For the first time, there will be a special stamp for the popular Harz hiking pin in Halle (Saale) in the Botanical Gardens. This is made possible by the Pro Halle association. The city on the Saale and the Botanical Gardens will thus become part of the growing hiking concept, which is becoming increasingly popular among all hiking enthusiasts and those who want to become one. In terms of its size, the Harz stamp network is unique in Germany.
The Harz Hiking Badge
The Harz Hiking Badge offers a pure experience of nature. With the help of a hiking pass, those interested can collect stamps at 222 places of interest on the approximately 8,000 kilometres of signposted hiking trails in the beautiful Harz Mountains. The stamp boxes are located in the open air. There is now also a digital version. Since coronavirus, the number of people who have discovered hiking for themselves has increased. The number of Harz Hiking Needle participants, who can discover numerous natural wonders large and small in the Harz Mountains, is increasing at the same rate. Much more information can be found on the homepage: www.harzer-wandernadel.de. In addition to the 222 numbered stamps, there are also a number of special stamps. They are located at unusual places that are connected with the Harz National Park and its beauty. The size of the Harz stamp network is unique in Germany.
The Halle (Saale) Botanical Garden and the Harz Mountains
The Botanical Garden Halle (Saale) is part of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and has been looking after the "Brocken Garden" on the summit of the highest mountain in the Harz Mountains for many years. Founded and established in 1890 on the plateau of the 1,142 metre high mountain, the "Brockengarten" is used for teaching and research and is a public display area for high mountain plants. It protects very rare plants and preserves those threatened with extinction. It shows guests from all over the world what grows and flowers at this altitude and in this climate. The garden is also the basis for research into biotope and species protection and the renaturalisation of the Brocken summit. This co-operation is the basis for the idea of placing a special stamp of the Harz Hiking Needle on the grounds of the Botanical Garden in Halle (Saale). The Botanical Garden is a great place for all nature and plant lovers. The garden team looks after around 12,000 species from all over the world, cultivated on 4.5 hectares, of which around 3,000 m² are under glass. The open-air area includes plants for steppe plants, the arboretum and the Alpinum. The greenhouses house tropical plants, in the Victoria House the giant Amazonian water lily of the same name, orchids, a succulent and cactus house and much more.