Schnarcherklippe (HWN 014)

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Recommended by 435 out of 443 hikers


  • Fabian

    A real highlight in the region: the snorer cliffs, which even Goethe in Faust I and Faust II (and the cliffs that bend over, and the long rock noses, how they snore, how they blow!). Located between the Barenberg and the Mäuseklippen, you reach the Schnarchenklippen relatively quickly after starting in misery. Even if the ascent may seem a bit daunting: a climb is really worthwhile. From the top of the cliffs - you are then standing at about 700m above sea level - the view towards Elend, Schierke, Wurmberg and Bodetal is really breathtaking. As the ascent goes over stairs and metal steps, sure-footedness and a little head for heights are absolutely necessary.

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    • August 28, 2017

  • Gabriele

    The Schnarcherklippen are an impressive, two-towered granite rock formation (up to 671 m above sea level) near Schierke in the Harz Mountains in the district of Harz in Saxony-Anhalt.
    The two approximately 20 m apart and about 25 m to 28 m high rock towers of the snorer cliffs belong to the Brockengranitstock and have a significant Wollsack weathering on. (Due to the interaction of physical and chemical processes, edge-rounded blocks of rock, which are stacked on top of each other like pillows, mattresses or just like woolen sacks, are created during the weathering of the woolly sack). A special feature of the cliffs is the deflection of the compass needle from its north direction due to the presence of magnetite in the rock. When the wind blows from the south-east, the cliffs generate strange noises, which were the inspiration for the naming.
    Occasionally climbers practice on the snorer cliffs.

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    • August 4, 2018

  • Peter

    Just climb up and enjoy the view!

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    • April 1, 2019

  • Norman II.

    Nice view to Brocken.

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    • October 1, 2017

  • Evildeadchen

    Climb the cliff and enjoy the view

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    • December 24, 2017

  • Nebelsang Adventures

    The Schnarcherklippen are an impressive, two-towered granite rock formation (up to 671 m above sea level) near Schierke in the Harz mountains in the district of Harz in Saxony-Anhalt. 😃

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    • March 29, 2018

  • Jake the hiker

    From the summits of the snorer cliffs you have a great panoramic view

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    • August 21, 2018

  • John

    Schnarcherklippen - pay good, walk over ladder, beautiful view across Schierke

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    • October 23, 2018

  • ThomasB

    Always a bit crowded, because easy to reach from Schierke. The cliffs themselves can be climbed. Be it as a mountaineer or as a "normal person" on stairs.

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    • December 22, 2018

  • Schotte

    Very nice around Bick.

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    • June 3, 2019

  • Stefan (Torte I.)

    Above misery on Barenberg is the snorer cliff. This is a ladder and man has a great outlook on the Wurmberg

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    • March 4, 2017

  • Martin

    Absolutely worth seeing, a worthwhile visit. Tip for climbers: bring your own equipment!

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    • October 19, 2019

  • JR56

    South of Schierke in the Harz are the worth seeing Schnarcherklippen, two about 20 meters apart from each other about 25 meters high rock towers. They belong to the Brockengranitstock and rise above the Elendstal 671 meters above sea level. The western rock can be conquered only by climbers, on the eastern one can climb on a steep iron ladder. But you should be free of vertigo. From the top you have a fantastic view of Schierke, the Brockenmassiv and the Wurmberg. The best way to reach this attraction from Schierke or take the trail of misery through the idyllic nature reserve Elendsta in Ostharzl.The name comes from the snoring sounds when the wind comes from the southeast. The problem is, however, to use a compass to determine the wind direction, because the compass needle is deflected by the snorer cliffs. The reason for this lies in the enrichment of rocks with magnetite (iron ore) and their magnetization by lightning strikes. The snorer cliffs were also visited by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on his third trip to the Harz and found in his works Faust I and Faust II mention:"See the trees behind trees,
    as they move quickly,
    and the cliffs that bend over,
    and the long rock noses,
    how they snore, how they blow! "

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    • November 2, 2019

  • Evildeadchen

    Stamp office of the Harzer hiking nobility

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    • February 28, 2018

  • Klaus

    ... the point is where the rock changes the magnetic needle ... (WA II 9.236).
    This is probably due to deposits of magnetic iron ore in the granite. But lightning strikes should also be responsible for that. Interesting anyway ...

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    • April 27, 2018

  • Mhenke

    You have a good view from up there. If you are afraid of heights then you have to overcome yourself but it is possible.

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    • May 21, 2018

  • Holger

    A nice place for a break!

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    • May 27, 2018

  • Gruetzmuetz

    It is like a lookout tower, given only by nature. Ideally cut down pastries and then up the ladders.

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    • May 28, 2018

  • McLeod

    One of the two snorer cliffs is accessible via ladders. From the top there is a magnificent view over the treetops.

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    • July 9, 2018

  • codo786

    The Schnarcherklippen are stamping point 14 of the Harzer hiking nobility and only about 1 km away is the stamp office 20 Barenberg.

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    • August 15, 2018

  • Holger

    Always an adventure in itself. Absolutely up!

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    • April 3, 2017

  • codo786

    The stamp office 14 Schnarcherklippen is only approx. 1 km away from the stamp office 20 Barenberg.

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    • August 15, 2018

  • FUR

    great view to Brocken and au Schierke

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    • October 17, 2018

  • 🐢Der Molli 🐢

    Who climbs these cliffs will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Brocken and Schierke. Not recommended in strong winds!

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    • April 18, 2019

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Location: Schierke, Harz, Harz Mountains, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany


  • Elevation670 m

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