The Harz border path

Karte zum Harzer Grenzweg am Grünen Band

The Harz border path, which to a large extent runs directly on concealed border paths or the former "border patrol path" along the old inner German border, connects the nature, culture and history of the Harz in a unique manner.
It forms the "backbone" of the Green Belt in the Harz and crosses the mountains on a varied and sometimes difficult hiking route between the 'Großer Fallstein' near Osterwieck in the north and the borderland museum Tettenborn (Bad Sachsa) in the south.
On some 100 kilometres of the trail you will experience contemporary German history at first hand. Through the valley of the Ecker, for many years a border river, the trail winds its way along the Ecker dam - through the middle of which the border ran - and up to the Brocken. Past the 'Dreieckiger Pfahl', a historical three-country boundary stone, the trail passes beneath the Wurmberg to the memorial to the opening of the border, between the locations of Braunlage and Elend. Relics of the division of Germany are stored in the open-air border museum near Sorge. The ring of memories and the Three-countries boundary stone at the 'Jägerfleck' by Benneckenstein are contemporary border markers on the way to the Walkenried monastery, which offers a fascinating insight into the importance of Cistercian monks in the development of the region.
The Harz Club has put up new signposts all along the trail. Information boards provide information about habitats worthy of conservation, and about historical sites along the route.
For those who want to know more, guided tours are offered by specially trained hiking guides. Specialist tour operators also organise walking tours without luggage, over several stages along the Harz border trail.