Photo stamping station HWN hiker

The Hiking Needle - HWN

Do you want to become Harz hiking king or even hiking emperor? Our mountain hotel is located between several HWN stamp sites. Combine collecting stamps with a comfortable overnight stay in our hotel and immediately enjoy the tranquillity, and nature around our hotel.

HWN 45 Dicke Tannen, ,HWN 46 Border Museum on the Ring of Remembrance, HWN 58 Pferdchen, HWN 90 Roter Schuss, HWN 160 Helenenruh Zorge, HWN 163 Gipfelblick am Kaiserweg, HWN 164 Stiefmutter, HWN 165 Wendel-Eiche, HWN 162 Kreuztal Klippe, HWN 157, HWN 206 Hahnenstein

Berghotel - Hohegeiß is located directly on the Harz Border Trail on the Green Belt.

Always along the former inner-German border, the Harz Border Trail leads directly to the remnants of the division of Germany. Sometimes on cosy paths, sometimes on the concrete slabs of the Kolonnenweg.

The Harz Border Trail along the Green Belt, which for the most part runs directly along secret border paths or the former "Kolonnenweg" along the former inner-German border, combines the nature, culture and history of the Harz in a unique way.
It crosses the mountains on a varied and sometimes challenging hiking route between the Rhoden border tower (Osterwieck) in the north and the Grenzlandmuseum Tettenborn (Bad Sachsa) in the south.

The Harzklub has signposted the entire route. Information boards explain the biotopes and historical sites along the way that are worth protecting. For those who want to find out more, specially trained hiking guides offer guided tours. Specialised tour operators also organise hikes without luggage along various stages of the Harz Border Trail.

Along the way, you will experience contemporary German history up close. Through the Ecker valley, for many years a border river, the trail winds its way along the Eckertalsperre dam - through the centre of which the border also ran - up to the Brocken. Passing the Dreieckiger Pfahl, a historic three-country stone, the trail continues below the Wurmberg to the memorial stone commemorating the opening of the border between Braunlage and Elend. The open-air border museum near Sorge preserves relics of the division of Germany. The Ring of Remembrance and the Dreiländerstein at Jägerfleck near Benneckenstein are contemporary border markers on the way to Walkenried Abbey, which provides a fascinating insight into the importance of the Cistercians for the development of the region.

Bron: Harz tourism association

Photo: Markus Hermann