It lies high above the Bode Gorge opposite the Rosstrappe (a 403m high granite crag) and is an Old Saxon cult site, at which locals celebrated the forest and mountain goddesses, the Hagedisen until Christian Franks invaded the area and banned the cult.
But the Walpurgisnacht did not find an end then: Even today, in the night before 1 May, witches meet on the Hexentanzplatz to fly to the Blocksbberg/Brocken together to get married to the devil.
Over the years, the Walpurgisnacht has become somewhat of a mass event attracting visitors from all over the world, but it is great fun for all the family and most of all, the legend is being kept alive by a eclectic mix of tradition, magic and a hint of erotic – some witches can look rather saucy, you know?
From the plateau, you have an amazing view of the surrounding rocks and each and every one of them has its very own story to tell. The Harz mountains really are one of the most magical regions of Germany and legends fill dozens of story books for young and old. Believe me, I have read them all!
Another thing that the Hexentanzplatz is popular for is it’s nature park. My paternal grandma lives not far from here and when my grandad was still alive, we often came here for a stroll.
It is a fairly small nature park compared to the Natur- und Umweltpark Güstrow, but I really like that about it and at €4.00 for adults and €2.50 it is really great value for money, if you are planning a family day out.
Of course, you will also meet the rare breed of the hexe hexentanzplatio, which elegantly wooshes over your head and leads you straight to these adorable fellas…
Just how cute is this little raccoon? I really can’t blame my sister for falling in love with these gorgeous little fur balls when visiting this Tierpark about 15 years ago. It’s funny how you remember these things when walking down memory lane, don’t you think?
An animal that she would definitely not let anywhere near her are wild boars, but who knows, she might make an exception for this little one. It’s crazy that these cute little piglets turn into these ginormous ehm unattractive pigs that could kill a human. Before that happens though, we’ll quickly jump into our fancy helicopter. There are more adventures waiting for us after all…