Hiking Highlight

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Recommended by 96 out of 101 hikers


  • Klausi

    Unfortunately, the valley does not belong to the national park.

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    • September 10, 2020

  • Bergziege3....

    After a steep ascent of misery or descent from the snorer cliffs, you will be rewarded here on the Barenberg with a great view over the Elendstal.

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    • October 10, 2016

  • Holger

    A nice place for a break!

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    • May 27, 2018

  • Gabriele

    Beautiful path along the cold Bode. Beautiful in every season.

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    • July 27, 2018

  • Korngiebel

    The Elendstal is a nature reserve in the valley of the Cold Bode between the villages of Upper Elend and Schierke. Here you can still find the typical for the resin mixed forest, which had to give way in many other Harzgegenden the fast-growing spruce to quench the wood needs of the mines. The natural riverbed is bordered by large boulders and the mountains around the valley are surrounded by mighty cliffs.
    The legend says that on one of these cliffs lived an enchanted maiden, who made valuable presents to the poor travelers at night. In Goethe's "Faust" the Elendstal was immortalized as a place of action of the Walpurgisnacht. Today the wild-romantic mountain valley is a popular hiking trail and in winter a paradise for cross-country skiers.
     Above the Elendstal was the Elendsburg in the Middle Ages. Today, only a few ditches and boulders testify to this fortress built by Benedictine monks.

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    • October 28, 2018

  • Chris

    A must in the eastern Upper Harz. Scenic valley of the Kalten Bode between Schierke and Elend with mixed forest. There is nothing to add to Korngiebel's detailed tip.

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    • January 8, 2020

  • Ralph

    wild and romantic river valley in the middle of the most beautiful deciduous forest!

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    • March 26, 2020

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