The 8.8km Goetheweg trail is the easiest, most popular approach to the summit of the Brocken from the Western Harz. It begins in Torfhaus, hiking through bog before following a historic aqueduct, then crossing the Kaiserweg, a sweaty 11km trail from Bad Harzburg. Things get steep as you walk the former border between East and West Germany.

Bus 820 stops at Torfhaus (€3.90, 20 minutes) on the well-served Bad Harzburg–Braunlage route.