Foot: 490 m Top: 1148 m
Mean slope: 4.6%
Length: 14.8 km
Road conditions (2013): excellent
Other race bikers: 5-10 per hour
Motor vehicles: <10 per hour
Scenerie and road:
Restaurant or bar near top: yes
Every German knows what the
The Brocken (1141 m) is the highest point of the Harz
and hence the highest point of northern Germany.
Largely due to the Brocken Railway,
its summit is visited by a large number of tourists,
which can be quite annoying for the cyclists.
When I was there, I hardly saw anybody else
nor did I enjoy the promised wide view from the summit.
My reward was a cold rain and a view of 10 meters,
conditions that occur frequently at this place.
The first 2 kilometers of the climb, which are fairly steep (5-9%),
are followed by a descend of 25 elevation meters.
After passing the village of Schierke
the excellently paved road is barred for motorised vehicles,
so it is perfect for cyclists.
The 10 kilometers from Schierke to the top can be divided
into a relatively easy first half (2-6%)
and a harder second half (up to 9%).
Except for the area near the top,
the surroundings of the road are heavily forested.