Altenau-Schulenberg Heritage Centre

The Heimatstube Altenau is located in the basement of the spa guest centre. Here you can get an overview of the history of the area, which is heavily influenced by mining the living conditions of the people. Numerous professions were associated with it and led to the economic success of the region. Find out more about the workers and trades in the area.

The Heimatstube also depicts metallurgy, forestry, charcoal burning and carters. In addition to works by local artist Karl Reinecke-Altenau, the exhibition is also dedicated to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the "Oberharz Water Management". It characterised the landscape early on and stands for an extraordinary water management system that is still of great importance today.

Karl Reinecke-Altenau

The life's work of the artist Karl Reinecke-Altenau is an important focus of the collection. With countless woodcuts, lithographs, oil paintings and publications, the painter and writer, who was born in Altenau in 1885, created a kaleidoscope of impressions of his homeland. His collections illustrate the living conditions of a society characterised by mining and make the harsh beauty of the Harz landscape tangible. You can also find out more about the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Oberharz Water Management" as an important pre-industrial mining water management system in the Heimatstube.

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday: 3.00 - 5.00 pm
  • Saturday: 3.00 - 5.00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10.30 - 12.00 a.m.
©HeimatstubeAltenau, Roland Riesen