Brocken, Harz Mountains
Mountain bikers pump their way up the Brockenstrasse, which is closed to private cars.
At the Brocken's summit, a plaque shows the elevation (1142 meters or 3,747 feet).
The Brockenmuseum's weather display shows current winds, temperature, air pressure, and humidity. (During a snowy visit in early March, when this photo was taken, the wind speed was nearly 71 km/h or about 44 mph.)
When you're inside the Brockenmuseum's former Stasi radio dome, take a close look at the bolts that hold the dome's panels together.They're made of compressed paper impregnated with tree-sap resin.
In the cooler months, snow and ice aren't uncommon on the Brocken. Fortunately, the hotel-restaurant is open year-round, and you can retreat inside for a hot Schnitzel, a bowl of Gulaschsuppe, or a Schnapps.
When this photo was taken during an early March blizzard, visibility at the HSB railroad's Brocken station was virtually non-existent, but the train had no trouble retreating to warmer (and greener) elevations.
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