© Mandy Leonhardt, Tourismusbetrieb der Stadt Oberharz am Brocken

Circular hiking trail stave church of Stiege

Short facts

  • start: parking spots at the station of Stiege
  • destination: parking spots at the station of Stiege
  • easy
  • 3,21 km
  • 50 minutes
  • 501 m
  • 478 m
  • Loop tour

best season

Small circular route through the village of Stiege along the Lake Stiege directly to the stave church of Stiege.

Entertaining, eventful and relaxed - the approx. 3.2 km short circular hiking trail takes you through the tranquil Harz town of Stiege. Your hike starts right at the Stiege train station (Selketalbahn) with the smallest turning loop in Europe and continues past the Upper Pond to the Lower Pond - part of the the well-known Lake Stiege. Romantically beautiful and a popular photo motif is the panoramic view over the lake to the castle of Stiege with chapel.

With a bit of luck you can see the resident white swans and ducks. Numerous benches invite you to linger. Further through the village you get directly to the new location of the stave church of Stiege. In the years 2020-22, after countless destructions by vandalism, this was "brought" from its original location - the Albrechtshaus, directly into the village. The extraordinary church in dragon style was dismantled and rebuilt, renovated and restored with loving attention to detail.

Tour waypoints

Europe's smallest turning loop in Stiege

Bahnhof Stiege


Lake Stiege

Playground Stiege

Castle of Stiege


Stave church Stiege



  • Asphalt Coating (55%)
  • Hiking Trail (20%)
  • Crushed Rock (13%)
  • Street (12%)


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