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The Harzer Wandernadel (literally: "Harz Walking Badge") is a system of hiking badges based on a network of checkpoints in the Harz mountains in central Germany. The hiker (or mountain biker) can earn badges at different levels of challenge by walking to the various checkpoints in the network and stamping his or her passbook to record the visit. With 222 checkpoints in three federal states and across five districts in the Harz and with membership in five figures, the system has gained a following Germany-wide.
The idea of the Wandernadel ("hiking badge") is to give those holidaying in the Harz a worthwhile goal to achieve and encourage them to stay for longer or return. It also aims to encourage those who live in the local area to go hiking and improve their fitness.
In addition the system helps tourists and locals to get to know the many, varied and attractive sights and hiking trails in the Harz. To that end, checkpoints have been located at scenic viewing points, places of geological or botanical interest and locations that are either rich in culture or steeped in history. With a few exceptions, the checkpoints can only be reached on foot or bicycle.
[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harzer_Wandernadel ]
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