We found ourselves at Gasthof Stadel when visiting the Christmas Market at Wernigerode, where the hotels were overflowing. The Tourist Office found us lodging in the nearby village of Schierke. This turned out to be a special treat. Gasthof Stadel is a small and immaculately kept traditional inn located near the Harz National Park. It would be a great base for exploring the hiking and summer and winter sports options in the vicinity.
We were somewhat late getting to the hotel following an excursion on the Brockenbahn, part of the narrow gauge steam railroad that threads through the Harz. The proprietors, who spoke excellent English, were warm and welcoming. Our room was large and cozy, and overlooked the local road leading up to the Brocken. The ambiance in the restaurant area was traditional and "gemutlich". A glass of Schierker Feuerstein, as recommended by our host, was a perfect end to a day of exploring the area.More