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Photo tour to the Harz

Are you tired of the cold winters in the Netherlands, just like me? Can't wait to discover a white world with your camera?
After the success of the photo trip to the Harz in January 2022 and 2023, there had to be a follow-up!

The Harz is the northernmost low mountain range in Germany. The highest mountain is the Brocken with 1142 meters, which belongs to the Harz National Park. This national park covers about ten percent of the mountain range. The Harz has traditionally been an important mining area.

The Harz runs in an east-west direction over a length of 110 km and is 30 to 40 km wide. The Upper Harz in particular is densely wooded with mainly beech in the lower parts and Norway spruce in the higher parts. In this nature reserve we can take beautiful pictures in winter atmospheres. The aforementioned Harz National Park extends over large parts of the high plateaus of the Harz. Dense forests, deep and steep valleys and wide plateaus combined with striking mountains and rocks characterize the overwhelming nature of the Harz.

The area is not really snow-sure, but especially on and around the Brocken there is often a lot of winter precipitation, the Brocken is covered with snow on average 170 days a year. Although we will not have snow certainty, the chance is relatively high, as evidenced by the snowfall in recent years:

Last snow heights in the Harz

  • January 18, 2022: +20cm
  • January 15, 2021: +55cm
  • January 25, 2020: +35 cm
  • 10 January 2019 +15 cm
  • December 26, 2018 +45cm
Haus Jagerborn in the Harz

The travel dates:

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 – Departure from NL and arrival in the Harz

Thursday January 25, 2024 – Full day of photography

Friday January 26, 2024 - Full day of photography

Saturday January 27, 2024 - Full day of photography

Sunday January 28, 2024 -Return to NL

We stay in a centrally located house of 180m2 over two floors. There are 4 double bedrooms, 1 twin (entrance through another bedroom) and a single room. Depending on the registrations, a maximum of 6 participants can participate. This also guarantees the individual attention that I value very much.

The journey becomes all inclusive offered but does not include the costs for own transport (550km vv) and lunches en route and expenses of a personal nature. We do household tasks such as shopping, cooking and cleaning up together

Price based on a shared or single room: € 650.00
Price based on a double room for single use: € 700.00

Our residence is located at an altitude of 500 meters in a wooded area and 15 kilometers from the Brocken, our main goal of this trip.

Photo tour to the Harz
Picture-perfect! What a beautiful morning that was during the photo tour of 2022

Details and facts about this photo tour to the Harz

Our residence is located at an altitude of 500 meters in a wooded area and 15 kilometers from the Brocken, our main goal of this trip.

Extreme weather conditions prevail on the Brocken. Due to the isolated location and the absence of higher peaks in the vicinity, heavy storms occur regularly. Partly because of this, the top is above the tree line. There is an 'alpine climate', with short summers, long winters, months of closed snow cover and low temperatures.

  • It is foggy 306 days a year.
  • The Brocken is covered with ice for an average of 100 days a year.
  • There is an average of 176 days of snow.
  • It stays below 0°C all day 85 days a year.
  • Minimum temperatures down to −28°C occur in winter.
  • The average annual temperature is 2.9 °C. For comparison: Reykjavik 4.7 °C.

Things To Do:

  • We travel towards the top of the Brocken by our own transport, stopping for some walks and photo shoots along the way. Depending on the situation, we take the train up. We decide this last minute.
  • We shoot around the photogenic Oderteich
  • Optionally we take the steam train from Drei Annen Hohne to the top of the Brocken (Drei Annen Hohne is ± 20 minutes from our stay).
  • If the conditions are right, we schedule a night shoot to take advantage of the clear nights without light pollution. At 24:00 the Milky Way is nicely vertical in the sky.
  • We visit the photogenic Werningerode.
  • We are speechless at the view from the Rosstrappe.
  • In light thaw we photograph the waterfall of Königshütter.
  • We enjoy the view at the Hammersteinklippe.
  • We look for tracks in the snow….because for the first time in a long time wolves live in the Harz again!
  • We walk up to the Wolfswarte for the spectacular view there.
  • In the evening we set up a beamer where we discuss the images of the day to prepare for the next day even better.

You can sign up for this trip by sending an email to

The Brocken is a fairly snow-sure place in the Harz