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Snow in the Harz Mountains

Snow in the Harz Mountains – Winter hiking in Braunlage am Wurmberg

If there is snow in the Harz Mountains, the attractive hiking trails and paths at Wurmberg are also cleared for winter hikers. As a start for the Winter hike Braunlage – Wurmberg – Braunlage we recommend the valley station of the Wurmbergseilbahn at the northern edge of town. The tour starts at the playground next to the large car park and runs steadily uphill west of the cable car line. First you follow the signposted Braunlager Rundweg, until you reach the connection to hiking trail 35 D. To the left of the winter hiking trail the Warm Bode rushes into the valley, beech trees, willows and spruces as well as typical Harz rock form the landscape.

Snow in the Harz Mountains – Hiking to the summit of the Wurmberg

At the Brockenwegschanzen it is time to turn right into the Sögdingsweg. This hiking trail with the number 35 E leads through the winter forest to the summit of the Wurmberg. The last, steep section of the way can be completed via the remaining metal stairs of the demolished Wurmbergschanze. When the view is clear, a magnificent view compensates for the effort of climbing. The Harz landscape lies at the foot of the hiker and the brocken summit seems within reach. If you are afraid of the steep ascent, you can continue hiking directly.

About the borderline to the bad dog

The descent is to the east, along the aisle of the former ski jump outlet, until the Winter hiking trail meets the Harzer Grenzweg. On this, mostly well cleared, patrol path between the two highest Harzbergen mountains we continue in northwestern direction. After some time, a path branches off into the corridor of Böser Hund. The Winder Hike in Braunlage continues south along the striking boulder with the inscription “Bad Dog”. The Große Bode accompanies the trail and forms the natural separation of the Wurmberg Nature Park and the Harz National Park.

Snow in the Harz Mountains – Hiking on icy bodefalls

It goes down again, along the western slope of the Wurmberg. Mixed trees characterise the area to the left and right of the stream. The Bode water quickly flows through its stony streambed and sometimes falls down as a waterfall. Soon after the bear bridge the Obere Bodefall is reached, where thunderous water masses pour over cascades of granite blocks. A little further on, the winter hiking trail passes the Venedigerstein, where Kleine Bode and Große Bode join to form the Warmen Bode. From there it is not far to the Bottom Bodefall, where the water overcomes several meters of altitude difference and offers a spectacular natural spectacle. Slowly the winter hiking tour comes to an end, the hotels on the outskirts of Braunlage announce the proximity of the large car park.

If there is snow in the Harz Mountains, the parking lot is usually full from 10 o’clock in the morning. Arrive as early as possible. How to find us Parking Wurmbergseilbahn on the View map
Tour Braunlage Wurmberg
12 km / 3 - 3,5h
Braunlage - Wurmberg - Grenzweg - Böser Hund - Bärenbrücke - Bodefälle - Braunlage
Tour-Level: mittel/moderate

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