KARSTWANDERWEG HIKING TRAIL
Karstwanderweg Schild Osterode am Harz © Verein Karstwanderweg Anzeige in Originalgröße 40 KB - 200 x 200 The gypsum karst landscape in the South Harz is a unique natural environment for Europe. This certified quality trail, Karstwanderweg, stretches over 230km of natural landscape featuring geological richness and biological diversity in the districts of Osterode am Harz (Lower Saxony), Nordhausen (Thuringia) and Sangerhausen (Saxony Anhalt).
From Förste in the west to Pölsfeld in the east the karst landscape, 100 kilometres long is strung like pearls across the southern edge of the Harz. This unique landscape highlights the effects of water on the landscape: caves, sinkholes and dolines, karst springs, disappearing streams, and reappearing springs, foibe, flues, geological features, rocks and white walls, formed from the special rock of the South Harz: Gypsum. Information boards provide plenty of useful information about the geology, landscape, environmental and nature conservation, groundwater as well as urban and industrial history. The Karstwanderweg spreads across protected natural and cultural monuments and nature reserves.
The trail runs exclusively on existing agricultural and forestry hiking trails and paths. It is suitable for mountain bikes. Due to the nature of the karst landscape, high footwear is recommended especially in wet seasons.
Round trips in Osterode
Here you will find some detailed tour suggestions around Osterode am Harz. These are also suitable for exploring by bike.
Circular Walk, Osterode - Förste - Ührde More on German.
Circular Walk, Osterode - Hörden - Düna More on German.
Circular Walk, Osterode - Oberhütte - Königsstein More on German.
Accommodation and transport
Along the way there are many places that provide accommodation and refreshments. For your individual planning we have put together a small list of companies [Download]. More on German.
For more advice, tips and suggestions the team at the tourist information are happy to help you.
Hiking without luggage
For those who would like to leave the planning to the professionals, we have put together special package deals, "Hiking without Luggage", inclusive accommodation, route suggestions, luggage transport and return transfer to your starting point. More information...
Get maps at the tourist Information.