Time to stay 28 29 … FOR TIME TRAVELLERS Everything that makes Wernigerode green DESTINATION: SUSTAINABILITY It's a beautiful title – euphonious and promising: Wernigerode is one of Germany's top 3 most sustainable medium-sized cities. Soon the city will be certified as a sustainable travel destination, because sustainability must not be a short-term trend. The city's commitment is multi-layered and is accompanied in an advisory capacity by TourCert, a nonprofit organisation for certification in tourism. Thus internal company processes are regularly put to the test and, with the help of an improvement programme, optimised step by step. This includes, among other things, social aspects, environmental aspects and a whole range of touristic offers in Wernigerode. Our partner businesses help us to make Wernigerode even more sustainable. With great ideas and initiative, they support the idea of sustainable travel in the Harz region. HOLIDAY COMPLEX „ZUM WILDBACH“ The modern holiday flats in a beautiful location on the edge of the forest offer holidaymakers every comfort without losing sight of the issue of sustainability. The houses are equipped with energy-saving LED lighting and all public areas with motion detectors. The resort is heated by its own combined heat and power unit, which can also produce its own electricity. With the packaging-free products on the breakfast buffet a further contribution to waste avoidance is made. Currently, for example, the souvenir articles are under review and shall be made more sustainable. Our own reusable cups for hot drinks, which are handed out in participating catering establishments, are already in successful use. Wernigerode also shows particular commitment in its own project for the reforestation of the forests. To sensitize guests to the issues of climate change and forest dieback, a new reforestation project has been launched. Guests can receive free information material sent to their homes in advance. In addition to the brochures you find a cover letter and a transfer form for voluntary donations for reforestation in the envelope – for only 5 € two trees can be planted. In the autumn of PARTICIPATION DESIRED - OUR PARTNER BUSINESSES BÜRGER- UND MINIATURENPARK (CITIZEN AND MINIATURE PARK) As a popular destination for excursions, the Bürger- und Miniaturenpark also pursues the goal of sustainability. A photovoltaic system has already been installed for the park's own self-sufficient power supply during the summer months. The grounds are mostly irrigated from a rainwater cistern and the alternating planting comes from regional nurseries. The use of chemical weed killers is avoided, as is the use of disposable tableware in the catering for the park's guests. They can also look forward to regional products. each year, all employees plant the trees. This creates a small tourist forest in Wernigerode. Recently, the topic of sustainability has its own section on the Wernigerode website. There, users can find many tips for a sustainable stay in the city. Another goal and central element of the certification is also to build up a partner network with commercial companies. Only this way the holistic approach to the issue of sustainability can be reached and filled with life. With around 2.5 million day visitors a year, naturebased and "gentle" tourism is desirable in every respect. Das einsHge Polizeigefängnis der Stadt - Ferienwohnungen am Markt heute. 2002-2005 erfolgte hier die Sanierung Im vorigen Jahr bekam jede Wohnung einen Balkon, was als ein großer Zugewinn von unseren Gästen FERIENWOHNUNGEN empfunden wird. AM MARKT Bei der Neugestaltung der Außenanlagen wurden mit heimischen Pflanzen, die auch der Insektenwelt (HOLIDAY Nahrung bieten, FLATS gearbeitet. ON Das Anbringen THE von Nistkästen MARKET) ist in Planung. In Planung ist neben dem Fahrradunterstand auch eine Lademöglichkeit für E-Bikes zu installieren. As a certified partner of the National Park sustainability is written in capital letters here and the idea of ecological management is obeyed too. The hosts feel particularly connected to the unique nature of the National Park. They offer their guests a nature-friendly stay and support environmentally friendly mobility in the National Park region through service and information. During the renovation of the old half-timbered buildings, as much of the old substance as possible was preserved or refurbished. For the redesign of the outdoor facilities they used native plants which also provide food for the insect world. ©Polyluchs Kreativagentur ©Polyluchs Kreativagentur SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY RAIL/BUS CONNECTIONS Thanks to its good connections, Wernigerode is easy to reach by public transport (train / Flixbus). HATIX HOLIDAY TICKET The guest card allows you to use bus transport in the Harz region free of charge! USE OF THE EXISTING E-CHARGING STATIONS IN WERNIGERODE AND SCHIERKE CHARGING STATIONS FOR E-BIKES IN WERNIGERODE - Entrance to the town centre (next to Breite Straße 112) Sightseeing with e-mobility 10 TIPS FOR A SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY 1 2 3 4 5 INFORM SUSTAINABLY SEARCH INFO ONLINE Much of our information can now also be accessed digitally via QR code. This saves a lot of paper. More tips for a sustainable holiday are available in our tourist information. 6 7 8 ©Biothek 9 BUY SUSTAINABLY REGIONAL DIVERSITY TO GO Numerous restaurateurs offer regional cuisine and do not use disposable packaging for takeaway food. REGIONAL PRODUCTS Regional producers offer their goods at the weekly market (Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Likewise, when shopping, look for regional production, e.g. products with the "Typically Harz" brand. UNPACKED With your own cloth bag you can shop even "greener" – whether for souvenirs, at the weekly Market or in the Zero Waste Shop "Kleeblatt" in Pfarrstraße 36. Biothek in the Marktstraße ALL ORGANIC OR WHAT? There are also organic supermarkets in the Wernigerode city centre with a wide range of food, cosmetics and household goods. BIOTHEK – Organic shop with bistro Marktstraße 13, 38855 Wernigerode biothek-wr.de NATURATA ORGANIC MARKET Minslebener Straße 41, 38855 Wernigerode 10 Time to stay … FOR TIME TRAVELLERS WATER REFILL STATIONS Having your own water bottle is almost a must for a stroll through town. At refill stations in Wernigerode and Schierke you can refill your drinking water free of charge. - Citizens' Information Office City of Wernigerode - Biothek - Citizens' and miniature park - Klippenkuckuck - Town Library/Harz Museum - Tourist Information Schierke - Schierker Feuerstein Arena EXPERIENCE AND LEARN ABOUT THE SUSTAINABILTY Wernigerode and Schierke offer numerous possibilities to inform oneself and the children about sustainability and environmental protection. On the basis of projects, that have already been implemented in the form of nature trails, educational boards and nature centres, children can gain a lot of knowledge about environmental protection in the city and the Harz region. CITY ECO-PATH Even a sightseeing tour can be "eco" in Wernigerode. The 4 km town eco-path starts at the Town Hall and connects several ecological sights. BIRD WALK see page 16 EXPERIENCE WORLD BROOK TROUT see page 17 WILDPARK CHRISTIANENTAL On an area of eight hectares native wild animals such as the lynx, deer, wild boars, birds of prey or owls can be observed, which are rarely to be seen in the forests. (see page 11) NATURE EXPERIENCE CENTRE HOHNEHOF (see Schierke page 22) NATURE EDUCATION TRAIL SCHIERKE On more than 20 signs and boards interesting information is given about the nature around Schierke and especially the forest in the Harz Mountains. The nature trail starts at the "Heinrich Heine" bus stop and leads 4.5 km through the village. The path is well suited for a walk with the whole family and is also suitable for prams.