Harz cliff walks

Hiking Collection by
komoot

Deep valleys, dark forests, witches and the mighty Brocken: this is what the Harz are known and loved for. So you can experience the best this region has to offer, we’ve prepared a series of seven hikes that will let you see it all from airy heights—especially as you gaze over ravines up to 200 meters deep.

While hiking, these small canyons are not only the perfect destination for spectacular sunset photos, they also give you the opportunity to look over this mystically mountainous region and view every rock, every crag and every stone—the building blocks of central Germany’s highest mountain range. Throughout our seven Tours, you’ll experience the wild, romantic and dizzying side of the region—and truly experience the wonder of the Harz.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:01
    10.9 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.

    17 kilometers worth it. After a steep climb to the Luisenbank, you can already see it: the Eckertalsperre. Crossing the dam you will be reminded of German history - here was the border between East and West.You circle the dam in half and then climb up to the ranger station. From here it takes only 15-20 minutes to climb a rocky stairway until you can enjoy the fantastic view of Scharfenstein. Then it's the same way back for about half an hour until you turn left to go around the dam.A slightly longer tour, but one of the most beautiful in the Harz heard.Particularly pleasant is the constant possibility to abbreviate individual sections with the "national park bus" (for example at the Luisenbank). And especially convenient: You can take the bus line 820 (HS "Radauwasserfall") from Bad Harzburg or Braunlage and start the tour directly.

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  • Difficult
    03:50
    7.62 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This tour with its twelve kilometers is not for the inexperienced. Because even if it is "only" 350 meters to overcome - the many metal ladders and lookout points that you will climb, have it all.For this ascent you will be rewarded: After a start in the beautiful and beautifully designed town of Schierke you will climb over the Trudenstein to the Hohnekamm, which consists of several granite formations. One view is more beautiful than the other. Afterwards you can make a detour to the Landmannsklippe - probably the most alpine viewing cliff in the Harz. Since the path is a dead end, at least for this tour, it goes back the same way until you finish the route over Ahrensklient.Geologists, photographers and alpine friends will definitely get their money's worth here!

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    4.01 mi
    2.0 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Goethe did not let go of them - and if you go through the whole cycle of misery over the snorer cliffs, you'll understand why: mystical rock formations with great views are waiting for you.After the start in the small town of Elend, in which also the Harzquerbahn runs, the path goes steeply uphill to the lookout pulpit on the Barenberg. Shortly thereafter you reach the snorer cliffs above the summit of Barenberg, which Goethe mentions in Faust I and II.The steep climb really worth it: the view towards Wurmberg, Schierke and misery is beautiful. After the "climb" you can continue your round over the mouse claws and Helenenruh back to misery. With breaks you can plan a good three hours, as it is worthwhile to look at the granite rocks from close up.

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    6.06 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Rosstrappe is made of hard-edged granite rock, which has plowed like a hatchet in this historic place. From the end of the Harz Witches' Trail you climb steeply to Rosstrappe, flanking the Bodetal on one side.From here you have a spectacular view of the river and the opposite Hexentanzplatz, which explain the history, culture and self-understanding of the resin well. Crossing through the deep valley is very difficult - you should pick up the Hexentanzplatz for a second tour.The way back leads over several vantage points - such. the Bülowshöhe - direction Thale back. Shortly before you do a little dangling to the Bode. In Thale you can also visit two beautiful churches.The Rosstrappe - certainly THE most spectacular cliff in the eastern Harz.

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  • Difficult
    01:50
    3.41 mi
    1.9 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    There are more cliffs in one spot only in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains: A steep but short ascent leads to the Kästeklippen in the Okertal. After about half an hour, the lookout cliffs give the handle in hand - one after another is waiting for you and your photo pose. To recommend in the sunset, because then the light falls particularly beautiful in the Okertal; the view down is really breathtaking. The Oker feeds here from the many sources and then flows further into the northern Harzvorland.Good footwear is a great advantage on this tour as you have to climb a rock from time to time to enjoy the view.The journey is particularly convenient: Take the bus 866 from Bad Harzburg along the Okertal and get off at the stop "Kästeklippen".

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  • Easy
    01:34
    3.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Rather, something for the afternoon walk: From the inn "Königskrug" it goes the level forest road to the Hahnenkleeklippen. The view from these 200m high rocks is still breathtaking. In the past, there were even climbing routes, but these were dismantled for reasons of nature conservation with the opening of the national park. Back you walk through mystic coniferous forest and over a Mediterranean picnic area to the parking lot and the bus stops.By public transport you travel from Braunlage or Bad Harzburg with the bus 820 and get off at the stop "Königskrug" - quite simply.

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  • Difficult
    03:59
    8.42 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This tour combines many of the Harz specialties: good food, wilderness and history.Starting point here is the Radau waterfall, which you can reach by bus 820 from Bad Harzburg. From the Gasthaus am Wasserfall you first walk along a moat and then on pleasant hiking trails and a forest road to the Molkenhaus. Then on to the lynx enclosure, where every Saturday (14:30 clock) take place public feedings. Right next to it you have reached the end point of this tour: the great view from the Rabenklippen. In the restaurant Rabenklippen it is worth stopping before you take the way back on forest roads over the cross of the German East.A longer tour, but very comfortable mostly on forest roads. The only disturbing thing on weekdays could be the very loud quarrying opposite the Gasthaus Raudauwasserfall. After a few meters in the forest, however, there is absolute silence and tranquility.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    44.1 mi
  • Duration
    21:27 h
  • Elevation
    6,850 ft

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