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The 1900 kilometres long pilgrim trail "VIA ROMEA", from Stade (close to Hamburg) to Rom, from Elbingerode to Hasselfelde.
On the Elbingerode high plateau, we go through the chulk mining area, into a wooded area. Along the "Königshütte", direction of "Rappbodetalsperre", we pass the "Königsburg". The tour ends in Hasselfelde on the market.
The tour on the VIA ROMEA offers a lot of variety. Open landscape, dams, Harz forests, ... something of everything!
Best time of year
Elbingerode, Marktplatz (market square) (456 m)
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Hasselfelde, Marktplatz (St. Antoniuskirche) (market square, St. Antonius Church)
From the starting point on the market in Elbingerode, we go south and cross the B 27. Follow the "Karl-Marx-Straße" to the right and turn left into "Torstrasse". Keeping straight ahead, we leave the town and come to a chulk mining area. Following the broad gravel path, we approach the forest on a high plateau. Continuing southwards, following a sweeping right curve and a sharp left-hand bend, we reach the wall of the "Königshütte" crossover barrier. We cross this one and follow the path along the water. Just before we reach the village of "Königshütte", we can make a detour to the "Königsburg". From there, we can enjoy the view and rest. After a steep descent, continue in a valley to the south. After a steep ascent, we continue along a crossroads with a wide path to the south. At another crossroads, follow the road to the east and reach the "Rappbodevorsperre" wall. We cross this road and follow the path again to the south. After leaving the forest, we follow an avenue of birch trees to "Hasselfelde". Just before entering the village, there is a crossroads on the left. In the village itself,we pass the "Hagenmühle" and the "Hagenstraße", towards the centre. At the "Breite Straße", we turn left and reach the market of "Hasselfelde".
Public transport friendly
Elbingerode can only be reached by public bus transport. There is no railway connection.
Buses from the Harz transport companies serve Elbingerode regularly and several times a day. An overview of the timetables can be found on the HVB website.
Lines 257, 258, 262, 265
The central bus stop is located on the market square of Elbingerode, in the immediate vicinity of our starting point.
Elbingerode can be reached via the B244 from direction "Wernigerode" or via the B27 from direction "Blankenburg" or "Braunlage".
Enough parking available.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Giovanni Casselli, Thomas Dahms: Via Romea, Pilgerführer Stade - Mittenwald, Ostfalia-Verlag, Osterwieck, 2015. The entire pilgrim trail of the VIA ROMEA in Germany is described in 12 areas and in daily stages. Including general maps, instructions where to go, images and advice concerning sights and things worth seeing on the route. Order possible at: www.ostfalia-verlag.de