The small village of Königshütte is located southwest of Elbingerode in idyllic surroundings at the confluence of the Warm and Cold Bode rivers.
In the unique Harz Mountains landscape, Königshütte offers a popular holiday destination for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers due to its direct location on the long-distance hiking trail 'Harzer-Hexen-Stieg' and surrounded by the lakes that were created as flood protection and transfer basins with the construction of the Rappbode Dam.
Situated above the confluence of the Cold and Warm Bode rivers, the ruins of Königsburg Castle offer visitors a magnificent view over the Harz region with the peaks of Mount Brocken and the Wurmberg. Directly below the 'Königsburg' ruins, the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg divides into the northern route towards Rübeland and the southern route towards Hasselfelde. Both routes reunite shortly before Altenbrak. Also below the castle ruins, the Cold Bode flows into the Warm Bode. The names of the rivers are no coincidence. The Cold Bode is actually 2° C colder on average than the Warm Bode.
A small artificial waterfall, about 20 m long, invites hikers to take a longer rest and linger. Above the barbecue and rest area, a small trail leads to another checkpoint of the 'Harzer Wandernadel' (Harz Mountains Walking Pin). Here, hikers can stamp his or her passbook to record their visit.
Learn more about Königshütte on the website of the Königshütte Tourist Information Office.