In Germany's northernmost low mountain range, you will find a collection of the awesome trails that are second to none. One bike park next to the other, miles of great enduro trails and an infrastructure designed to meet the needs of adventurous bike fans. Whistle on the Alps - welcome to the Harz mountains!
When you consider the Harz in comparison to the Alps, many might consider them to be some sort of mid-German compromise. The mountains are anything but, however—especially when it comes to the density of trails and special offers aimed at mountain bikers. The 5 bike parks, all centrally located in the Upper Harz Mountains, offer all you need for an action-packed bike weekend and impressively prove our assertion that Harz are worth a visit. As well as mountain bikers, however, the area offers a stunning experience for cross-country skiers and trail runners, no matter whether they be beginners or professionals. And the best thing about all this: The Harz Mountains are easily accessible for the whole of Central and Northern Germany.
Here we show you some really fun rides, all of which take place centrally in the Oberharz. Of course, the classic - a ride up to the Brocken - is not to be missed. All of the other rides are arranged around the bike parks of the Harz Mountains. This results in a "win-win" situation when it comes to fun: first you can take a great mountain bike ride on action-packed trails before you are spat out into a bike park. From here, you can shred to your heart's content - or until you just can't shred anymore.
At the Walpurgis Night, the witches saddle their brooms and ride with their pitchfork and sacrificial animal to their dance ground, where they celebrate their wedding with the bubbling mood of the devil. Thale is, so to speak, the epicenter of mystical transmissions from the gruesome hustle and bustle of the witches, and one or another folk festival revolves around this theme. You can not just ride on the broom - it's worth it to saddle your mountain bike: Thale is one of the trail hotspots in the Harz mountains.The Bodetal is considered the "ruggedest rock valley north of the Alps". And it is one of the highlights of this tour, which, however, beforehand touches the historic old town of Blankenburg, the city that is considered the geographical center of the district of Harz and is ideally suited for a short break. Freshly strengthened, a crisp climb awaits you up to the Rappbodetalsperre and then the varied ups and downs through the beautiful Bodetal.The absolute highlight of the tour is the Rosstrappe downhill at the very end. To achieve that, it goes once upright rocky - short and painless and it is no shame, if you have to go down for a short time. The reward follows. The Rosstrappen Downhill is traditionally part of the German Downhill Cup and a real racetrack. The course is open all year round and thanks to the chairlift can also be used for a longer downhill training session. Today you use it as a reward for a challenging tour that you mastered with flying colors. The final downhill is technically quite demanding, however, all jumps and drops are reversible, so that less savvy drivers will arrive below. At the end it gets powerfully steep - brake on and enjoy!
This tour offers everything that makes mountain biking so great: from the relaxed, idyllic single trail in the midst of beautiful nature on rustic, warm hospitality to the sporty downhill descent is all there. Boredom is the last thing that gets you here.Let's start in Schulenberg, the small village in the Upper Harz, which does not exist anymore in its original form. Because in the 1950s, several districts were completely flooded to build the Okerstausees. Today, the center is located on the shore of the lake. With this in mind, it is a relaxed first uphill to earn you the altitude for a wonderfully flowige, no less than seven kilometers long descent.After so much enjoyment it will be quite challenging at the end of the tour. A crisp climb takes you up to the start of Racepark Schulenberg. This wonderfully family bike park offers different routes of different demands, so you will definitely find the right reward descent for you. From the rather flowigen singletrack ("hidden track") to the ambitious downhill descent, there is something for everyone. Marked clean, so you can decide spontaneously, which trail you want to follow.Back in Schulenberg we recommend the traditional traditional patisserie Café Muhs in Oberharz, where Barbara and Stefan Muhs serve their handmade delicacies with a wonderful view.
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This short tour takes you around St. Andreasberg, a small town in the Harz, which has much to offer. Not only is it the highest city in the Harz Mountains, it also has the latest bike park. And that is exactly the linchpin of the tour. Here you start and here you come back after work.In the meantime, enjoy yourself on a short round of lush meadows, great views and fun trails. The whole thing is framed by the beautiful nature around the climatic health resort - St. Andreasberg is known for its magnificent flower meadows, which shape the landscape in spring and summer.Back at the Matthias-Schmidt-Berg you can let off steam, if the tour has not been enough for you. On the five routes of the bike park you have the full choice. Whether flowiger Endurotrail or technical Downhillstrecke, you will find already the suitable for you or simply all try out. That should not be a problem, in fact: The tow lifts bring you back up again.
Granted, a ride on the Brocken is certainly not one of the most creative destinations in the Harz. But let's face it - Harz without chunks is like a beach holiday without beach and sea. And that's why this tour leads you right through the Harz National Park up to the highest mountain in northern Germany at 1141.2 meters.This tour is conditionally somewhat demanding, after all, you overcome up to the summit almost 800 meters. Technically, on the other hand, it is rather simple. Above, the best view you can get in the Harz awaits you. Incidentally, this does not only appeal to bikers. If you rather have peace and quiet on the way, it is best to start very early in the morning or in the evening, when the many hikers, who also want to enjoy the great view in good weather, are not there yet or are already gone again. As a bonus, you can then look forward to the golden light of dusk.The route is part of the "Volksbank Arena Harz" and a good example of the fact that you are really in the mood for biking here. 74 marked tours includes this arena, resulting in a network of 2200 kilometers. So if you want to let off steam - the Harz offers you everything you need.
Braunlage is located south of the Brocken in the middle of the Harz National Park and is one of the mountain bike hotspots of the northernmost low mountain range of Germany. Due to its central location in the Harz mountains, it's high up here: the highest point of this tour is 971 meters high. The is located on the Wurmberg, at the mountain station of the same mountain railway, which is also the start of four mega runs of the bike park Braunlage. But one after anonther.As you know, the best comes to the end. What we have built into this short, crisp Enduro round before, but also need not hide. For warmup you start on an idyllic path along the big Bode, before it goes uphill for the first time. At the top of the Achtermannshöhe you have already flattened 300 meters in altitude.It follows a flowiges up and down through the Harz National Park including historical highlight. The former inner German border reminds that one could not always drive around freely and enjoy nature here. With a little luck, you can also watch the Brockenbahn as it fights, snorting and steaming, to the high-lying Brocken station.Once you will still snort, then you have already reached the summit of Wurmberg. And now comes the well-deserved highlight of the tour: a 4.5 kilometer long descent down to the starting point of the round. You have the free choice. The tracks of the Bikepark Braunlage range from fun freeride downhill to challenging downhill pistes to the flowing enduro trail.
This single-track tour starts and ends at the valley station of the Hahnenklee Bike Park. This means: At the end of the tour, a really good descent awaits you. This also means: After that, the tour does not have to be over yet. If you still feel like it, just grab your bike, let it lift you up again and just check out the other bike park tracks until you can not.Before you can fully enjoy the wonderful nature around Hahnenklee in the Upper Harz. This good lap is perfect for that. After a short ups and downs, a simple but enjoyable descent awaits you, ending at the Granetalsperre. There you have wonderful views of the water and you can rest on the paved path around the dam a little before it goes over singletrack and farm roads up to the Bocksberg.At the mountain station of the Bocksberg cable car at 728 meters you have made it. Here you have the free choice of how you would like to end this tour. Do you decide for the tough downhill slope, for the fun freeride downhill or rather for the enjoyable flow trail?
For the wedding of the mining industry there was the so-called mountain freedom, which was to promote the mining industry and granted the miners certain privileges. A rather bizarre privilege was in some areas the right to brew their own beer. And that meant that there were once many breweries in the Upper Harz villages. This mountain freedom is ultimately to blame for the fact that many people know the "Clausthaler", a non-alcoholic beer whose name was chosen based on the old Municipal Brewery of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, but brewed in Frankfurt. All this mess reminds of how great the mountain freedom is that you can enjoy as a mountain biker here. Clearly and with much better privileges. And now we finally reach the decisive point.Privilege number one: You start in the beautiful university city and reach without great effort on a beautiful singletrack, which leads you mainly downhill along the innermost. Almost ten kilometers of flowing descent that ends in Lautenthal.Privilege number two: You can fill your drinking bottle with delicious spring water for free. The Wolfgangquelle makes it possible - where else is there?Privilege number three: You can decide for yourself after a crunchy uptake, whether you just fill your stomach or rather satisfy your thirst for knowledge about mining. Or just do both. In the "Maassener Geipel" there's the strengthening, next door lures the mining trail with exciting information. If you are more into action, you can easily make a little detour to the Hahnenklee Bike Park from here.Finally, you can enjoy privilege number four: a relaxed return journey in the middle of the idyllic nature of the Upper Harz. Past the ponds on the Liebesbankweg, it does not get much better.