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The Harz Witches Trail

One of the 'Top Trails of Germany', the Harz Witches Trail crosses a magical region famed for fairy tales, witches and legends. Traverse the Harz Mountains National Park from Osterode to Thale taking in evergreen and coniferous forests, rocky canyons, towering cliffs, medieval half-timbered villages and the famous Brocken. The highest peak in the Harz Mountains, the Brocken is the focal point of the pagan Walpurgis night festival, when according to myth, witches and devils abound. A hike through the Bodetal gorge is a wonderful finale before reaching your end destination of Quedlinburg, the jewel in the crown of the Harz's traditional villages and towns. Spend your evenings reflecting on the highlights of the trail over a hearty German meal and a beer or local schnapps. The Harz Witches Trail is the best way to experience this often-overlooked region of Germany.
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19.7 km
5:30 h
557 m
209 m

Walk along an old mining road via the Herzen Steig to the Sperberhaier Dammhaus, from there you will catch the bus back to Altenau. 

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Hiking Route · Harz
Walk to Brocken
22.3 km
6:25 h
657 m
88 m

Walk to the summit of the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz mountains, take the legendary Brocken Railway to Schierke

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Hiking Route · Harz
Walk to Königshütte
Top moderate
16.2 km
4:15 h
0 m
698 m

Travel back to Brocken on the steam train, from there descend on foot to Königshütte via the village of Dre Annen Hohne 

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Hiking Route · Harz
Walk to Neuwerk
Top easy
11.7 km
3:20 h
168 m
228 m

Walk to the historic mining village of Neuwerk, stop to see the Baumannshöhle and Hermannshöhle caves en route 

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Hiking Route · Harz
Walk to Treseburg
Top moderate
14.9 km
4:20 h
160 m
279 m

Enjoy crossing the Rappbodetalsperre before walking along a forest path to Treseburg.

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Hiking Route · Harz
Walk to Thale
Top moderate closed
12.1 km
4:45 h
459 m
308 m

Embark on the final section of the Harz Witches Trail, along Imposing rock faces and babbling brooks to reach Thale, from there take a train to ...

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