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Along the Harz Witches Trail incl. Brocken ascent

Journey

Travel time
8 days/ 7 nights
Travel period
01.04.2020 - 31.10.2020
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Total length of tour
105 km
Characteristics of the tour
Level of difficulty: easy – averagePlace-to-place tourAugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)Top-Tour (popular tour)
  • View of the Brocken

  • Sperberhaier dyke in the Harz Mountains

  • Hiker in the Harz Mountains

  • Hikers in the Harz Mountains

  • Scenery in the Harz Mountains closed to Rübeland

  • Scenery along the Harz Witches Trail between Treseburg and Thale

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What to expect

One of the most beautiful and popular hiking regions – the Harz Mountains – is located right in the middle of Germany. Famous medieval towns with half-timbered houses make a fascinating cultural contrast to the mystic forests of the Harz Mountains. Already back in medieval times, the region had advanced into a hiking paradise due to well-signposted hiking routes thousands of kilometres in length.

One of the most famous hiking trails of the Harz region is the Harz Witches Trail. This trail leads you from West to East, crossing the entire Harz Mountains and winding 100 kilometres on old trade trails through the upper Harz region. Along the way, you will also climb the highest mountain peak of the area – the "Brocken". For the third time, the Harz Witches Trail has received the certificate "quality trail" by the German Hiking Association in 2014.

This walking trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.

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Detailed tour description

Day 1: Individual arrival in Osterode
Surrounded by the well maintained city walls, the historic center of Osterode offers a beautiful setting for a leisurely stay with coffee and cake. In the old town of Osterode you find the historic market square, many half-timbered houses, churches and a pedestrianized area.

Day 2: Osterode – Clausthal-Zellerfeld (approx. 16 km, walking time: approx. 4 hrs)
Today, you start your hike uphill along the Harz Witches Trail following old trade routes, where you can see the first parts of the "Oberharzer Wasserregal". This water system, which has been established in the 16th century, serves to detour and store water. You then reach the university city of Clausthal-Zellerfeld and can visit Germany’s largest church, the Marktkirche zum Heiligen Geist.

Day 3: Clausthal-Zellerfeld – Altenau (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 5 hrs)
Leaving Clausthal-Zellerfeld, a town in the mountains, you mainly walk along forest paths and narrow trails without descending or ascending significantly and follow the fascinating dyke ditch of this region. Passing the chaly beate spring the Harz Witches Trail will then reach the city of Altenau with its herb park.

Day 4: Altenau – Brocken (approx. 20 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
Today, as the highlight of your walking holidays, you will climb up to Harz’ highest mountain taking the Goethe Trail. The trail, which is named after the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (who – by the way – undertook many trips to this region), leads you through the upland moor and up the mountain peak of the Brocken Mountain, which is located in the center of the Harz National Park. If the weather is on your side, the magnificent view of the Harz Mountains will compensate for the challenging ascent. After enjoying some refreshment on the plateau, you will then start the more comfortable part of the day. The Harz narrow-gauge railway with its steam engine brings you down numerous curves until you reach the train station of Schierke.

Day 5: Schierke – Rübeland (approx. 21 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
On the 5th day of your walking holidays along the Harz Witches Trail, you pass the "Trudenstein" mountain, which has a beautiful distant view in store for you. You then hike downhill to reach the waterfall in Königshütte. Afterwards, you follow the Bode river where you can recognize the landscape changes because of the limestone quarries that are still used today. Hiking through Tiefenbachtal you can enjoy a fantastic view on your milestone Rübeland with its worth seeing stalactite caves from the viewpoint Hoher Kleef.

Day 6: Rübeland – Treseburg (approx. 20 km, walking time: approx. 5.5 hrs)
In today’s section of the Harz Witches Trail you wander along idyllic forest – and meadow paths through the area of "old mining" with its numerous geological features. You walk along the Bode river following small, wide and high paths. Passing the dam in Wendefurth, you reach the town of Treseburg.

Day 7: Treseburg – Thale (approx. 10 km, walking time: approx. 3 hrs)
During the last day of your walking holidays, you hike through the Bodetal, which steeped in legends. High granite rocks line along the small path at the river. Your today’s destination is Thale. For a nice ending of your tour, we recommend you visit either the fairy ring or the granite rock "Rosstrappe2. From your hiking destination Thale you reach Quedlinburg within very short time via train or bus. There, you can alternatively stay overnight.

Day 8: Individual departure
Take your time to review your memories of the journey along the Harz Witches Trail before departure. You have the possibility to prolong your walking holidays with some additional nights, e.g. in Quedlinburg or other towns along the Harz Witches Trail from Osterode to Thale. We will gladly book further overnight stays for you so please do not hesitate to ask us!

This walking trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.



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Services

Services included

  • Welcome surprise
  • 7x overnight stays in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 7x continental breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your walking tours
  • GPS data on request
  • 1 package with maps and information material per room (in English language)
  • 24-hours-service-hotline during your walking holidays

Bookable value-added services for these walking tours along the Harz Witches Trail

Please feel free to add the following value-added services to the basic travel package to personalize your walking holidays throughout the Harz Mountains: 

  • Additional nights at every overnight location according to the tour description as well as in Quedlinburg or Wernigerode

Prices of these value-added services are detailed under the tab "Quotes".

Further advice on this walking tour in the Harz Mountains

  • Please note that in certain cities along the walking route from Wernigerode to Quedlinburg compulsory city, tourist or occupancy taxes are required to be paid. Unless otherwise indicated, these taxes are not included in our prices and have to be paid directly to the hotel.

This walking trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.

 


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Quotes

Prices for services included

incl. luggage transfer
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Price validity: 01.04.2020 to 31.10.2020
499.00 € per person
639.00 € per person
Single traveller
719.00 € per person

Prices for additional nights

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Sgl per night/person
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Osterode
55.00 €
77.00 €
Clausthal-Zellerfeld
55.00 €
77.00 €
Altenau
44.00 €
61.00 €
Schierke
55.00 €
77.00 €
Rübeland
44.00 €
61.00 €
Treseburg
44.00 €
61.00 €
Thale
55.00 €
77.00 €
Quedlinburg
70.00 €
105.00 €

Prices for transfer services

 
Price
Thale - Osterode (inclusive price 1 - 3 persons)
180.00 €
Thale - Osterode (inclusive price 4 - 8 persons)
220.00 €


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More information about our walking holidays in the Harz Mountains

Map of our German hiking regions where AugustusTours organizes walking holidays

In the footsteps of witches through the mystic Harz Mountains!

Smack-bang in the middle of Germany one can find one of the most famous hiking regions of Germany: the Harz Mountains. The Harz National Park stretches over 10 percent of the total area of the Harz Mountains and encircles the 1,141 meter high Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany. Across the states of Lower Saxony and Saxony Anhalt a primeval forest has emerged again.

The magic of the Harz National Park lies hidden in the "Green heart of Germany" for you to discover. Rugged granite cliffs, mountain pines, misty moors and deep valleys with babbling brooks are some of the characteristics of the Harz Mountains. Hiking and mountain bike trails wind through dense forests and lead to high mountain peaks. Rivers and lakes provide ideal places to cool down on hot summer days. 

Further information about the Harz Witches' Trail

One of the most famous hiking trails in the Harz Mountains is the Harz Witches' Trail (Harzer Hexen Stieg), which winds 100 kilometres (approx. 60 miles) on old trade trails through the upper Harz region. The Harz Witches' Trail is generally well signposted with a white symbol of a witch, painted on painted on tree trunks or indicated on signs. For the third time, the Harz Witches Trail has received the certificate "quality trail" by the German Hiking Association in 2014.

Logo of the most famous hiking trail in the Harz Mountains - the Harz Witches TrailThe Harz Witches Trail leads you from West to East, crossing the entire Harz Mountains. It starts in the medieval half-timbered town of Osterode, which lies between the barrier lake "Sösestausee", the mountain formation "Südharzer Karstgebirge" and the sunny valley "Lerbachtal" in the southern part of the Harz. Along the way, it furthermore passes the former mining region of the area and numerous ponds and ditches that belong to the so-called "Oberharzer Wasserregal". Moreover, the Harz Witches Trail leads hikers through upland moor, the preserved region of the Harz Mountains and even up to the highest mountain peak of the area – the "Brocken Mountain". Finally, the hiking trail finds it end in Thale, a town in Saxony-Anhalt, which is famous for its fairy ring and lovely Bodetal.

Famous cities of the Harz Mountains

  • Wernigerode can be the starting point of your walking holidays through the Harz Mountains. The often called "Bunte Stadt am Harz", which means "the colourful town in the Harz foothills", lies in the northern part of the Harz Mountains. Get to know the very special charms of this beautiful city: In an unparalleled fascination and variety, splendid timber-framed houses dating back to the 15th century compete for the observer's attention.
  • In Quedlinburg you will achieve the end of your walking holidays through the Harz Mountains. The 1,000-year-old town lies at the north-eastern edge of the Harz Mountains and presents a lively mix of past and future eras. The buildings of Romanesque, 1,300 half-timbered houses and villas of the early days of Art Nouveau, tell the history and culture of bygone eras. To contrast this architecture is a young and fascinating unique ambience; of the art scene.

More information about our walking holidays

Since 2007 we have been offering walking holidays as self-guided tours in English language and thereby have gained a lot of experience with foreign travellers. If you are interested in booking a hiking tour in the Harz Mountains we would be glad to become your travel partner! All you need to worry about are arrival, departure and a good pair of hiking boots – the entire rest you can leave up to us!

We will organise the reservation of your hotels, the transport of your luggage and if necessary lunch packages, transfers or further services. If you want to know more about our walking holidays in general or get more details information about our hiking tours in the Harz Mountains, please feel free to contact us!

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