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The Achtermannshöhe is the fourth highest mountain in the Harz Mountains. It lies, so to speak, in the slipstream of the Brocken and of course enables a fantastic view of the big brother. The ascent from the parking lot in Oderbrück is rather a moderate walk. To be honest, it has to be said that the area around the Achtermannshöhe is very heavily infested with the bark beetle and the forest here is less beautiful. However, the panoramic view is fantastic.
The most beautiful thing is a visit to the Achtermannshöhe at sunrise. Then the sun comes up directly behind the Brocken.
February 3, 2021
From the tree-free summit of Achtermannshöhe you have a wonderful distant view of the Upper Harz, especially the Brocken and the Wurmberg. An absolute must for hikers. Depending on the route from Oderbrück or Königskrug, sturdy shoes and sure-footedness are advised; in particular, the final climb from the stamp site is not easy in wet / slippery conditions despite the railing.
January 9, 2020
Things can get spooky in the Harz at the end of November! You can also meet his "Brocken Ghost" on the Achtermann!
Explanations from Wikipedia:
The Brocken Ghost is an optical effect that was first observed and described on the Brocken by Johann Esaias Silberschlag in 1780:
“If the observer's shadow falls on a layer of fog or cloud, the shadow is not depicted by a solid surface, but by each drop of water in the haze individually. As a result, the brain cannot see the shadow stereoscopically and clearly overestimates the size. Movement of the air causes the shadow to move, even when the observer is standing still. This apparently own being can also float without any visible contact with the ground. The other physical conditions on the mountain, cool and humid air, silence, as well as the lack of orientation due to the lack of vision and the lack of neighboring mountains, reinforce the subjective impression of the apparent existence of a ghost. "
Another optical effect, called glory, often creates a colored ring of light around the shadow.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe climbed the Brocken (which is also called "Blocksberg" and is the Hexentanzplatz in Faust on Walpurgis Night) three times and was frightened by his own Brocken ghost - the name of the light phenomenon is said to go back to Goethe.
August 6, 2021
One of the most fantastic viewpoints ever. From the Achtermannshöhe you have a 360 ° view over the Harz. Brocken, Wurmberg or Torfhaus seem just a stone's throw away. Snack in this place is a must! At the foot of the height there is a refuge.
April 21, 2016
An absolute must for hikers in the Upper Harz. The last part of the summit climb is sometimes very difficult to manage in winter, despite the railings. Summit very promising in all directions, but especially to the Wurmberg and Brocken. Particularly beautiful: the steam clouds of the HSB locomotives.
January 19, 2020
The Achtermannhöhe can be easily reached from Königskrug or Oderbrück. Due to the cliffs and the overwhelming distant view of the Hochharz, it is an absolute must for every Harz hiker. Attention: When wet and freezing or below on the way from / to Oderbrück smoothness / ice sheets. Good footwear and attention necessary.
June 5, 2020
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