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Cliff hikes in Germany’s Harz Mountains

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Cliff hikes in Germany’s Harz Mountains

Hiking Collection by Renée

8

Tours

28:15 h

56.2 mi

7,875 ft

The magical Harz mountains have captivated people for centuries. Numerous stories, legends and myths are entwined in the many impressive cliffs that rise into the sky here. In this Collection, I’ve put together eight Tours which reveal the beauty of the Harz Mountains,from lofty heights to their most beautiful cliffs.

You hike through the wildly romantic Oker Valley with its many bizarre rock formations that attract climbers from across Germany and beyond. Near Bad Harzburg, you can climb the Scharfenstein cliffs, with their spectacular views or observe lynxes at the Rabenklippen cliff, overlooking the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains.

The Hohnekamm ridge is more challenging and wilder and the ascent of the Landmannsklippe is the most alpine landscape in the Harz. Last but not least, you visit the Harz’s Grand Canyon: the Bode Valley. Here, the rock walls rise more than 200 metres (656 ft)and enclose the rushing Bode River in a narrow valley. Several myths and legends surround the Rosstrappe on one side and the Hexentanzplatz on the other. Climbers are rewarded with breathtaking views into the deep valley.

Some Tours include refreshment stops, but I recommend packing a picnic. The rustic shelters and rocks with magnificent views are great places to enjoy a long break.

Even if it's not the Alps, the Harz is still a low mountain range with changeable weather conditions. Pack a waterproof coat and wear sturdy shoes on the stony paths. With the right gear, you can explore the wild side of the Harz. The mountains are calling!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:51
    3.40 mi
    1.8 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Okertal is a true paradise for climbers in the Harz Mountains. There are probably more cliffs in one spot in northern Germany only in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. But hikers will also get their money's worth here. Along the way there is one promising rock after the other and even if this tour is

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    10.1 mi
    1.9 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you to the Harz foothills and to two of the most spectacular rock formations the Harz has to offer. Instead of the typical Harz granite, you will find impressive sandstone cliffs here, which soar into the sky weathered black - no wonder that several legends and myths are entwined around

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    11.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This tour is a Harz classic! The Scharfenstein cliffs offer one of the most beautiful views of the roof of northern Germany: the Brocken. On the way you circumnavigate the picturesque Eckertalsperre and there are many nice places to take a break! So don't forget to pack an extensive picnic.

    

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  • Difficult
    03:49
    7.49 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    One of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the Harz Mountains and a little alpine feeling await you on this tour over the Hohnekamm. Surefootedness and sturdy shoes are sometimes required on the way to the Landmannsklippe. You will be rewarded for this with breathtaking views from four promising cliffs

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  • Easy
    01:33
    3.57 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you prefer to take it easy, this short hike might be for you. Despite the short length, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view from the remote Hahnenklee cliffs. If you want to extend the round a little, this tour can also be combined with a detour to the silver pond or to the Achtermannshöhe

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    6.83 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start directly at the train station in Thale. The first climb is waiting for you on the outskirts. First leisurely, then getting steeper and steeper, you hike the first 200 meters up the Rosstrappenberg. A rocky path then leads you through an idyllic oak forest down the short distance to the Rosstrappe

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    4.13 mi
    1.9 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this short hike you will explore the deep Elendstal - a corner of the Harz Mountains that also deeply impressed Goethe. The Snoring Cliffs served as inspiration for the Walpurgis scene in "Faust". And at the latest when you stand at the foot of the impressive snoring cliffs, you will realize why

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  • Intermediate
    04:19
    9.19 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This tour combines some Harz specialties: good food, wildlife and history. From the wildly romantic Rabenklippen you have a wonderful view of the Eckertal and over to the Brocken and with a little luck you can watch the impressive wildcats at the lynx enclosure. A public feeding takes place here twice

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    56.2 mi
  • Duration
    28:15 h
  • Elevation
    7,875 ft

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