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Hohegeiß is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°39′50″N 10°40′08″E / 51.66389°N 10.66889°E / 51.66389; 10.66889Coordinates: 51°39′50″N 10°40′08″E / 51.66389°N 10.66889°E / 51.66389; 10.66889
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Goslar
Town Braunlage
Elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
 • Total 1,000
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 38700
Dialling codes 05583
Hohegeiss around 1900
Sign on the edge of Hohegeiß to mark the former border

The health resort and winter sports village of Hohegeiss (German: Hohegeiß) lies in the Harz Mountains between Braunlage and Benneckenstein at a height of between 570 to 642 m above NN. Since 1 July 1972 Hohegeiss has been part of the borough of Braunlage in the district of Goslar in Lower Saxony (Germany). The village has about 1,000 inhabitants.


The mountain village of Hohegeiß lies on the B 4, a pan-Harz federal road. Neighbouring villages are Zorge to the south, Rothesütte to the southeast, Benneckenstein to the east, and Sorge to the north. The former Inner German Border (today the state border with Saxony-Anhalt) lay immediately on the eastern edge of the settlement. Near the village is the Dicke Tannen protected landscape. The border with Saxony-Anhalt (formerly the Inner German Border) runs along the northeastern edge of the village. On this border, about 3.3 km to the southeast of the village, is the tripoint for the three states which is marked by the Drei-Länder-Stein.


The village name comes from Hogeyz, the name of a wooded region that existed as early as 1268.

On 1 August 1963 there was an escape attempt on the Inner German Border at the exit to the village of Hohegeiss by 23-year old Helmut Kleinert (1940–1963) during which he was shot dead by East German border guards. In 1971 a wooden cross, which had been set up since Kleinert's death, was replaced by a memorial stone with the inscription "Am 01.08.1963 wurde 150 Meter von hier Helmut Kleinert vor dem Überschreiten der Demarkationslinie erschossen" ("On 01.08.1963 Helmut Kleinert was shot dead 150 metres from here before crossing the demarcation line.")


Born in Hohegeiss[edit]

  • Karl Uhde (1813–1885), surgeon
  • Hermann Grote (1885–1971), composer and pedagogue

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