Hiking Highlight (Segment)

Recommended by 108 out of 113 hikers


  • codo786

    The Dammgraben not only runs above ground, it is also partly carried underground in so-called "water courses".

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    • September 6, 2017

  • Catharina

    The Dammgraben is part of the Upper Harz water shelf and was used to supply water to the Upper Harz mining industry. The path along the Graben is easy to walk, but is also popular with mountain bikers.

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    • April 28, 2019

  • codo786

    The dam was 25 km long, now it is due to shortening (underground sections) still about 19 km.

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    • September 6, 2017

  • Torsten

    The Dammgraben is the longest man-made ditch in the Upper Harz.
    Its original total length was about 25 km.

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    • January 7, 2018

  • Radreiter

    The path leads with a very small slope along the Oker. Along the way there are numerous information signs for mining at that time.

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    • May 19, 2018

  • Peter Korte

    This is where the ditch begins.

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    • May 27, 2018

  • Jan Grote

    The Harz water shelf was formerly used to power pumps to pump groundwater out of mining pits and tunnels.

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    • July 12, 2018

  • Jörg R.

    The path along the dike runs almost completely horizontally, because it naturally follows the water. After several climbing routes that was just relaxing, undemanding to walk. But in the long run the little adventures are missing.

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    • August 5, 2018

  • Peter geologus I.

    The Grabenwege and especially the Dammgraben are uniquely beautiful hiking trails and something very special - there is hardly any such thing in other mountains.

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    • December 21, 2018

  • Wanderkönigin mit höherem Ziel

    The path is one of the most beautiful in the Harz.
    Silently (in some places even silently) the water flows next to you. The path is almost flat, which represents a great recreational opportunity after the slopes. There are 2 stamps to pick here (133 and 149) and interesting information about mining in the Harz.
    I was here in winter, in spring and in summer and I will come back in the fall.

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    • June 9, 2019

  • Andreas

    Interesting building! Many people have built on it for decades!

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    • August 28, 2019

  • Wandervogel

    beautiful path along the Dammgrabens past historic places of the Harz water shelf

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    • December 6, 2019

  • Diana und Jörg

    Very nice way to hike.

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    • January 10, 2020

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Best Hiking Routes to Dammgraben

Location: Altenau, Goslar, Harz Mountains, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany


  • Distance0.68 mi
  • Uphill100 ft
  • Downhill75 ft

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