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Logically, you also have the best view from the highest point far and wide. If, yes, if it weren't for the problem with the fog. There was a year when the highest peak of the Harz was covered in fog for a whole 330 days. Not least because of his foggy days, even Heinrich Heine was accused of the following sentence: "Many stones, tired legs, no prospects, Heinrich Heine". We too have only been lucky with the view once so far, although there have already been ten ascents.
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 (NRW). From the outside, the Brocken is quite round at 1,141 meters, with a radio tower and a radar dome on top - one reason why you can recognize it immediately from many vantage points in the Harz Mountains.
It is said about the Brocken that an Icelandic or alpine climate prevails here due to its exposed location. Without a doubt, it is a place of extreme weather conditions, comparable to an alpine peak around 2,000 meters. As a result, you always have to reckon with short-term onsets of winter, except in the midsummer months. So: It's usually cold on the Brocken. Or foggy. Or both. So be sure to bring warm clothes.
If you can only manage one route, you can take the famous Harz narrow-gauge railway back (to Schierke, Drei Annen Hohne, Wernigerode). The most beautiful ascent leads up from Ilsenburg via the Heinrich-Heine-Weg, the most demanding from Schierke via the Eckerlochstieg and the easiest from Torfhaus via the Goetheweg.
February 2, 2021
It really doesn't get any higher in the Harz Mountains.
From here you can watch wonderful sunrises and sunsets.
September 1, 2020
Especially worth a visit outside the weekends, in good weather at the weekend totally overcrowded.
Observe weather, summit often disappeared very fast in the clouds.
May 25, 2017
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
I was up here for the first time in 50 years and saw nothing 🤪
Stamp number 9 was the last one for the Wanderkaiser.
From now on here more often😂
February 15, 2020
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
The Brocken is always worth a tour. It is especially nice to stay at the Brockenhotel.
April 24, 2016
Especially in winter you can see incredible pictures
December 31, 2017
Sunrise and sunset ... that should be done here on the Brocken times :-)
August 2, 2018
From the highest peak of the Harz (1141 m) you have a great view. In the "Brockenkantine" you get something for the small and big hunger, before it goes downhill again.
October 7, 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 highest in the Harz with a magical attraction for all ages. There is also a train station on the summit, 2 restaurants, a hotel, a museum and interesting outdoor facilities. About 50 days a year there is good visibility and fog.
April 24, 2017
If the weather is right, you can take great pictures here.
December 4, 2021
An ascent that is always worthwhile. Read the weather forecast beforehand is very important.
February 26, 2017
The highest in the Harz with a magical attraction for all ages. There is also a narrow-gauge railway to the summit (41, - Euro or 26, - one way). Upstairs there are several restaurants, a hotel, a museum and interesting outdoor facilities.
April 24, 2017
The Brockenhaus is the oldest weather station in Germany.
April 24, 2017
A very popular hiking destination with a great view.
December 29, 2016
Not only a highlight during the day, even at full moon at night
July 28, 2018
It doesn't get any higher in the Harz, a highlight in almost any weather
March 6, 2020
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
Excellent view! At 1142m above sea level there is also the stamping point no. 9 of the HWN.
January 7, 2017
Unfortunately, many only dare to go up during the day, although the Brocken peak has its charm at night, especially when there is a full moon - especially in winter!
The five (!) of the more than 8460 pictures were taken by me and are actually well done, right?😉
September 5, 2017
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