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Brocken

The legendary Brocken with its 1142 meter heigth is located in the Hochharz National Park and is the highest peak in northern Germany. 
  
The legendary Brocken is extending beyond the tree line granite massif. 
The exact origin of the name is still unknown. Over the centuries, numerous variants are known about the origin of the name. The official altitude is 1141.1 m.By placing a granite rock on the Brocken, the generally known altitude of 1142 m was achieved, as can be read on an attached metal plate. 

The train is pulled by a steam locomotive and is therefore subject to many funny looking photographers. The journey ends on a heigth of  1125 m at the Brocken station, one of the highest stations of Germany. 

When you stand on the peak and have a bit of luck, the Brocken is covered in fog on many days, you can see Wernigerode, Ilsenburg etc.. The short summer is marked by a climate that adapted flora and fauna. Since the Brocken and its surroundings are part of the national park, nature can develop undisturbed.