9 beautiful bathing lakes in the Harz – with insider tips

Vacationers love the Harz for its idyllic, quiet towns and green, varied nature. The latter also includes many lakes.

Even better, you can even swim in many of them. And you can even use some of these bathing lakes for free! This is how the summer vacation will be perfect. But even in spring, the Harz lakes and bathing ponds invite you to hike – we present nine of them in more detail here.

Grumbach pond

The Obere Grumbacher Teich is idyllically located in a forest area near Hahnenklee-Bockswiese. You can swim for free on site – and if you don’t want to part with this natural idyll, you can simply pitch your tents there for the night.

With its clear water, the Grumbacher Teich in the Harz mountains attracts all swimmers to cool off in the water. There is also a campsite nearby.

There is a campsite on the southeast shore and also a hotel if you want a bed with a slatted base. If you’ve regained enough strength after your siesta, try surfing and fishing at the Oberer Grumbracher Teich or discover new perspectives on nature from a rowing boat.

Grumbacher Teich near Hahnenklee-Bockswiese
Free admission
Address: Parking 200 meters away in Kreuzeck

Oder pond

A circular hiking trail leads you around the Oderteich over a length of four kilometres. Outdoor fans can gaze from the dam wall at the mirror-smooth surface before continuing to the swimming spots on the eastern or western shores.

After swimming in the Oderteich, you can relax on the green meadows surrounding the water.

You should not enter the water outside the areas marked there: “You have to be careful, because the cold underwater currents represent a real danger”, warns the Upper Harz Tourist Association. The swimming chains indicate where you should stop swimming. This measure not only protects people, but also nature: it is allowed to spread almost undisturbed in many places in the Oderteich.

Oderteich near Sankt Andreasberg
Free admission
Address: Oderteich car park on the B242

Ziegenberger Pond

Trees to the right, trees to the left, trees behind you, clear water in front of you. The Ziegenberger Teich is completely surrounded by forest near Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Buntenbock. Nothing stands in the way of undisturbed bathing pleasure.

A bench at the Ziegenberger Teich in the Harz mountains invites you to relax after a long swim.

If you want to combine a day of swimming with a hike, visit the Ziegenberger pond on the “Buntenbocker Teiche” water hiking trail.

Ziegenberger Teich near Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Buntenbock
Free admission
Address: An den Langen Brüchen, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

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Jumping into the water for free also works at the Okertalsperre near Schulenberg. Anyone who still has energy after a dip in the cool water can practice other water sports on site. Especially in summer, sailors, windsurfing and diving enthusiasts as well as canoe and kayak paddlers like to use the Oktertalsperre.

Swimming in the Harz mountains is free at the Okertalsperre. The reservoir crosses the landscape in the middle of the forests.

Is it too exciting for you? Then relax on a boat trip and let us show you the natural beauties of the water – thanks to the engine without any effort.

Oker Dam near Schulenberg
Free admission
Address: There are designated free parking spaces along the B498 and L517.