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Discover the Green Belt in the Harz Mountains with BUND

BUND e.V.

Discover the Green Belt in the Harz Mountains with BUND

Hiking Collection by BUND e.V.

6

Tours

20:35 h

45.1 mi

4,975 ft

As part of the project ‘Cross-linking the Green Belt’, we at BUND für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (Friends of the Earth Germany) have put together six walks through the Harz Mountains. With this project, we’re creating cross-connections along the Green Belt, Germany's largest biotope network, to other natural areas nearby. The line is becoming a network, a unique memorial landscape and habitat for many endangered animal and plant species. You can find more information here: bund.net/bund-in-english/?utm_term=textlinktx_bundpoolpublication_display%255Bfilter%255D%255Btopics%255D%255B0%255D%253D21cHash%253Df70a977f615d8158395807b68c6c2565

The Brocken is never far away in the Harz, no matter where you are. This legendary mountain features in our Tour suggestions. The Brocken Tour starts at the TorfHaus, where you can find out more about the Brocken, the wolf and the high moors of the region. The Harz is the highest mountain range in northern Germany. In the romantic Eckertal Valley you can pay a visit to the lynx, while in the Grenzland open-air museum you learn a lot of interesting facts about the German border fortifications and years of German division.

Immediately after the fall of the Wall, we, the BUND, made it our task to protect these habitats, which are important for rare animals and plants. In addition, there are all kinds of relics of the former German border to discover along the Green Belt – the perfect combination of culture, history and nature.

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    From Stapelburg through the Eckertal – hiking along the Green Belt

    Intermediate
    04:45
    10.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular hike takes you from Stapelburg on the northern edge of the Harz up to the Rabenklippe and the lynx enclosure of the Harz National Park. Stapelburg is located directly on the former inner-German border. Buildings too close to the border were demolished. Along the former border river Ecker

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    6.07 mi
    2.1 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This round trip connects three great highlights: First, it goes to the dam wall of the dam Eckertalsperre, then you continue through the romantic Eckertal and from there you climb up to the view at the Winterbergklippe - so you can expect a varied day hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.41 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Where once the inner German border cut the Harz in two parts, today you can walk wonderfully. On this route we lead you through the romantic Eckertal. On the way you can expect natural paths, a monument to the German reunification in Stapelburg, an original border post and the former Naturheilanstalt

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  • Intermediate
    01:31
    3.45 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The small village concern, a district of the city of Upper Harz, is located in the middle of the resin, surrounded by dense coniferous forests and not far from the border with Lower Saxony. But while along the inner-German border, the border installations, fences and watchtowers have been mostly completely

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    9.20 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The inner German border between the FRG and the GDR also ran through the middle of the Harz Mountains - including the length of the Eckertalsperre. Thus, the dam border area and the north-eastern shore was closely guarded. Today, only a boundary post on the dam reminds of the division and you can once

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  • Intermediate
    04:53
    10.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This ascent route to the Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany, is by far the most famous - after all, in 1777, Goethe and a forester climbed up to the summit in winter cold weather. The Brocken summit was during the inner German division military restricted area, secured with a concrete

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    The lynx enclosure is a real highlight of every tour. The reintroduction project in the Harz Mountains is one of the flagship projects in Germany: between 2000 and 2006 a total of 24 lynxes were released from here. At the enclosure on the Rabenklippe you can find out more about the project and attend a public feeding every Wednesday and Saturday (2:30 p.m.). If the lynx stays shy and hidden, binoculars could help you!

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    Grenzlandmuseum

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The museum is not clearer. In concern, "remnants" of the old border fortification were saved from destruction and prepared for viewing on the "historical trail". Here you can watch border fences, earth bunkers, towers and much more during a walk around the outdoor area and join a short walk with a history lesson.

    More information: grenzmuseum-sorge.de

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    Tip by Martin Donat

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    Every time I am moved anew when I walk past remnants of the wall that divided Germany until 1989 or border towers. The open-air museum on the “Ring of Remembrance” is the most impressive for me after many kilometers on the border paths in the Harz Mountains. Even if the border tower is a bit reminiscent of a Trabant make (it looks a bit small and somehow not particularly solid), it gives me goose bumps. On the border path we pass the remains of the "wall", walk on a wide path past the observation tower and come across other remains of the border fence, an observation station and so on.

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    Tip by Romy von Etappen-Wandern

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    On the Scharfenstein there are two blockhouses for an environmental education program with a ranger station and a small snack bar. Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a ranger provides information and tips on trails, weather and the magnificent mountain wilderness of the Harz National Park.

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    Tip by Carola „Bandit“ K.

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    Eckerquerung

    Hiking Highlight

    One of my favorite hiking trails in the Harz Mountains! Here, hopping from stone to stone, you cross the red stream of the Ecker. This can become a slippery affair when it is wet or icy. Reasonable footwear is therefore recommended here. In good weather you can take a break here and listen to the splashing of the corners.

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    Tip by Renée

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    Logically, you have the best view from the highest point far and wide. If, yes, if it wasn't for the fog problem. There was a year when the highest peak in the Harz Mountains was covered in fog for 330 days. Not least because of the foggy days that Heinrich Heine wrote: "Lots of stones, tired legs, no view, Heinrich Heine". So far, we have only had luck with the view once, although we have already climbed ten times.

    However, if you catch one of the few days with a clear view, you can see 163 kilometers from the Brocken plateau to the Kahler Asten (North Rhine-Westphalia). From the outside, the Brocken is quite round at 1,141 meters, on top of which there is a radio tower and a radome - one reason why you can immediately recognize it from many vantage points in the Harz Mountains.

    It is said of the Brocken that, due to its exposed location, there is an Icelandic or Alpine climate. Without a doubt, it is a place of extreme weather conditions, comparable to an alpine peak around 2,000 meters. This means that you always have to reckon with brief onset of winter except for the midsummer months. So: It's usually cold on the Brocken. Or foggy. Or both. So take warm clothes with you.

    Anyone who can only manage one route can take the famous Harz narrow-gauge railway back (to Schierke, Drei Annen Hohne, Wernigerode). The most beautiful ascent leads from Ilsenburg over the Heinrich-Heine-Weg, the most demanding from Schierke via the Eckerlochstieg and the easiest from Torfhaus via the Goetheweg.

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    Tip by Romy von Etappen-Wandern

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Highlights
    11
  • Distance
    45.1 mi
  • Duration
    20:35 h
  • Elevation
    4,975 ft

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