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This hiking loop is located outside (south-east) of Bad Harzburg and starts at the large Bad Harzburg car park on Nordhäuser Straße. The trail then leads along the Philosophenweg past the Schweineteich pond and then zigzags up to the large castle hill and the Harzburg ruins on it.

It once served to secure the imperial palace of Goslar and was therefore strategically located on the castle hill. Unfortunately, little remains of the Harzburg; only a few walls, the well and a restored tower are reminders of the Harzburg ruins today. Due to its high location, the distant view of Bad Harzburg can be enjoyed from here. Especially in combination with the "Aussichtsreich" restaurant, the cable car, the Krodo statue, the Canossa Monument and the stamp station, a visit is always worthwhile.

After a rest on the Burgberg, the route continues along the Kaiserweg to the "Blick zum Brocken" (view of the Brocken), from where the Brocken can be seen in good visibility. A few kilometres further on, at the northernmost point of the hiking loop, is the Cross of the German East, a memorial cross commemorating the former German eastern territories. The former 20.5-metre-high wooden cross fell down in 1998 and was subsequently replaced by the 17.7-metre-high steel cross visible today.

A few kilometres further south, you finally reach the panorama path above the Stötertal valley. A little further on, at the level of the Rabenklippen, lies the next highlight: the lynx enclosure. In the wild, lynx are typically very shy animals, which is why you can watch them here climbing trees, sneaking around in the territory or simply lazing around. The route then leads in a curve along the Kaiserweg back to Bad Harzburg.

Equipment :

Nordhäuser Str. 12A
38667 Bad Harzburg

Start : Bad Harzburg Süd
Stop : Bad Harzburg Süd
Distance : 14,1km

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