Harzer Grenzweg

Being active at the "Grünen Band"

The Harzer Grenzweg leads along the former inner-German border on secluded border paths or the former "Kolonnenweg" through the mountain world of the Harz. Experience the trail as a varied and challenging hike that combines nature, culture and history of the Harz in a unique way. At the same time you can enjoy peace, seclusion, and breathtaking views over the Harz Mountains. The Harzer Grenzweg starts at the border tower in Rhoden in the north and ends at the Grenzlandmuseum in Tettenborn in the south and leads you past Braunlage and Hohegeiß.

91,4 km



Stamping points

1141 m

Highest point: Brocken

97 m

Lowest point: Bühne

The Green Belt

Hiking rare natural treasures

The so-called "Green Belt" is a valuable chain of biotopes in the Harz Mountains between Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, which was able to develop undisturbed in the shadow of the border fences. As the first all-German nature conservation project, it was established immediately after the fall of the Wall in November 1989 by BUND and committed nature conservationists from the former GDR. In the course of time, around 1200 endangered animal and plant species have settled there. A true treasure for nature lovers. In total, the "Green Belt" stretches 1400 kilometres from the Baltic Sea to Bavaria.


Here you will find your accommodation for your hiking holiday

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Guided tour:

With contemporary witnesses along the former inner-German border.

Get information in the border area of Hohegeiß's local history museum "Alte Pfarre" and then hike in the Green Belt along the former inner-German border to the "Ring of Remembrance" and the Sorger Border Museum. You can get more details and dates at the Hohegeiß Tourist Information Office.


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Secret tip:

All-day hike

Discover the border trail on your own. On the border trail in the Green Belt from Hohegeiß to Walkenried. The trail is 18 kilometres long and follows wide paths and narrow trails. Some steep climbs are to be expected, but there is more downhill than uphill. In Walkenried, it is worth visiting the museum and the grounds of the Cistercian monastery. You can take the 470 bus back to Hohegeiß.




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