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City of Goslar
Coat of arms of Hahnenklee-Bockswiese
Coordinates: 51 ° 51 ′ 26 ″  N , 10 ° 20 ′ 24 ″  E
Height : 570 m above sea level NN
Residents : 1146  (Jun. 30, 2018)
Incorporation : July 1, 1972
Postal code : 38644
Area code : 05325
Hahnenklee-Bockswiese (Lower Saxony)

Location of Hahnenklee-Bockswiese in Lower Saxony

Hahnenklee with the Bocksberg in the background
Hahnenklee with the Bocksberg in the background

Hahnenklee-Bockswiese is a district and at the same time a village in the city of Goslar with around 1100 inhabitants. It is located about 16 kilometers south of the Goslar town center on a high plateau in the Upper Harz in Lower Saxony .

Geographical location

Hahnenkleer town center with the spa park and the two crane ponds

Hahnenklee-Bockswiese is a double town with two settlement cores, of which Hahnenklee is the larger and therefore the better known. The district of Bockswiese ( 51 ° 51 ′  N , 10 ° 20 ′  E ) is on the connecting road that branches off  the Bundesstraße 241 to Lautenthal at Kreuzeck - between Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Goslar . From there, a district road branches off north to the Hahnenklee district and ends there. The residents of Hahnenklee wanted this cul-de-sac location, especially since the lack of through traffic means that you can advertise for tourism. The historic center of Bockswiese lies on the Grumbach .


The first settlements both in Hahnenklee (first mentioned in 1569) and in Bockswiese (mentioned in 1580) already existed in the 16th century. Both places have their origins in mining, which was operated in the upper Granetal and until 1930 in the upper Grumbach valley. It is believed that the Herzog-Georg-Wilhelm-Stollen and the Hahnenkleer Stollen go back to medieval beginnings. Mining was mainly carried out along the ore-rich Bockswieser Gangzug .

The early miners' settlements Hahnenklee and Bockswiese, which were spatially separated from each other, formed a political municipality since the middle of the 19th century, which bore the official double name Bockswiese-Hahnenklee. Around 1800 there were 100 inhabitants in Hahnenklee, which at that time was directly on the Heerstraße from Goslar to Lautenthal . At that time, Bockswiese only consisted of a colliery house in which 20 residents lived.

At the beginning of the 20th century Bockswiese-Hahnenklee had 491 inhabitants, 336 of whom lived in Hahnenklee.

Around Bockswiese and the Bocksberg near Hahnenklee there are several legends related to the earlier witch hunt .

At the end of the 19th century, tourism became increasingly important. It was named a state-approved spa town in 1882. In 1900, 5676 spa guests were counted. After mining was stopped, tourism - apart from forestry - became almost the only livelihood of the place.

In June 1935 the municipal council of Bockswiese-Hahnenklee decided to reverse the previous place name because Hahnenklee had outstripped the population of Bockswiese. Since the same year the community has had a coat of arms designed by the Berlin heraldist Closs.

During the late years of the Second World War , there were many billeting as part of the children's country deportation . In addition, pregnant women from cities particularly threatened by the bombing war were offered a largely undisturbed confinement in a Hahnenkleer Hotel that had been converted into a maternity ward. In those years this led to particularly high birth rates for this small community. More than 3,600 children were born in the tourist facilities confiscated by the Nazi organization “Mother and Child” (Kurhaus Bockswiese - maternity home, Haus Maria - maternity home, Hotel Waldgarten - maternity home, Haus Niedersachsen - rest home, Haus Rische - rest home, Hotel Hahnenkleer Hof - Sisters - rest home, Hotel Deutsches Haus - rest home). In a separate part of the maternity home in the Hotel Waldgarten, there was a maternity ward for Lebensborn , the notorious Nazi facility for “breeding pure-bred Aryans”. Helene (Leni) von Radziewski was the registered superior of the Waldgarten family. At the end of the war the place was filled with refugees, mostly from the East German areas. Shortly after the end of the war, the deaths of 18 Latvian babies and toddlers made national headlines. They died in the "Victoria" maternity home of the former National Socialist People's Welfare (NSV). The exact circumstances of death were never clarified. The surviving over 100 children were scattered all over the world.

Tourism boomed again from the 1950s and probably reached its peak in the 1970s. Numerous guests from northern Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin, Denmark, the Netherlands and southern Sweden spent their holidays in the recognized climatic health resort. During this time, many new hotels were built with a correspondingly high number of guest beds. Towards the end of the 1980s, tourism began a massive downward trend, which has very diverse causes. Tourism has been recovering somewhat since the mid-2010s, with considerable investments in the Bocksberg and a renewed image of the place playing a role.

The community of Hahnenklee-Bockswiese was incorporated into the neighboring town of Goslar on July 1, 1972 as part of the general Lower Saxony regional reform.


The landmark of Hahnenklee is the Evangelical Gustav Adolf Church , built in 1907/08 , which was designed as a rare stave church . In 1928 a small Catholic wooden church was built, it was replaced in 1975 by the Maria Schnee church designed by Josef Fehlig , today a branch church of the parish of St. Nikolaus in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

Local council

Local council election 2016
Turnout: 50.27 (+ 2.4% p)
BfHB c
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
-11.34  % p
+ 7.40  % p
+ 4.28  % p.p.
+ 3.26  % p.p.
BfHB c
Template: election chart / maintenance / notes
c Citizens' Forum Hahnenklee-Bockswiese

After the local elections on September 11, 2016, the local council consists of (changes to 2014):

  • CDU : 6 seats (−1)
  • SPD : 3 seats (+1)
  • Citizens' forum Hahnenklee-Bockswiese: 1 seat (± 0)
  • FDP : 1 seat (± 0)

Culture and sights

Gustav Adolf Church

A striking landmark is the Nordic Gustav Adolf stave church with a carillon , built of wood . Also worth seeing are various structures (reservoirs and ditches) of the Upper Harz water shelf or the grave of the creator of the “Berlin Operetta”, Paul Lincke (see also Paul-Lincke-Ring ). The cable car takes visitors to the 726 m high Bocksberg . The water playground at the Upper Flößteich is a special playground for children.


The hiking and winter sports are of great importance in the town. The Liebesbankweg , the only hiking trail in the Harz and Lower Saxony that has been awarded a premium hiking trail, has its starting point in Hahnenklee; Among other things, there are 25 individual, wooden love benches on the route. Another well-known hiking trail is the Oberförster-Müller-Weg.

The Hahnenkleer Seilbahngesellschaft has been operating a bike park in Hahnenklee since 2007, which offers several downhill, freeride, north shore and single trails around the Bocksberg. In the summer of 2012, a 1250 m long rail-guided summer toboggan run called BocksBergBob was opened on the Bocksberg cable car.

Until the early 1970s there was a bobsleigh and luge track on the Bocksberg . Among other things, the European Luge Championships were held there in 1955 .

Regular events

The Walpurgis Festival on April 30th every year attracts several thousand visitors.

Economy and Infrastructure

Hahnenklee is a resort and primarily characterized by tourism. The district has around 110,000 overnight guests with 420,000 overnight stays annually. A youth hostel is located on the southern edge of the Bockswiese district.


The place can be reached by road via the nearby federal highway 241 .

In local public transport, Hahnenklee is connected to Goslar and Clausthal-Zellerfeld with the 830 bus line of the Braunschweig regional bus within the framework of the Braunschweig area .


Hahnenklee had its own elementary and secondary school, which was closed in the 1970s due to a lack of students. The former school building now serves as a kindergarten and as a home for various clubs.


Sons and daughters of the place

Personalities related to the place

  • Paul Lincke (1866–1946), composer and theater music director, died here
  • Ernst Degenhardt (1877–1950), businessman and politician ( DDP , CDU ), died here
  • Hans Mühle (1897–1973), pastor and author, worked as a pastor at the stave church.
  • Ernst Mangold (1879–1961), doctor, physiologist and nutrition researcher, died here while on vacation
  • Hans-Georg Jaedicke (1911–2000), doctor, worked in Hahnenklee for almost 50 years and died here.
  • Henning Ziebritzki (* 1961), pastor and writer, worked as a pastor at the stave church


In 1960, Hahnenklee was the location for the exterior shots for the crime film " Stahlnetz , Episode 13 - Saison".

Web links

Commons : Hahnenklee  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the municipalities and districts of the district of Goslar , accessed on March 17, 2019.
  2. Christoph Bartels : From the early modern mining industry to the mining industry , Bochum 1992, p. 42.
  3. ^ Friedrich Gottschalck: Pocket book for travelers in the Harz , 1806
  4. ^ Neumanns Orts- und Verkehrslexikon , p. 100 u. 381. Leipzig 1905.
  5. The saga of the Brockens witches , 1839, p. 25
  6. G. Ulrich Großmann: Hannover and Südniedersachsen , p. 187. Cologne 1999.
  7. ^ Neumanns Orts- und Verkehrslexikon , p. 100. Leipzig 1905.
  8. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 266 .
  9. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 266 .
  10. ^ Website of the communal data processing in Oldenburg , accessed on September 29, 2016
  11. ^ Website on Liebesbankweg
  12. Report in Goslarschen from April 11, 2012 ( memento of the original from August 1, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.goslarsche.de
  13. www.krimi.heimat.de , accessed on May 11, 2018