Braunlage

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Braunlage
Braunlage about 1900
Braunlage about 1900
Coat of arms of Braunlage
Coat of arms
Braunlage   is located in Germany
Braunlage
Braunlage
Coordinates: 51°43′37″N 10°36′43″E / 51.72694°N 10.61194°E / 51.72694; 10.61194Coordinates: 51°43′37″N 10°36′43″E / 51.72694°N 10.61194°E / 51.72694; 10.61194
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Goslar
Subdivisions 3 districts
Government
 • Mayor Stefan Grote (SPD)
Area
 • Total 31.55 km2 (12.18 sq mi)
Elevation 560 m (1,840 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,082
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 38700
Dialling codes 05520
Vehicle registration GS, BRL, CLZ
Website www.braunlage.org

Braunlage is a town and health resort in the Goslar district in Lower Saxony in Germany. It lies within the Harz mountain range, south of the Brocken. Nowadays Braunlage's main business is tourism, particularly ski tourists. Good ski resorts nearby are the Sonnenberg and the slopes on the Wurmberg.

Geography[edit]

The town consists of three districts:

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Braunlage
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.9
(57)
15.1
(59.2)
19.8
(67.6)
25.9
(78.6)
28.1
(82.6)
30.8
(87.4)
32.6
(90.7)
32.8
(91)
30.3
(86.5)
24.3
(75.7)
18.8
(65.8)
14.1
(57.4)
32.8
(91)
Average high °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
2.5
(36.5)
4.8
(40.6)
9.4
(48.9)
14.3
(57.7)
17.5
(63.5)
19.0
(66.2)
18.7
(65.7)
15.7
(60.3)
10.2
(50.4)
4.4
(39.9)
1.1
(34)
9.78
(49.6)
Average low °C (°F) −5.2
(22.6)
−4.9
(23.2)
−2.3
(27.9)
1.1
(34)
5.4
(41.7)
8.4
(47.1)
10.5
(50.9)
10.4
(50.7)
7.8
(46)
3.8
(38.8)
0.0
(32)
−3.2
(26.2)
2.65
(36.76)
Record low °C (°F) −23.9
(−11)
−25.6
(−14.1)
−18.0
(−0.4)
−11.0
(12.2)
−4.1
(24.6)
−0.6
(30.9)
2.7
(36.9)
2.6
(36.7)
−0.4
(31.3)
−8.2
(17.2)
−14.0
(6.8)
−22.8
(−9)
−25.6
(−14.1)
Rainfall mm (inches) 130
(5.12)
118
(4.65)
80
(3.15)
85
(3.35)
80
(3.15)
98
(3.86)
126
(4.96)
105
(4.13)
97
(3.82)
112
(4.41)
116
(4.57)
118
(4.65)
1,265
(49.82)
Source: [1]; [2]

Braunlage is situated at the Bundesstraßen B4 running from Braunschweig to Nordhausen and B27 from Blankenburg to Göttingen.

History[edit]

Braunlage started out as a pit settlement in the forest first mentioned as brunenlohe in a 1253 deed, which was revived, when the Counts of Blankenburg established an ironworks in 1561. With the County Braunlage fell to the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in 1599. In the 17th century it was a small market town, finally in 1934 it received town privileges and the municipal status as a health resort.

In 1963 it became the location of the longest gondola lift (of Northern Germany), with a length of 2.8 kilometers and a height difference of 400 meters to the mountain station on the Wurmberg mountain, see Wurmberg Gondola Lift.

On 7 May 1964 Gerhard Zucker demonstrated on the Hasselkopf hill a flight of mail rockets. One of these rockets exploded, killing three people.

Demographics[edit]

Population statistics
Year Inhabitants
1821 1,691
1848 2,473
1871 2,288
1885 2,489
1905 3,408
1925 4,520
Year Inhabitants
1933 4,893
1939 4,981
1946 9,489
1950 9,334
1956 7,523
Year Inhabitants
1961 7,163
1968 7,716
1970 7,249
1975 7,266
1980 7,140
Year Inhabitants
1985 6,776
1990 6,148
1995 5,998
2000 5,476
2005 5,142

Politics[edit]

Wurmberg around 1900

Town council[edit]

2006 local elections:

  • CDU: 7 seats
  • SPD: 5 seats
  • Bürgerliste: 4 seats

Culture and sights[edit]

Sports[edit]

The local hockey team Harzer Wölfe is an important part of the northern German Ice Hockey Culture.

There are several ski jumps on the Wurmberg which host international competitions.

Sights[edit]

Towards Sankt Andreasberg the Silberteich and the Hahnenkleeklippen are worth visiting.

The Dicke Tannen is a protected landscape of giant spruce trees near Hohegeiß.

References[edit]

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