The Brocken Mountain: home to legends, nature and history.

Visible from afar the magical mountain scenery of the Harz Mountains rises from the north German plain. The striking summit of the Brocken which is often shrouded in mist stands majestic.

The Brocken is the highest mountain in the Harz Mountains at 1,141 meters above sea level. Due to its location and climate, the forest-free summit is similar to that of northern latitudes. The Harz is often referred to as a Scandinavian mountain range in the heart of Germany. It is home to a variety of natural rarities of sedges, moss and lichen species and the Brocken Anemone.

Unique is the Brocken garden that was founded in 1890. Over 1,600 alpine plants from all over the world have found a home here and are maintained by the Harz National Park. From mid-May to mid-October, tours are offered here on Mondays to Fridays at 11.30am and 2.00pm. Also during the daily tour with a National Park ranger around the summit, a tour of the Brocken garden is included.

Storms have buffeted the lonely standing summit since time immemorial. Mist often shrouds the Brocken creating a mystical glow. Optical illusions such as the infamous Brocken Spectre have put fear and terror into earlier visitors. The Brocken still exudes a magical attraction, where you will meet again witches, devils and other mystical figures.

The steam train to the Brocken is the most convenient way to reach the summit. There are various attractive routes for hikers while mountain bikers use the summit as a challenge. In Schierke there are horse-drawn carriages to the summit.

Visitors to the Brocken should be prepared for cooler temperatures and rapid weather changes. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended.

Schierker Baude

The Schierker Baude (hostel) is located on the outskirts of Schierke, surrounded by forest, close to the Harz National Park. It...