German poets Heinrich Heine and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe were among the many who've been enchanted by the Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany. Even today it continues to have an almost magical appeal, drawing visitors from all over.
Some two million people climb the Brocken mountain every year - on foot, by mountain bike or using the historical railway. The train takes just over 1.5 hours to reach the summit, which is 1141 meters above sea level. Once there, you can enjoy a fantastic view and visit the botanical gardens, with 1800 alpine plants. You can also visit the Brocken museum, which looks at the natural history of the Harz region and the spying methods used by the former Communist East German police.