Harz National Park

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Harz National Park
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madri lenya
Sneek, The Netherlands18 contributions
Would recommend the walk from Thale to Treseburg about 3 hours. Beautiful scenery - waterfalls, rockpools, tree tops, mountains and valleys and high views. No scrambling and down rocks, easy to follow. The place for a beer at the end in Treseburg is up on the hill as you enter. It was excellent. Food and prices were great. We were tempted to stay for dinner but had other plans. You can catch the bus back from Tresesburg to Thale on the free Harz tourist ticket. All in all a great day.
Written August 5, 2020
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Jorge V
San Jose, Costa Rica394 contributions
We walked up the Brocken from Schierke and had an amazing experience. The path going up is generally very well signaled, and when we went up (in February), it wasn't too crowded or too lonely. It takes about 3 hours to go up, and some parts are pretty rough, so it gives you a nice challenge without being inaccessible. The restaurant at the top and the train ride down are exactly what you need once you're done conquering the mountain!
Written February 16, 2020
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Jean-Paul S
42 contributions
Family
When in the Harz mountains you need to visit the top, the Brocken. There are several ways to get there but we took the shortest one. A 5.4 km trail through the woods gaining 540 alti meters, starting in Schierke.
Drive to Schierke and go all the way to the end of the town, there is a nice parking just before the trail starts. We used the Harz app to assist with the route, but that's not necessary because of the signs.
The trail is awesome, steep climbs, big rocks, creeks and an occasionally passing steam train bringing the 'lazy' ;-) people up.
Depending on your shape, you need to calculate at least 1,5 hours one-way.
To avoid the steep climbs you can take the road route, which is 9 km long.
On top it can be windy and chilly, keep in mind the average yearly temperature is only 4(!) degrees celcius.
Till 1989 the Brocken used to house a Russian listening station and a small museum on top describes this period, but also the wildlife has its place in the museum.
Written October 19, 2016
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mariejose24
Ribe, Denmark33 contributions
Family
Sad. All the birch trees are sick and the forests are slowly disappearing, leaving only yellow bare mountains behind. And there seems to be no solution to this natural catastrophe. It feels a bit like being on holiday in a post war scenery - quite depressing. Also, if you don't speak German you won't be able to find any information about hiking routes, facilities and so on. The locals are not particularly friendly or service oriented either.
Written July 30, 2022
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lorrainepaul60
Wakefield, UK69 contributions
An historic steam locomotive built in the late 1800s took us up the Brocken, the Harz Mountains highest peak. Truly breathtaking views once up on the top, but very cold! There is a very small cafe with toilets, it serves a limited choice of hot food and drinks. We had the brockwurst sausage with chips which was tasty and a welcome snack meal especially as it was so cold up on the mountain top even in July!
The Harz Natioal park is a swathe of deep forests and beautiful scenery, good for walking and hiking. L believe it is also popular with skiers in the winter. You can get on or off the train at several little stations on the way up or down.
Written July 31, 2017
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Keystone_Traveler
Malvern, PA2,708 contributions
Family
The Harz Mountains are full of hiking trails and walking paths for all types of people. Some paths are rugged ; many are paved. Get a good map or ask around for assistance in determining the best route to ascend the Brocken, a must hike when in the region. The Brocken is the highest point in Northern Europe. We parked our vehicle in the village of Stierke, located southeast of the Brocken. Not only does the Brocken offer hikers a nice hike, the mountain offers interesting microclimates, flora, fauna, and history. Do your research (I think the write-up on Wikipedia does a great job summarizing the Brocken) on the Brocken before you ascend. We were fortunate with the weather during our June hike; high cloud cover but the views were still decent. Remarkably cooler on top. Shorts were necessary at the base (sweating on the way up), but about 10 C on top and a brisk wind. Pack a windbreaker and hat in the summer! The summit has a hotel, weather station, and restaurant. Great spot to eat a bratwurst and have a beer! History buffs who are interested in Cold War history will find this place interesting as the Brocken was near the border of West and East Germany. Both the Soviet Union and East Germany placed listening devices and radios on the summit for espionage purposes. Historical signs and information about this is posted around the summit. Literature fans, especially of Goethe will find a connection with Brocken. Goethe mentions the Brocken in Faust. The entire Harz region abounds in witch folklore. Of course, one is able to take a steam train up the Brocken. It may not be the Alps; however, walking around the Brocken is refreshing and exhilarating, and offers outdoor enthusiasts much to enjoy.
Written July 27, 2014
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gjlse546
Shrewsbury, UK94 contributions
If you've driven all the way here from the UK, the scenery is mainly disappointing. Pine forests and hills really and that's about it. Some of the towns are reasonably pretty. The trails are fairly-well marked out and the old East/West Germany historical elements are quite interesting with the order border post and museum dotted about. The Brocken is a total let-down and a tourist rip-off hotspot.

Incidentally, most of the drive through Germany to get here is exactly the same. There is nothing to see. I would liken the experience to driving from Scotland for a holiday in Leicestershire (no offence to anyone living in Leics btw). You can get to far more interesting places in Europe than this for the same distance travelled.

Average at best.
Written August 6, 2013
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revcole7
Ipswich, UK244 contributions
Couples
The Harz mountains around Wernigerode offer excellent high level walking within the forest. The paths are well sign posted with very clear routes and distances given. You are never too far away from civilization although it is easy to imagine you are on some remote forested ridge!

I recommend using a decent map - the Buch map 'Der Mittlere Harz' (Brown edged) is ideal for the area and at 1:30 000 series gives plenty of detail, but these are not as good as the UK's OS series and if you want to make the route up on the move I highly recommend a compass.
Great walking and on our last venture in the rain we discovered no less than three Fire Salamander lizards.
Written June 4, 2013
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TrevorSandra
Maldon, UK11 contributions
Friends
Brilliant trip organised by Great Rail Journeys. Visited lots of markets and historic towns plus riding on the steam railway to the top of the highest mountain. Visited caves as well and stayed in a lovely hotel. Amazing how everything runs when it is snowing. Meet lots of new friends as well, plus the locals are lovely as well.
Written January 24, 2013
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VanGerven
Veldhoven, The Netherlands355 contributions
Couples
This was the second time me and my husband visited this area. Last year we stayed in Hahnenklee and this year in Clausthal. Both stayed were lovely but totally different. Last year we had lovely weather ( 1st week of May) , this time we had lots of snow ( last week of April). We enjoyed both though and the countryside is beautiful both ways. It is a great area for walking, visiting villages and enjoying the views from the mountaintops.
We hardly ever go back to the same area for vacations, but I am sure this won't be the last time for us in the Harz. We enjoy the beautiful countryside, friendly people and lovely food too much.
Must do when in the Harz: Wernigerode, Thale ( both the Rosstrappe and Hexentanzplatz), Wurmberg seilbahn, eating out in one of the many local restaurants, walking up the Brocken ( or by steamtrain if you prefer), enjoy the woodlands, etcetera.
Written May 4, 2016
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