Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The Brocken circular hiking trail in the border area of Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt is an excellent panorama trail leading from the Brocken train station through the slopes and to the highest peak in the north of Germany.
Almost two million people visit the Brocken annually, but despite mass tourism, the fascination of this exceptional mountain, which takes its name from the break and moorland areas on the western slope, is unbroken from a hiking perspective - provided you get up early.
Up until the end of the 19th century, the ascent to the Brocken was relatively natural on foot, on horseback or on mules; from 1885 a horse-drawn bus drove up the Brocken every day when there was no snow, and rail traffic was opened in 1898: the Brocken Railway runs up to ten times a day the highest Harz summit and hurls its clouds of smoke into the forests of the national park.
December 26, 2019
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