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Hiking tours with a dog in the Harz Mountains

The Harz is the northernmost low mountain range in Germany. It is located in the south of Lower Saxony and extends over parts of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The Harz is about 90 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. The most famous mountain in the Harz Mountains is the Brocken. If you want to enjoy pure nature, the Harz Mountains are the right place for you.

The Harz is a beautiful travel destination for a holiday with a dog. There are many places worth seeing where you can go on varied hikes or walks with your dog. Miles of easily walkable hiking trails lead you and your four-legged friend through the Harz Mountains. This also includes crossing wild rivers.

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Experience the Harz with a dog

When planning your trip with your dog, please think of a leash, dog waste bags and plenty of water. There are also routes in the Harz that offer no shade in summer. Your dog will also be happy about treats if the hike takes longer or you have to queue. How long you can hike with a dog is very individual. You certainly know your four-legged friend best and you know how much you can trust him. The season and the temperatures also play a major role.

Dogs that are easily retrieved are allowed to walk without a leash outside of the breeding and settling season. An exception is the Harz National Park, where leashes are compulsory all year round. Please do not underestimate that even the most loyal dog can quickly become weak when he gets his nose at deer or lynx.

What you should definitely not miss in the Harz Mountains

There are 10 top sights that are repeatedly associated with the Harz Mountains:

  1. Chunk
  2. witch dance place
  3. Barbarossahöhle
  4. Rammelsberg
  5. Kyffhäuser Monument
  6. devil wall
  7. Harz National Park
  8. Harz narrow-gauge railway
  9. Iberger Tropfsteinhöhle
  10. Burg Falkenstein

Which destinations or hiking trails with dogs are recommended?

If you spend your holiday in the Harz Mountains, you will certainly think of a hiking tour on the Brocken. At 1.141 m, this is the highest peak in the Harz Mountains. Once up there, you can enjoy a fascinating all-round view that you should not miss. The hiking trail through the Eckerloch is one of the most popular in the Harz Mountains. This is also the shortest ascent to the Brocken. You will be rewarded on the way there by wonderful natural views. The ascent from the village of Schierke, always following the Brockenstraße, is also very popular. You can also hike from the Torfhaus via the Goetheweg to the Brocken. Or you start from Ilsenburg and follow the Heinrich-Heine-Weg. If you are planning to take a dog on the Brocken narrow-gauge railway, you must put a muzzle on your dog during the journey. Unless you transport your four-legged friend in a suitable container. Before starting the journey, please inquire about a ticket for your dog. If you are planning a trip in summer, it is best to reserve in advance, as it can be very crowded then.

The Hexentanzplatz is one of the most visited attractions in the Harz Mountains. There you will also find the Harzer Bergtheater Thale. This is one of the oldest natural theaters in Germany. For the ascent you take the cable car in Thale. Once at the top, a wide footpath leads to the Hexentanzplatz. Along the zoo, it then continues down to the Bode, a small river. There is an inn here, the Königsruhe. Hearty, Harz-typical dishes and a refreshing drink await you there. At the Bode you can relax with your dog and put your feet in the water. Then it goes further uphill and shortly afterwards you reach the Rosstrappe. From the summit, you can then take the cable car back down to the valley.

The hiking trails in the Harz National Park are numerous and very well developed and also marked. They are very well suited for long walks with your four-legged friend. In the southern Harz, the towns of Bad Sachsa, Bad Lauterberg and Osterode are popular destinations. Here you can start via the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg on the signposted long-distance hiking trail or you can walk along the Grenzweg, directly along the former inner-German border. The karst hiking trail is of particular natural beauty and has even been awarded a quality hiking trail by the German Hiking Association.

In the Harz Mountains you will also find wonderful camping sites and pitches for you and your dog. The parking space at the Bärenbache is often used. This is on the outskirts of Hohegeiss, near the creek, in the forest or on the edge of the forest. The Braunlage campsite is also recommended. It is also in the forest or on the edge of the forest and in the mountains. For campers with a mobile home there is a specially designed and designated area with paved and gravel ground for the vehicles.

As you can see, the Harz has a lot to offer! Especially for campers who like to be out in nature, there are sights and new places to explore every day. There are also numerous dog-friendly lakes in the Harz Mountains. These include the lower, middle and upper Grumbacher pond, the upper raft pond and the Than pond. This is between Hahnenklee and Bockswiese.

Here's a little tip for you:

If you don't feel like hiking or walking your dog, then a visit to the Wildemann Dog Forest is worthwhile. You can let your dog run free in a fenced area of ​​approx. 3.000 square meters. Please check the current opening hours before visiting. Of course, your dog must be well socialized, vaccinated and insured. Bitches that are in heat are not allowed in the area.

We wish you and your four-legged friend an exciting, exciting and beautiful time in the Harz Mountains with lots of fresh air and unforgettable travel experiences.

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