The Harz is a low mountain range in the Central Uplands of Germany, famous for its historic silver mines that brought prosperity to the region. The terraced plateaus are cut by many narrow, deep valleys. Towns:Bad Harzburg — charming spa town, ancient cable car and base for walks in the surrounding hills. Bad Lauterberg — spa town, beautiful shopping street. Blankenburg — quaint former East German town and home to an imposing castle. Braunlage — the main ski resort and cable car to Lower Saxony's highest peak, the Wurmberg. Clausthal-Zellerfeld — a resort in the Harz Mts; its manufactures include textiles and wood products; the town was once a centre for the mining of copper, zinc, and lead ores. Goslar — gateway to the Harz. Quedlinburg — its beautiful town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sankt Andreasberg — former mining town. Schierke — historic border village and starting point for walks up the Brocken. Stolberg — is a health resort in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Torfhaus — the highest settlement in Lower Saxony and base for numerous walks. Thale — old mining town and former summer resort for Berliners; gateway to the Bode Gorge. Wernigerode — known for its impressive Romanesque castle and its timber-framed houses that have been largely preserved in their original styles. Other destinations: Bode Gorge, Oker Valley, Rübeland.