Four Unimog trucks from four decades clear the road up to the summit of the Brocken in the Harz region.
The Brocken in the Harz national park has an almost mystic aura about it. And now, this historically important location is also the starting point for a new Unimog U 429 which is literally driving in the tracks of its predecessors – a great idea from the commercial vehicles specialists at Henne and Hasselfelde. In what can only be described as a winter wonderland, four Unimog generations set about clearing the route up to the mountain's summit.
On this misty, snowy February day, an icy wind is blowing over the so-called Brockenstraße (Brocken Road) in the Harz region of northern Germany. Visibility is barely more than 30 metres when suddenly some rays of sun pierce through the sky to turn the summit of the Brocken into a glistening winter landscape. In this magical moment, four Unimog trucks equipped for winter service work make their way up the mountain pass: a Unimog U 84 (from 1979), a Unimog U 2400 (1995), a Unimog U 400 (2004) and a brand-new Unimog U 429 (2018).
It's a breath-taking sight, and knowing that there are almost 40 years which separate the oldest Unimog from the youngest model, that's just incredible!
Rüdiger Lorenz, Henne Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
Winter service work on the Brockenstraße.
At an altitude of 1141 metres, the Brocken in the Harz national park is the highest mountain in all of northern Germany. The only way up to the peak's plateau is the 9.6-kilometre-long Brockenstraße which climbs approximately 525 metres altitude. In the winter months, the entire road has to be cleared to allow for rescue services, the fire service, the staff of the weather station, the operators of the Harzer Schmalspurbahn narrow-gauge railway as well as the employees and supply vehicles of the Brockenwirt hotel and restaurant to access their respective workplaces.