Moors, forests & trails – a Trans Harz double whammy

Frank G.

Moors, forests & trails – a Trans Harz double whammy

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

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!

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

    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 mix of tradition and modernity, a really beautiful old town, countless sights and a variety of cultural events.Did you see enough? Then you can start: your resin adventure on a mountain bike. Get out of Goslar, into the beautiful nature. From the Steinberg tower you can get a first overview. A look back on Goslar, but above all, a look ahead to the forests and hills that await you in the process. You see quite right: Today, a few meters of altitude are waiting for you. But also many beautiful trails, beautiful views and even a really cool bike park!If you get up early enough and have enough power, it's well worth spending some time on the trails in the Hahnenklee Bike Park. Honestly, it would be worthwhile to spend a whole day here. There are plenty of places to stay in the health resort, so if you like it, there's nothing wrong with having a day on your trans-resin ride.Then it goes on. Many beautiful trails are waiting for you. You come again and again past picturesque ponds and lakes, roam the mountain and university town of Clausthal-Zellerfeld and can relax your legs in between on a dead straight, former railway line a little before you take behind Altenau the last, long climb of this stage in attack. Your destination for the day is the Harz Resort Torfhaus - in the middle of the Harz National Park with a direct view to Brocken and plenty of accommodation. There is hardly a better inspiration for the second trans-resin stage!

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    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 driveways and even more downhills are waiting for you. You drive over beautiful paths and challenging single trails, through a mysterious moorland and the Green Belt, once known as the death strip between the Federal Republic of Germany and the GDR. It is a great mix of nature and culture, garnished with the very best mountain bike action: At the latest in the bike park Braunlage you can also fully romp yourself sporty.In the nature reserve Harzer Bachtäler it is again really idyllic and if you feel like learning more about the former inner German border, worth a little later a small side trip to the Grenzmuseum Sorge. Then you slowly but surely take course to the waypoint. In between, beautiful viewpoints and cozy refreshment stops invite you for a short break.Arrived at the southern edge of the Harz you finally reach the Thuringian district town Nordhausen. If you have time, you can use it for a trip to the beautiful old town or a relaxing break in one of the many parks. The destination of the route will take you directly to the train station of Nordhausen, from where you have a very good connection to the railway network and, for example, back to the starting point of your Trans-Harz-stage trip to Goslar.

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  • Difficult
    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. But do not worry: the wonderful trails and paths and the beautiful nature are compensation enough for each single meter. In addition, this tour with almost 34 kilometers in length is rather short, so you can take it easy and have enough time to rest in between.There are plenty of reasons to take a break in between: an old mine invites you to immerse yourself in the region's past, and the picturesque Zillierbachtalsperre and other great vantage points are ideal opportunities to catch a breath of fresh air. And if you really run out of steam, here's a very cool Plan-B for you: From the train station Drei Annen Hohne, the historic Brockenbahn goes up to the Brocken station at 1,125 meters - and it takes bicycles!No matter how you get up here: on the Brocken you can enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the surrounding Harz National Park. If you stay at the Brockenhotel, you have another privilege. Once all Brocken tourists have made their way home, you will enjoy this special place completely undisturbed and in wonderful peace.

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    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 is really clear - to the Rothaargebirge and the Rhon. Have a nice breakfast and you're ready for stage 2 of your East-West-Harz crossing.The good thing about mountains is well known: Where it goes up for a long time, it goes down for a long time. This tour is the relaxed counterpart to the uphill first stage and the reward for many worked up altitude. Today it is very little uphill, but over long passages only downhill. A true pleasure that is again garnished by all sorts of exciting highlights.At the beginning you rattle with your wide tires about a very special eyewitness: The lawn grid plates of the former Grenzweg remind of the fact that this was once a military exclusion zone. Whether east or west - for many years people could only look at the chunk from a distance. Luckily these times are over.In the further course, you will always come across beautiful resting places: You could sit down on the shore of the Eckertalsperre and enjoy your own provisions or stop by at one of the cafés along the route. Slowly but surely you return to civilization until you finally reach Gosslar. From here you can easily take the train back to the starting point of the East-West Harz crossing to Blankenburg. If you've got the taste, you can enjoy even more resin by hanging the North-South version of this collection right behind.

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Collection Stats

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

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Moors, forests & trails – a Trans Harz double whammy