Route: Harzer-Hexen-Stieg (Germany)

Location
Germany
Distance
97 km
Vertical Gain
1755 m
Description

The Harzer-Hexen-Stieg is the best hiking trail to explore the magical and mystical world of the Harz: a true hiking adventure.

Wanderer auf dem Großen Torfhausmoor (Foto: HTV / M. Gloger)UNESCO Welterbe Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft - Pfauenteiche Luftbild (Foto: Harzwasserwerke)Infotafel am Harzer-Hexen-Stieg (Foto: HTV / M. Gloger)
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Wanderer auf dem Großen Torfhausmoor (Foto: HTV / M. Gloger)UNESCO Welterbe Oberharzer Wasserwirtschaft - Pfauenteiche Luftbild (Foto: Harzwasserwerke)Infotafel am Harzer-Hexen-Stieg (Foto: HTV / M. Gloger)
The legendary Brocken is just one of many highlights of the adventurous long distance hiking trail, which stretches across the whole Harz and the Harz National Park. Fans of fairy tales and legends will enjoy walking along the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg; while the “magical” landscape of the Harz will also fascinate nature lovers and hikers. The Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, combines nature, geology, history and culture, and is known for being a captivating cross-section through Germany’s most northern low mountain range.

Mixed green coniferous forests, rocky canyons and towering cliffs, millennia-old raised bogs as well as medieval half-timbered houses are located along the way. Evidence of more than a thousand years of mining history can be found at every turn. For example, the narrow ditches of the UNESCO World Heritage “Upper Harz Water Management System”, which was established during the 16th-18th century in order to accumulate water for the mining in the Harz.

Variations:

The "Standard point-to-point" route is 97 km between Osterode am Harz and Thale.  The "Complete" route is for covering all of the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg (as shown on our map).  If run continuously this will be about 174km with 2900m elevation gain.