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Moors, forests & trails – a Trans Harz double whammy

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Moors, forests & trails – a Trans Harz double whammy

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

4

Tours

15:56 h

104 mi

12,600 ft

Rocky gorges, mysterious upland moors, wide forests and medieval half-timbered towns –
The enchanting Harz region is the setting of many mysterious fairy tales and legends for good reason. In this Collection, we won’t tell you forgotten fables, instead, we will show you how to cross the Harz on your mountain bike – twice!

Our east-west route is a little shorter and therefore the best choice if you have never crossed a mountain in bikepacking style before. The north-south route, on the other hand, is a bit longer and has more meters of climbing making it a nice challenge for more experienced bikers. If you can't get enough, ride both routes one after the other, making a total of four stages which take you deep into the Harz Mountains.

We have mapped out both routes to start and end at a railway station so you can easily reach your adventure without a car, even if you combine all four routes into one journey.
At the end of each stage you will always find a place to stop and stay overnight so you can end the day in comfort and re-energize for the next day.

The Harz Mountains are the highest mountains in Northern Germany. Of course, you won’t encounter alpine conditions here, but there are still a few meters of altitude to master. It won’t hurt to have a basic level of fitness before taking on the challenge. You should also take enough provisions and spare parts with you. Although civilization is never far away, it’s better to be on the safe side. You will ride through some more remote parts of the Harz National Park. Along the way, you can stop off at bike parks to meet fellow cyclists and find technical assistance if you need it.

Now pack your warm clothes and rainwear in your luggage and the Harz fun can begin!

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Trans Harz double whammy

104 mi

12,625 ft

12,675 ft

Last updated: December 20, 2021

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  • Difficult
    04:39
    27.7 mi
    6.0 mph
    4,400 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    If you start on a tour through the Harz, we can hardly imagine a better starting point than Goslar. If you have the time, we can highly recommend you arrive a bit earlier and set out on a journey of discovery through the vibrant World Heritage site on the Harz. In Goslar you can expect an impressive

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    39.8 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,475 ft
    5,500 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The birds are chirping, the sun is shining for the first time behind the treetops, and you are enjoying a delicious breakfast while your gaze wandering across the woods around you to Brocken - can a day start better? Hardly likely. But he can go on even better!

    

    The prerequisites are given: Today, many

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    21.1 mi
    5.3 mph
    3,750 ft
    675 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The first leg of our East-West bikepacking adventure through the Harz begins in the cozy "flower town" Blankenburg. From here it goes straight to the point: The goal of the tour is the Brocken and that's why you collect height meters right from the start.

    

    The pure facts speak for a strenuous uphill tour

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  • Intermediate
    01:47
    15.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    3,850 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    One night on the highest mountain in Northern Germany - that alone is pure adventure! If you get up early enough from the soft bed, the new day starts spectacularly: From the summit of the Brocken you have with a bit of luck a breathtaking view of the Thuringian Forest, the Weserbergland and - if it

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    104 mi
  • Duration
    15:56 h
  • Elevation
    12,600 ft

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