CLAUSTHAL-ZELLERFELD
THE UNIVERSITY WITH TWO WINTER SEMESTERS

Picturesque old house facades are encountered by students in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. © Sebastian Rothe
Clausthal-Zellerfeld© Sebastian Rothe

Clausthal-Zellerfeld used to be a mining town. But times have changed and so has the city. Thanks to its University of Technology (TU), it has become known for innovation, openness and internationality.

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WELCOME TO CLAUSTHAL-ZELLERFELD

The mining and university town of Clausthal-Zellerfeld is situated on a high plateau in the Harz region, a place where the weather plays a significant role. You will often encounter a blustery wind and more rainy days than elsewhere in Germany. Because the winter is so long and snowy, students often joke about it. They say that the  is the only university that has two winter semesters!

 

  • The main building of the Technical University in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, which many international students attend. © Sebastian Rothe
    The main building of the Technical University in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, which many international students attend.© Sebastian Rothe
  • The yellow Dennert fir serves as a sign for historically important places in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. © Sebastian Rothe
    The yellow Dennert fir serves as a sign for historically important places in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.© Sebastian Rothe
  • The annex building of the Technical University in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, which houses the Mineralogical collections. © Sebastian Rothe
    The annex building of the Technical University in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, which houses the Mineralogical collections.© Sebastian Rothe
  • The chairs and tables of a café in front of the Marktkirche © Sebastian Rothe
    Marktkirche "Zum Heiligen Geist": The chairs and tables of a café in front of the market church© Sebastian Rothe
  • Adolph-Roemer-Straße in Clausthal-Zellerfeld is popular with students because of its gastronomy. © Sebastian Rothe
    Adolph-Roemer-Straße in Clausthal-Zellerfeld is popular with students because of its gastronomy.© Sebastian Rothe
  • Außenansicht der Aula Academica der Technischen Universität Clausthal-Zellerfeld. © Sebastian Rothe
    Außenansicht der Aula Academica der Technischen Universität Clausthal-Zellerfeld.© Sebastian Rothe
  • Mining symbols can still be seen on some houses in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. © Saebastian Rothe
    Mining symbols can still be seen on some houses in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.© Sebastian Rothe
  • An old steel mill as a relic of the past in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. © Sebastian Rothe
    An old steel mill as a relic of the past in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.© Sebastian Rothe
  • View from Clausthal-Zellerfeld to the plateau of the Harz mountains. © Sebastian Rothe
    View from Clausthal-Zellerfeld to the plateau of the Harz mountains.© Sebastian Rothe

But don’t be daunted by the weather statistics. There are plenty of sunny, warm days in summer and autumn when you can take a swim in one of some 60 lakes in and around Clausthal-Zellerfeld. Or take a walk through the two parts of town, Clausthal and Zellerfeld, and discover the history of this once divided city. The historically important sites are marked by the so-called Dennert Pine. On these signs you’ll find information about the city’s past and its famous residents.

Even beyond the borders of Lower Saxony, Clausthal-Zellerfeld played an important role in history. The town was known for its mining operations for several centuries. Although the heydays of coal mining are over, the city still has a close relationship to mining. For example, there is the Oberharzer Mining Museum where visitors can go down into two former mine shafts.

The TU Clausthal plays an important role in the city’s future. Each year hundreds of students from around the world study at the university. Some decide to remain after graduation and have started their own companies or research institutes which work closely with the university. Many companies located at theInnovationspark Tannenhöhe and Am Pulverhaus were founded by university graduates in the past 20 to 30 years.

LIFE IN CLAUSTHAL-ZELLERFELD

Life revolves around the university. Many students enjoy taking a stroll down the shopping street (Adolph-Roemer-Strasse) during their breaks, meeting for coffee or getting a bite to eat. And many see it as an advantage that the city isn’t very large – it makes it easy to start a conversation and arrange to meet up later. The city is also a popular destination for tourists who start their hiking and cycling tours from here.

There is an extensive system of bike paths in the region surrounding Clausthal-Zellerfeld. There are paths for casual bikers who like to take it easy, and there are specific routes suited to mountains bikers. Inquire at the Tourist Information office or the bookshop on Adolph-Roemer-Strasse for bike touring maps of the region.

You can easily reach many of the nearby lakes by bike. Most of them look very natural and pristine and are perfect for a taking a dip. You can find a supervised sunbathing area and boat rental shop at the Oberer Hausherzberger Teich. And if you suffer from asthma or allergies, you’ll be happy to know that because of its clean air and numerous lakes, Clausthal-Zellerfeld is an official climatic health resort.

Summer isn’t the only time of year you can play outdoor sports: In the winter you can take advantage of a large network of cross-country ski trails in the region. There is a small slope in Zellerfeld where you can even go downhill skiing and sledding.

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