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Best trails in Nationalpark Harz, Germany

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Looking for a great trail in Nationalpark Harz, Saxony-Anhalt? AllTrails has 111 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 72 moderate trails in Nationalpark Harz ranging from 2.9 to 70.2 miles and from 728 to 3,753 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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The Harz National Park is located in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. It is almost completely covered by spruce and beech forests. It is also home to many different animal species such as lynxes, wild cats and peregrine falcons. The most popular and well-known excursion destination is the Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany. Once you have reached the summit, you can enjoy a refreshment up there in the restaurant or simply let the wonderful panorama work its magic on you. Another popular hike for the adventurous is the Harzer Hexensteig, which leads through the park over 150 kilometers and offers a true Bachpacking adventure. The Harz National Park awaits its guests with eight national park centers and visitors' houses. A visit to Brocken, for example, is not complete without a visit to the Brocken House, which is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults costs € 7 and concessions € 3. Admission to the TorfHaus National Park Visitor Center is free. From April to October it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from November to March Tue to Sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This visitor center is closed on Mondays in the low season.

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#1 - On the Goetheweg to the Brocken
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
Popular hike in the Harz National Park, Lower Saxony Along with the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, the Goetheweg is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Harz National Park. It owes its name to the world-famous thinker and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who dared to climb from Torfhaus to the legendary highest peak in the Harz Mountains on December 10, 1777. The route also begins today in Torfhaus and leads east along the Schubensteinweg towards the Schubenstein cliff. A special highlight is the plank path over the large Torfhausmoor, one of the largest and oldest moors in the Harz Mountains. In the higher elevations, the Goetheweg runs along the Brocken Railway, which is one of the most famous photo opportunities in the national park. At the top of the Brocken mountain, there are fantastic panoramic views and the opportunity to stop for a break. Highlights of the hike: - Torfhaus visitor center - Peat house bog - View from the Brocken - UNESCO World Heritage Upper Harz Water ManagementShow more
#2 - Auf dem Grenzweg bei Sorge
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 15 m
On the trail of German-German history. Hiking on the Grenzweg along the former border that Germany had divided. The route leads past the memorial in Sorge and follows the border line to the B27, which ended there at that time.Show more
#3 - Through the Eckerloch to Brocken
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
Popular, panoramic hiking trail in the Harz National Park, Saxony-Anhalt. This route leads from Schierke over the Eckerlochstieg to the Brocken and back. It is one of the most popular hikes in the Harz Mountains and is the shortest route on the Brocken. The 500 meters in altitude that are overcome increase continuously over the course of the route. Sturdy shoes are a basic requirement. Any effort, however, is offset by fantastic views. The route begins in the town of Schierke and initially leads over Sandbrinkstraße. Until you cross the Brocken Railway, you hike through forests and along a rocky landscape. To get to the Eckerlochstieg, turn right and follow the Black Schluftwasser for a while before turning right again. The last part of the ascent to the Brocken runs along the Brockenstrasse. Once at the top you can stop for a refreshment in the restaurant while you relax and enjoy the view before you make your way back to Schierke. Highlights of the hike: - View from the Watzmann - Berchtesgaden AlpsShow more
#4 - Oberharzer Wasserregal und Nabentaler Wasserfall
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Hike east of Altenau, which leads to the Oberharz nature reserve, which lies in the Harz National Park. You hike along the Dammgraben to the side valleys waterfall and past the viewpoint Hedwigsblick. The Oberharzer Wasserregal, also known as the Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft, is a system for the diversion and storage of water created in the 16th and 17th centuries that powered water wheels in the mines of the Upper Harz mining industry. At first it was a listed building and has now even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of well restored canals that gently run the contours along the cities.Show more
#5 - Braunlage nach Torfhaus über den Brocken
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 7 h 9 m
A hike from Braunlage to the toboggan house. Continue to Bärenbrücke to Brocken then on the Goetheweg to Torfhaus.Show more
#6 - Wurmberg Gipfeltour
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
Panoramic circular hike in the Harz National Park, Lower Saxony A sometimes quite demanding route on Lower Saxony's highest mountain. This popular circular hiking route leads along lively streams, enchanted forests and wonderful views from the parking lot at the valley station of the Wurmberg cable car along the Warmen Bode, past the Brockenstein and finally to the summit of the Wurmberg and back. Sometimes you hike here on the Harzer Grenzsteig along the former inner-German border. There are places to stop for a break. Highlights of the hike: - Upper Bodewaterfall - reservoir - View from the Wurmberg - Stop at the Wurmberg Alm, Hexenritt Alm or Waldgaststätte RoldehausShow more
#7 - Harzer-Hexen-Stieg
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 62.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
On the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, the Harz presents its guests with a very special fairytale and mystical side. Here hikes become a real experience. The legendary Brocken is just one of many highlights of the exciting long-distance hiking trail that runs across the Harz mountains and crosses the Harz National Park. But not only friends of fairy tales and legends come here at their expense. The "enchanting" resin landscape also delights nature lovers and pleasure hikers. On the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, topics from nature, geology, history and culture combine to create an exciting cross-section of the northernmost German low mountain range. Green mixed and coniferous forests, rocky gorges and steeply rising cliffs, millennia-old raised bogs and medieval half-timbered towns lie along the way. Testimonies of the more than thousand years of mining history can be found at every step. For example, the narrow trenches of the UNESCO World Heritage "Upper Harz Water Management", one in the 16.-18. Century created for the mining water collection system. The path is adorned with a series of artistic installations, the so-called "islands of experience", pointing to interesting but often hidden details along the way.Show more
#8 - Oderteich Rundweg
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
This route leads to just under 4 kilometers around the Oderteich, which is located in the Harz National Park. The pond was built in 1715 and is now part of the UNSECO World Heritage Upper Harz Water Management. Its water is still used to generate electricity for Sankt Andreasberg. On the eastern and western shores of the lake you can take a short break during the circular walk to go swimming.Show more
#9 - Schierke und Brocken über Eckerlochstieg
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
#10 - Ilsestein-Paternosterklippe-Geberstsbergklippen-Illefälle
Nationalpark Harz
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
Highlights: - Pedestrian bridge over the Ilse - Ilsefalls (Heinrich-Heine-Wanderweg) - Upper Ilse Falls - Paternoster cliff near Ilsenburg - IlsesteinShow more
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