|Confluence of the Warme Bode (left) and the Kalte Bode (right) near Königshütte|
|Source||north of Braunlage
|confluence||with the Warme Bode to form the Bode, near Königshütte
|Progression||Bode → Saale → Elbe → North Sea|
The names of the Warme and Kalte Bode ("Warm" and "Cold" Bode) come from their actual temperature difference of about 2° C.
The Kalte Bode rises in the Upper Harz at the foot of its highest mountain, the legendary Brocken, in the southern part of the so-called Brockenfeld, on the border with Lower Saxony, north of Braunlage. Immediately nearby are the sources of the Warme Bode, the Ecker and the Oder. The Kalte Bode flow initially eastwards to Schierke, along the northern slopes of the Wurmberg. In Schierke it changes direction and heads south.
In the Elendstal, a wild and romantic valley between Schierke and Elend, the Kalte Bode has to carry the huge quantities of water that run into this short section of river in spring. A few kilometres beyond Elend it is impounded in the Mandelholz retention basin, before being united with the Warme Bode beyond Königshütte below the ruins of Königsburg to form the River Bode.
|Left tributaries||Right tributaries|
|In brackets is the location of its confluence with the Kalte Bode.|