Clausthal-Zellerfeld is situated in the Oberharz. It is the largest town of the Oberharz community with an altitude of 535m. It is great for winter activities as well as walking and mountain biking during the rest of the year. Clausthal has a well known University "Aula Academica". It has a picturesque low mountain range landscape with crystal clear waters in more than 60 ponds and flowering meadows
Clausthal-Zellerfeld consists of two towns: Clausthal and Zellerfeld. The towns were merged in 1924. Buntenbock was added in 1972 it has 700 residents and is about 3 km south of Clausthal
The University was opened in 1775 and used to be a school for children and a centre for mining apprentices. In 1864 it was established as a Mining Academy, and also taught physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering. Today the University has about 3000 students.
Clausthal's focus is on university life and the business world, where as Zellerfeld is the tourist centre of the city. The "culture mile" is worth a visit- the St. Salvatoris church with a famous altarpiece by Werner Tübke, the Upper Harz Mining Museum, Kunsthandwerkerhof the former mint. Also every Thursday evening from May to October there is the Zellerfelder popular farmers market. The town offers free parking on Adolph-Roemer-Straße in Clausthal just a stroll through a variety of retail outlets. The houses in the town are built in the style of the typical upper Harz, which are a good photo opportunity. In the town you can buy various local specialities, such as meat and sausages. Why not try the Harzer witch bread (confectionery Meier), which is produced only in Clausthal-Zellerfeld or the Clausthal Elixir (rats pharmacy).
Both parts of the city have some beautiful historic buildings. In Clausthal is the Market Church "To the Holy Spirit". The original church was destroyed by fire in 1634. It was replaced with a wooden church, which was completed in 1642. It is now the largest wooden church in Germany and can seat up to 2200 people and boasts a massive organ and a great altar. In the south-western corner you can find an alabaster carving of the story of Christ. In Zellerfeld, you can find many craftsman's houses, which have been rebuilt after the fire in 1672. One of the main crafts was the production of silver and gold coins. Special laboratories were designed and built to separate the gold . In 1978 it was converted into a glass-blower craftsman shop. Today you can watch the old traditional craftsmen close up and discover how the glass is blown.
- Wildemann - Wildemann is a town in the district of Goslar. It is northwest of Clausthal-Zellerfeld. The pretty Resort owes its name to the old legend of the "wild man" who was though to live in a cave in the forest. There is now a bronze statue to commemorate the tale. You can visit its mining nuseum with 19 tunnels or try out one of its many hiking trails set in quiet valleys, brooks and local pools where you can fish or bathe. In the Winter you can try out the 800mtr toboggan run.
- Bad Grund - This town is found in a romantic valley, surrounded by forests. It is the oldest of the upper Harz mining towns. You can enjoy the lovely timber buildings in the town or visit the historic iberg dripstone cave which had inhabitants over 3000 yrs ago. It has a cross mountain trail,and in the winter a cross-country skiing track in two parts which is above bad reason, starting at the Taternplatz. Slopes for tobogganing runs are found above the village.
- Badenhausen - This is a district of Bad Grund. On the edge of the town is ruins of the Pagenberg an old fortress, the Hindenburg, also called giant castle that was built by the Count of Katlenburg in 1080. In the public park there is a playground sepcially designed to interest everyone across the generations. There is also a large sawmill which entered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest sawn wood sheets in the world!