On the trail of Goethe

The Teufelsstieg

A devilish ascent on the Brocken mountain

The figures Faust and Mephisto are world famous. In his masterpiece “Faust”, Goethe sent you up to the Brocken from Elend and this is how the idea for the “Teufelsstieg” themed trail came about, if only because of its devilish ascent.

Anyone who loves very challenging hikes and is in good physical condition should definitely integrate the Teufelsstieg with its length of 26 kilometers into their vacation and hiking plans. The Teufelsstieg is the hardest ascent on the Brocken mountain and impresses hikers with its scenic diversity and uniqueness of trees, valleys, rocks and the river Cold Bode that winds along the way.

Green boards with a white devil symbol show the way along the entire route.

It begins in Elend at a spruce over 40 meters high and 200 years old - the "valley guard" and leads over the Schnarcherklippen and Mauseklippen to Schierke and over the Eckerloch to the Brocken mountain.

On thirteen wild and romantic kilometers, the hiker learns a lot about Goethe's hike, Faust and the famous Walpurgis Night. This is followed by the descent from the Brocken mountain for a further 13 km over the small Brocken mountain, Scharfenstein, Eckertal, Molkehaus to Bad Harzburg.




The Teufelsstieg in 2 stages: Here you can spend the night in the Brocken Hotel directly on the Brocken mountain. Enjoy the fascinating sunset and sunrise on the 1141.5 m high Harz mountain.


Are you searching for an accommodation that meets your needs as a hiker?
Our selected accommodations UP in the HARZ offer you a good night’s sleep between your hiking tours.
Some hosts offer a rich breakfast, others offer breakfast service or a full fridge.
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