Hiking Map Eastern Harz

Artikelnummer: HWK-05

Hiking map "Der Ostharz" ranges from Thale and Quedlinburg in the north to Sangerhausen in the south and from Stolberg in the west to Wippra in the east.

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Information The hiking and cycling map "Der Ostharz" shows the Auersberg and the Josefshöhe in... more


The hiking and cycling map "Der Ostharz" shows the Auersberg and the Josefshöhe in the west and the hills around the headwaters of the Wipper in the centre. Part of Sangerhausen can be seen in the south and Harzgerode in the north. The sheet connects to the reverse side of the hiking map "Südharz".
The reverse side is the continuation east of the map "Mittelharz" and shows centrally the forest area around the Selketal. Harzgerode and Güntersberge are shown on the south side and the towns of Thale, Ballenstedt and Bad Suderode on the north. A map section shows the UNESCO World Heritage town of Quedlinburg. to the north.

Several signposted long-distance hiking trails lead through the Eastern Harz:

  • Selketal-Stieg, shown in full on the map
  • certified karst hiking trail through a varied karst landscape with caves and partly underground waters.

Hikes from Thale to Sangerhausen through the deciduous forest and pasture landscape of the gently sloping eastern Harz Mountains are recommended. Relaxing hikes or cycling tours in peace and seclusion in a partly unspoilt, partly forested nature are possible. The varied Selketal valley between Alexisbad and Meisdorf offers many witnesses of Anhalt history from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and many romantic views as well as unspoilt nature.

Info's Hiking and cycling map, waterproof, tearproof, UTM grid for GPS
ISBN 978-3-945974-07-0
Dimensions 1 : 30 000
Format 110 x 200 mm, 990 x 600 mm (open)
Auflage 4. updated edition October 2019
Verlag Schmidt-Buch-Verlag
Selketalbahn was originally the Gernroder-Harzgeroder railway. This includes the... mehr

Selketalbahn was originally the Gernroder-Harzgeroder railway. This includes the Quedlinburg-Gernrode line (since 2006) via Alexisbad to Hasselfelde, the Alexisbad–Harzgerode line and the Stiege-Eisfelder Talmühle connecting line. These lines are operated by the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen. The name comes from the valley of the Selke, which the railway line follows from Mägdesprung to Albrechthaus.


...in the Harz district has been a state-recognised resort on the north-eastern edge of the mountains between Quedlinburg and Aschersleben since 2010 and lies on the Romanesque Route. The village was first mentioned in a document of King Henry IV in 1073. From the 17th century onwards, the princes of Anhalt-Bernburg extended the castle complex. In 1765, after Ballenstedt was made a royal seat, the political, economic and cultural heyday began.
After 1989, tourism was promoted, the castle was renovated and the large inn was rebuilt.

  • The baroque three-flooredBallenstedt Castle with structural remains of the Romanesque monastery church, the grave of Albrecht the Bower, bronze monument to Albrecht the Bower.
  • The castle park designed by Lenné is part of the Saxony-Anhalt Garden Centres
  • The Ballenstedt Palace and Court Theatre
  • Castle Hotel Gro&szlig Gasthof, originally an armoury, was converted into an inn in 1756
  • City Museum „Wilhelm von Kügelgen“
  • Old half-timbered town hall from 1683
  • St. Nicolai Church: late Gothic building, rebuilt in 1501 after fire
  • Watch towers of the city wall (upper tower, lower tower, market tower) 
  • Between Ballenstedt and Blankenburg lies the Devil's Wall

The Devil's Wall is a rock formation consisting of hard sandstones 20 km long in the northern Harz foreland between Ballenstedt and Blankenburg / Harz. There are many legends to explain the origin of the rocks. It was placed under protection as early as 1833 and 1852 to prevent the mining of the coveted building sandstone.
The Devil's Wall near Weddersleben has been a nature reserve since 1935 and is one of the oldest nature reserves in Germany. The northern edge of the Harz Mountains with the Devil's Wall has been one of the 77 outstanding national geotopes since 2006.