The Harz is the most northerly upland of central Europe. More than 1,000 metres high, it rises well above its surroundings and is visible from afar. Its highest point, the Brocken (1,141 m) is even above the natural forest line. Its summit is covered by subalpine dwarf shrub heathland free of trees. Wurmberg, Achtermannshöhe and Bruchberg are other distinct summits higher than 900 metres. They lie within the realm of mountain spruce forests, as does the Kleine Brocken.
In Harz National Park, a wilderness of fascinating extent and beauty is developing. Here, a natural landscape exceptional in Central Europe is evolving on nearly 250 km2. The national park protects these valuable areas permanently in order to allow nature to develop freely and to preserve biodiversity.
The ascent of the Brocken via the Goethe trail is rightly regarded as a highlight by many visitors to the Harz. Countless cultural sights and fascinating natural phenomena are found along the route like pearls on a string. This hiking app will help you discover the numerous small and big, visible and invisible wonders at the wayside.
The Summit Walk just keeps going from one mountain top to the next. Starting at the Ettersberg (482 m) and Scharfenstein (698 m) at the northern edge of the Harz mountain range this demanding and unique hike will lead you to seven prominent Harz summits. You will be rewarded with magnificent vistas and views and lots of unspoilt scenery.
You can experience the beauty and fascination of wild nature particularly well on small hiking and mountain tracks on the “Hohnekamm” in Harz National Park. Follow us on a hike right into the middle of an area that lynx are exploring again these days, in which they are hunting for prey, but are always avoiding people. The route goes through typical lynx habitat, past rocks, bogs and through wild forests.