Hikers around Torfhaus in the Harz Mountains, © Harzer Tourismusverband/ M. Gloger
© Harzer Tourismusverband/ M. Gloger

Harzer-Hexen-Stieg (Harz Witches' Trail)

2099 m
2151 m
94 km
highest point
1132 m
Level of difficulty
Type of tour
Straight-course tour
Recommended month:JFMAMJJASOND
Recommended months for a hike: Optimal

The enchanted, mystical world of the Harz mountains is best explored on the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg. The path takes hikers through green forests, rocky gorges and medieval towns with half-timbered houses, and brings them face to face with the 1,000 year-old mining history at every turn.

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On the Harz Mountainser-Hexen-Stieg, you will stumble upon art installations in places where you least expect them; so-called experience islands draw your attention to unique features at the respective location that are not or no longer plain to see. Examples include a female peddler taking a rest on the trail or giant ants inviting you to put your feet up.

Impressions from the Harz Mountains Witches' Trail

Logo Harzer Hexenstieg


The Tour is continuously signposted with this standardised logo.


Arrival and departure

The starting point and final destination of Osterode and Thale are easy to reach by train. The starting points of the Harz Mountainser-Hexen-Stieg are well signposted. Many accommodation providers along the way also offer a transport service for your luggage.

The specifics of the tour

The main route of the Harz Mountainser-Hexen-Stieg runs from Osterode and across the Brocken mountain to Thale.

Between Königshütte and Altenbrak, you have the choice of two routes:

  • Hasselfelde - Köhlerhütten - Altenbrak
  • Rübeland - Wendefurth - Altenbrak

If you would prefer not to hike across the Brocken mountain, once you reach the village of Torfhaus, you can go around the Brocken mountain via St. Andreasberg and Braunlage to Königshütte.

The route can also be taken in the opposite direction.

your contact

Harzer Tourismusverband e.V.

Marktstraße 45
38640 Goslar
Phone: +49 (0) 5321 / 34040