Harzer Schmalspurbahnen - Steam Museum

Harzer Schmalspurbahnen - Steam Museum
Harzer Schmalspurbahnen - Steam Museum

Harzer Schmalspurbahnen - Steam Museum

The smell is characteristic, small particles of coal swirl through the air, clouds of steam curl into the sky, a shrill whistle sounds - the Harz narrow-gauge railways exert an almost magical fascination. The historic steam locomotives curve through the Harz mountains like a rolling museum of technology. The oldest of the 25 steam locomotives, a Mallet articulated locomotive, has more than 120 years on its boiler. It's been even longer since the first tracks were laid in the Harz. Actually, horse-drawn carriages were enough back then. But the railway was on the advance, and a railway connection for the Harz was intended not only to boost the economy but also tourism. After all, comfort on journeys was important even back then. The idea: Wernigerode was to be connected to the railway line from Nordhausen to Erfurt. But this was not so easy because of the difficult terrain in the Harz Mountains. A track gauge of 1,000 mm was chosen because it was easier to lay the rails through the Harz forests and it was also cheaper. After three years of construction, the line was finished in 1899: around 80 kilometres of track across the Harz Mountains to the Brocken with one of Germany's highest stations at 1125 metres.

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Museum tour for children's groups

Museum tour for children's groups

Children's programme at the Spengler Museum. A Spengler Museum employee introduces the museum to the children and accompanies them on a tour of the house.
Children's programme: Washing day with the Spengler family

Children's programme: Washing day with the Spengler family

Children's programme in the Spengler Museum. To set the mood, the Spengler family is introduced and the course of a washing day 100 years ago is described.
Children's programme: Sangerhausen in the Middle Ages

Children's programme: Sangerhausen in the Middle Ages

Children's programme at the Spengler Museum. On a tour of the museum we look at all the objects exhibited on the theme of the Middle Ages.
Children's Programme: Stone Age

Children's Programme: Stone Age

Children's programme at the Spengler Museum. The guided tour begins in the Ice Age and introduces the mammoth skeleton from Edersleben and the Palaeolithic hunters from Bilzingsleben.
Children's programme: Old children's game

Children's programme: Old children's game

Children's programme at the Spengler Museum. In a guided tour through the Spengler Museum, the children experience that people lived differently in the past than they do today.
Children's programme: With slate and quill pen

Children's programme: With slate and quill pen

Children's programme at the Spengler Museum. Learning to write like 100 years ago.
Children's programme: Mammoth crafting

Children's programme: Mammoth crafting

Children's programme at the Spengler Museum. In a guided tour of the Spengler Museum, the children learn about the mammoth skeleton.
Children's Programme 1: Museum Rally

Children's Programme 1: Museum Rally

Children's programme at the Spengler Museum. The children explore the whole museum independently to answer the questions on the rally sheet.
Spengler Museum

Spengler Museum

The Spengler Museum is the regional museum for Sangerhausen and the surrounding area.
Spengler House

Spengler House

The Spengler House was the home of Gustav Adolf Spengler, master carpenter, local historian and mammoth excavator from Sangerhausen, and his family.
Sondershausen Residence Palace

Sondershausen Residence Palace

The four-winged Renaissance castle with its extensive park towers over the market square of Sondershausen.
Panorama Museum - Bad Frankenhausen

Panorama Museum - Bad Frankenhausen

The colour palette seems endless, a world of its own encloses the visitors, whose diversity and depth of detail is sheer overwhelming.
Nordhäuser Traditional Distillery

Nordhäuser Traditional Distillery

Like Henriette, the Nordbrand mascot, the people of Nordhausen have been choosing the "right" grain for their schnapps for over 500 years
Royal Palace Tilleda

Royal Palace Tilleda

Medieval traces dug deep into the fertile soil of the Golden Aue fascinate visitors in the region on the eastern shore of the Kelbra reservoir.
Allstedt Castle & Palace

Allstedt Castle & Palace

For over 250 years, the imperial palace of Allstedt Castle was one of the most important political centres of the Holy Roman Empire.

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