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Mountain village Hohegeiß

Holidays in the Harzer Border path

Mountain village Hohegeiß

Mountain idyll, deceleration, meadow sea

Find peace and explore meadows & forests - In Hohegeiß you can relax or become active in sports: Start a mountain bike tour or enjoy your peace in our beautifully located forest swimming pool. The mountain village of Hohegeiß is the perfect place to slow down, characterized by impressive scenery of mountain tops, flowering mountain meadows, birdsonging and the gentle sound of the streams in wildly romantic valleys. When strolling around the village, you should definitely visit the spa park with idyllic mountain meadows, the pond, the Kneipp basin, the barefoot path and the barbecue area at Bechlerstein, the church “Zur Himmelspforte”, the mountain meadow portal and the natural monument “Dicke Tannen.” Meadows and forests invite you to hike – for this we will support you with guided hikes or you will let your sense of discovery run wild. How about a relaxing massage or a sauna afterwards? Here body and mind recharge their batteries.

Facts about Hohegeiß



570 m ü. NHN

min. height

642 m ü. NHN

max. height

1268 age

founded as the name "Hohegyz"

Did you know. . .?

In a wooded area of the Hochharz, for which the name “Hogeyz” was first mentioned in 1268, the monastery of Walkenried had a chapel built in 1444. It became the nucleus of the then emerging settlement “Hohegeiß.” There are many attempts at interpretation of the name. An explanation as “Hohe Quelle” or “Hohe Gasse” seems possible.

Ore mining, cattle breeding and charcoal were at first the livelihoods of the population of the slow-growing town. In later centuries, there were three main occupations: nail smiths, butchers and car drivers. At the end of the 19th century, tourism gained in importance. “Summer strangers” came to Hohegeiss to relax here. The name “highest village in the Harz” was used to promote the “Höhen-Spa town of Hohegeiß.” After 1900 it was also winter sports enthusiasts who “discovered” the place.

Today Hohegeiss is strongly influenced by tourism. In 2019, the resort counted more than 47,800 guests with almost 200,000 overnight stays.

Hohegeiß has been part of Braunlage since 1972, but has kept its own “face. ” Situated on a 642 m high ridge with almost 1000 inhabitants, the village is surrounded by mountain meadows and forests. And the elevated position offers the advantage of the wide view over many mountains and valleys of the Harz up to the Brocken in the north and – on clear days – in the south to the Inselberg in the Thuringian Forest.

Zusehen sind ein paar Häuser und Wiesen uns Wälder.
© Friedemann Schwarz
Zusehen ist der Ort Hohegeiß von früher.
© Friedemann Schwarz
© Friedmann Schwarz

Natural monument

“Thick firs”

An approximately 4. 2 hectare natural monument with the location of the thickest spruce in northern Germany with a height of over 50 metres and stem diameters of 100 to 180 centimeters. Since 1989, the trees have been protected as a natural monument in the Wolfsbachtal.

The thick firs are connected with the stamp no. 45 of the Harz hiking needle.

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