Journey to the Brocken
Enjoy the unforgettable and spectacular ascent of northern Germany’s highest mountain
Stretching across northern Germany for a distance of a 110 kilometres, the spectacular Harz mountain range is a destination that is as renowned for its breath-taking natural beauty as it is for the ecological diversity of its landscapes. Now a protected national park, the Harz Mountains offer an unforgettable experience for all who visit, but the popularity of the Brocken, the highest peak in the range, has attained almost legendary status.
Located almost centrally within the range, the Brocken lies a
little over seven mile southwest of the charming town of
Wernigerode. Although only 1,141 metres high the Brocken possesses
a cold Alpine microclimate more typically associated with mountains
twice as high. Nevertheless this has not undermined the Brocken's
continual popularity with visitors since the first documented
ascent was made in the sixteenth century.
Naturally, the Brocken remains a popular destination for hikers, climbers and outdoors sports enthusiasts but for the less physically fit a scenic narrow-gauge steam railway ferries many of the mountains' visitors from Wernigerode in order to admire its majestic beauty and enjoy the numerous visitor attractions that have been established since the Brocken's first hotel opened in 1862.
Today, ascending the Brocken is an experience both unmissable and unforgettable. A 1.5 kilometre walking path circles the summit to provide awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Harz Mountains and national park.