The region holds the remnants of a 1,000-year settlement and mining history. The parts of the town of Elbingrode (Harz) form the heart of the historic "Bodfeld", a royal closed forest with important hunting ground of the first German emperors and kings. Today you will find well-maintained, signposted hiking trails. There are also trails that explain mining, nature and the specialties and monuments of the town´s 1,000-year history.
"Bodfeld" is the oldest name for a town in the Unterharz. Bodfeld was first mentioned in writings in 935 by King Henry I. Other German emperors and kings stayed there later, as many records prove. In 1056, King Henry III suddenly died in Bodfeld in the presence of Pope Victor II, just after the inauguration of the cathedral of Goslar. Henry IV visited Bodfeld in 1068, and there have been no records since that time. The hiking trail called "Trail of the German Emperors and Kings in the Middle Ages" explains these historic places to today´s visitors.