The Harz Witches Trail

Just a short journey from Berlin, the Harz Witches Trail traverses the Harz Mountains from West to East, Osterode to Thale. The scenery is dominated by the towering dome of Brocken, the highest peak here and one which you have the opportunity to summit. This off the beaten track part of Germany has an abundance of impeccably waymarked walking trails, winding their way through enchanting forests, making it a truly awe-inspiring destination to hike in. 

Since 2012, Macs Adventure has been offering self-guided trips in the region and is always discovering more hidden gems with our German sister company's help.  Our knowledgeable team is waiting to answer any questions you may have, and some have their own experiences of walking in the Harz Mountains. Our itineraries can be tailor-made; all include bag transfer and are hassle-free; all you have to do is choose which tour is for you.

This area is famous for fairy tales and folklore, which creates a wonderful atmosphere to walk in. On the Harz Witches Trail, which is a national trail, immerse yourself in evergreen and coniferous forests, rocky canyons, towering cliffs, medieval half-timbered villages. Dotted along the trail are picturesque villages such as Quedlinburg, a UNESCO heritage site worth spending an extra night in. 

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  • History behind the trail
    History behind the trail

    The Harz Witches Trail passes through a magical region famed for fairy tales, witches and legends, from where the trail gets its name.

    The reason behind the name, The Witches Trail, is due to the 133 witches that were burned in Quedlinburg in 1589. These witches congregated around the Brocken, the highest peak in the area, and indeed many people say that they still do. (Queue spine-tingling music!) There is also 'evidence' of horses hooves, from giants chasing princesses and mountains where the great leaders of Germany sleep, waiting for the day Germany needs them again. When you walk through this lush green, craggy, jagged region, you can see why so many tales have sprung up about the area. It has an otherworldly, fairytale quality about it that inspires thoughts about the supernatural side of life. Aside from its obvious dislike of witches, it is a beautiful medieval town, with over 1300 examples of half-timbered houses, again adding to the fairytale appearance of this trip. Quedlinburg was the first capital city of Germany and dominating its skyline is the Abbesses' Palace and St. Servatius church, both well worth a visit.


  • Walking Regions
    Walking Regions

    Explore some of the best walking regions in Germany, from sacred lakes, enchanted black forests to the otherworldly peaks reaching for the sky and revel in a little slice of nature’s paradise in Germany. Walk in Bavaria, and it’s Alps with their classic alpine scenery and sweeping panoramas of the Allgäu Alps, discover the mystical Black Forest, fairy-tale castles of the romantic Rhine Valley, the Mosel Valley with its curiously steep vineyards or Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland with its rocky outcrops – to name but a few examples. Walkers really are spoiled for choice, with every region boasting its own unique characteristics and customs.

    Harz Mountains

    The Harz Mountains is an off the beaten track way to discover Germany as you come across the beautiful wilderness in unspoilt forests, deep valleys, wild rivers and blossoming mountain meadows. Encounter local history and the local regions culture as you follow in the footsteps of witches on our Harz Witches Trail, think picturesque, historic half-timbered towns, countless relics from the mining era, mysterious caves, old castles, spiritual places and nostalgic steam trains.

    The Black Forest

    Germany’s iconic Black Forest has been the inspiration for the famous Brothers Grimm fairytales and other German myths and legends. Located in the southwest in the state of Baden-Württemberg, it’s one of the most popular hiking and trekking locations. The area is packed with mountainous terrain, miles of breathtaking forest dotted in between charming little villages. Our Black Forest Gorge trip takes in the highlights of the region.


    This little town located in the Bavarian Alps is a hiker’s dream. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. It is the perfect starting point for an alpine walking tour in the Bavarian Alps and the adventurous cross the Tyrolean Alps into Austria and Italy on our challenging Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Sterzing.

    Mosel and Rhine Valley

    Quieter, stunning regions to visit are the Mosel and Rhine Valley. The walking is less challenging as on either you wander from between the quaint villages and through local vineyards. You can follow the Rhine as it cuts deeply through the Rhenish slate mountains, meandering between hillside castles and steep fields of wine-producing grapes. You can choose an in Style experience on our Rhine in Style Walking trip. Our Mosel Valley tour will take you through forested hillsides alternate with craggy cliffs and near-vertical terraced vineyards.

    Berchtesgaden National Park

    This mountainous landscape in Bavaria is referred to as the Eagles Nest. It has a network of trails for both newbie and experienced trekkers. Hikes in this region ensure a day well spent in the mountain. The national park is known for its impressive wildlife—especially wonderful sightings include the golden eagle and red deer. A hike to the magnificent Königssee is also recommended, all of which you can explore on our Bavarian Alps: Hiking the Salt Trail.

    Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland

    Situated close to Dresden, the beauty of Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) is of mythical proportions. Ancient, fingerlike rock formations make it the perfect location for climbing and hiking. The huge national park is known for its sandstone formations and splendid valleys and waterfalls. Discover more on our Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland


  • Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your walking holiday in Germany?
    Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your walking holiday in Germany?

    Macs Adventure has been running self-guided walking holidays in Germany since 2008.  Whether you like mountains and hills, lakes, rivers, dreamy villages and well preserved medieval cities, Germany has something to offer for everyone. This abundance of wonderful places to explore led us to seek out more and more areas to help people discover Germany on foot. 

    From humble beginnings, we now send over 2000 walkers to Germany every year, each walking the route that excites them the most.We provide the freedom to choose your route, itinerary and travel companions and discover Germany at your own pace. We know how daunting it can be, setting off on an adventure of this scale, and we quickly realized how important it was to have amazing partners on the ground in Germany to deal with any issues that you might come across.  We are proud to say that we work incredibly closely with all our accommodation suppliers and luggage transfer teams, and should you have the slightest issue, they will fall over themselves to help you out. 

    We offer a flexible, tailor-made hiking experience that gets you comfortable, friendly overnight accommodation in local B&Bs and guesthouses. We carry your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the unique culture, food and scenery of Germany. No hostels, no leaky tents, no heavy bags on your back, just a straightforward active holiday that you can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise by giving you all the resources you will ever need.  We have free guides, comprehensive videos, and a host of staff with their own German experiences in the planning stage, waiting to answer your questions. We use high-quality digital mapping and the best maps and guidebooks to make sure you find your way on the route.  

    We love the diversity of walking in Germany, and our main aim is to make sure that you do






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