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Logically, you have the best view from the highest point far and wide. If, yes, if it wasn't for the fog problem. There was a year when the highest peak in the Harz Mountains was covered in fog for 330 days. Not least because of the foggy days that Heinrich Heine wrote: "Lots of stones, tired legs, no view, Heinrich Heine". So far, we have only had luck with the view once, although we have already climbed ten times.
However, if you catch one of the few days with a clear view, you can see 163 kilometers from the Brocken plateau to the Kahler Asten (North Rhine-Westphalia). From the outside, the Brocken is quite round at 1,141 meters, on top of which there is a radio tower and a radome - one reason why you can immediately recognize it from many vantage points in the Harz Mountains.
It is said of the Brocken that, due to its exposed location, there is an Icelandic or Alpine climate. Without a doubt, it is a place of extreme weather conditions, comparable to an alpine peak around 2,000 meters. This means that you always have to reckon with brief onset of winter except for the midsummer months. So: It's usually cold on the Brocken. Or foggy. Or both. So take warm clothes with you.
Anyone who can only manage one route can take the famous Harz narrow-gauge railway back (to Schierke, Drei Annen Hohne, Wernigerode). The most beautiful ascent leads from Ilsenburg over the Heinrich-Heine-Weg, the most demanding from Schierke via the Eckerlochstieg and the easiest from Torfhaus via the Goetheweg.
February 2, 2021
Especially on weekends and bank holidays it can be very crowded on the Brocken. If you do not like it, you should either visit the highest mountain in northern Germany before 11:00 am (arrival of the first train) or after 5:00 pm. Incidentally, the sunrises and sunsets are an absolute highlight ... if there is no fog.
November 20, 2016
The highest peak in northern Germany offers a clear view, especially on clear days. Who prefers to go during the week, because it can be a bit crowded at weekends. Worthwhile, because of the many climbing passages is the climb over the Eckerlochstieg.
December 10, 2016
If you want to check the weather beforehand, you can also find three webcams on the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen website (hsb-wr.de) by clicking on the camera icon (to the left of the shopping cart):
- Camera Brocken station
(with information on temperature, wind strength and visibility)
- Brocken plateau (valley view) and
- Brocken plateau (Brockenstein)
It is usually worth taking a look before the ascent. ;-)
June 4, 2017
The weather above can be completely different from the weather at the beginning. We have already started in warmth and bright sunshine to arrive in the fog in stormy wind and grim cold. In any case, take another warm jacket / sweater.
The best time is the early morning. After that it can be overrun in the holiday season.
January 22, 2017
The view from the Brocken in good weather is incredible, but unfortunately the summit is very often in the fog. By the way, thicker clothing is also important up here in summer, because a cold, often very strong wind blows almost always. The lazier ones among you can take the Brockenbahn to the summit.
August 14, 2016
If you want to go for the Brocken, you should choose a day when good weather is on the summit. Then you meet a lot of interesting people and have a very good view in almost all directions. It's also interesting in foggy weather, but you can not see your hand in front of your eyes when the clouds whistle through the cleared forest path.
February 24, 2017
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