode, you can get a sense of its extensive history at a glance thanks to the half-timbered houses lined up in the old town, St Aegidien's Church and the ruins of the old Welfenburg castle.

The town of Osterode is a particularly popular holiday destination for hikers and nature lovers, as it is considered the gateway to the Harz Mountains and its long-distance hiking trails. The "Harzer Hexen-Stieg" to Thale, the "Harzer Försterstieg" past the Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft to Goslar and the Karstwanderweg, which leads around the entire Harz Mountains, are all in the immediate vicinity. The so-called "Harzer BaudenSteig", on the other hand, leads along many forest inns and mountain inns, the so-called Harzer Bauden, to Walkenried. Not only hikers, but also cyclists, mountain bikers and motorcyclists get their money's worth in Osterode and the surrounding area, as both motorbike and mountain bike trails of varying difficulty are right on the doorstep.

If you want to relax after a hike or an excursion, there are numerous restaurants, cafés, pubs and shops in the midst of the half-timbered houses in the idyllic town centre. If you want, you can also stroll through the weekly market on the Kornmarkt every Tuesday and Saturday morning. The historic town of Osterode in the sunny southern Harz region with its natural and diverse surroundings offers holidaymakers and tourists a variety of relaxing experiences.

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Altitude220m above sea level
Area102.54 km²
Population21,446 (Dec. 2020)
Motor vehicle.GÖ, DUD, HMÜ, OHA

Osterode was first mentioned in documents in 1228 as Ostoron. Osterode was granted town privileges by Emperor Henry VII on 1 July 1310. From the 16th century, the town belonged to the Principality of Brunswick-Lüneburg and was the residence of a collateral line of the House of Lüneburg, the so-called Dukes of Grubenhagen and, from 1705, the Electors of Hanover. On 30 March 1807, the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg was incorporated into the Kingdom of Prussia by the Treaty of Teschen. Osterode became the capital and residential town of the district of Osterode, which was founded in 1808. In the course of the administrative reforms in Prussia, the district of Osterode was dissolved on 1 October 1885 and the district area of the former Amt Osterode was assigned to the town of Osterode. From 1 April 1938, the town belonged to the district of Goslar. After the Second World War, Osterode became part of the district of Göttingen on 5 November 1946 as part of the territorial reform in Lower Saxony, which in turn was incorporated into the district of Goslar on 1 November 1978. In the years that followed, several districts were incorporated so that Osterode now consists of 19 districts. Today, Osterode is the largest town in the district of Goslar and is one of its four district towns.

37520 Dorste
37520 Düna
37520 Förste
37520 Freiheit
37520 Katzenstein
37520 Lasfelde
37520 Lerbach
37520 Marke
37520 Nienstedt
37520 Petershütte
37520 Riefensbeek-Kamschlacken
37520 Schwiegershausen
37520 Ührde

Eisensteinstraße 1
37520 Osterode am Harz

E-Mail: internet@osterode.de
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