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Experiences with children

Ilsenburg in children’ s hand

Ilsenburg experience as only children can do the pleasure of running through the forest, climbing over streams, scrambling up high in the climbing park and close to the wild animals of the Harz mountains. Family holidays in Ilsenburg are lots of fun. There is a wide range of offers, which are definitely not boring. For example, children up to 15 years do not pay any Tourist Tax. we also offer activities for little money. The HarzCard grants you free access to more than 120 attractions. Harz holidays made for the entire family!


Nationalpark Discovery Tour

Discover nature on special ranger tours for children

Join a Nationalpark ranger to go on a discovery tour – an adventure for adults and children. Starting from the Nationalpark House Ilsetal guided tours start through the Harz mountain wilderness on fixed dates. With the Entdeckerheft – an interactive booklet and travel guide through the Harz Nationalpark the young ones can become a Junior Ranger! The booklet includes exciting riddles to be solved in order to get the badge of a Junior Ranger. This discovery booklet is available for 5 € at the Nationalpark-Infohaus or directly at the Tourist-Information in Ilsenburg.





To the Entdeckerheft

The "Brockenbande"

The Brocken Gang is a team of reporters consisting of four friends Luke, Hanna, Henry and Emma.
Together with the raven Pjotr you will experience many adventures in the Harz Mountains and come across interesting stories for the Harz Mountain Radio Podcast.

The Brockenbande experiences many adventures in the areas of full action, fabulous nature, great technology, magical stories and mighty medieval.

There is also a Brockenbande podcast, 10 Harzer Sagen, which were spoken by Heinz Hönig, a companion booklet of the Harzer Wandernadel and the Brockenbande discoverer booklet for home and on the go!

The stories of the Brockenbande are especially recommended for children between 6 - 10 years old.

Ilsetal for children

Nature, the biggest adventure playground

The Ilsetal has a lot on offer for children!

"Nature is probably the largest adventure playground in Ilsenburg!"


Leisure and fun in the Ilsetal


Situated in the Ilsetal, there is a Kneipp cure installation where also the smallest can play and do sports. The water of the Ilse river is directly led into the installation. Water height can be regulated, so also children may have fun there. Beside this installation, a great water playground was created. Marksmanship is the challenge of the recently installed Disc-Golf Anlage in the Ilse valley. Here you have to throw your Frisbee from determined throwing points into the various baskets. The Ilse valley offers great fun for families, groups and simply everyone!


"Fun and fun are guaranteed in Ilsetal."

Hiking with children

The hiking trail network of more than 8,000 kilometres offers walks around Ilsenburg which are children-friendly. Beginning with the Borkenkäferpfad (bark beetle trail), where the young ones can discover the beetle "Buchdrucker" (spruce bark beetle) and an insight into other insects’ life, continuing with smaller hiking paths to be discovered together with their parents. No time to be bored! Take your children and have a look from the Ilsestein over the entire area of the Nationalpark around Ilsenburg, or collect stamps at the checkpoints of the Harzer Wandernadel together with your children. With only 11 stamps children have the opportunity to become a Wanderprinz or a Wanderprinzessin. The Stamp Passes are available at the Tourist Information in Ilsenburg.


More to Harzer Wandernadel for children


Hiking tips for children


Fresh air and exercise is essential for a relaxing vacation. Even with small "couch potatoes" you do not give up hiking. Our hiking trails for families with children promise a lot to see and huge fun. Around Ilsenburg, there is a large choice of shorter hiking tours. A special benefit: with your Tourist Tax Booklet you can even travel for free by bus in all directions and do not have to bother about car parks or additional costs.


Bad weather experiences

Explore Ilsenburg when it’s raining

You do not have a lot of time to spend in Ilsenburg and the weather is bad? No reason to become desperate, even the weather is not so good Ilsenburg shows its sunny side. In Ilsenburg and its surroundings, many indoor leisure activities are on offer and let you forget the bad weather easily.


To the bad weather experiences


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