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Germany > Saxony-Anhalt > Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains

N 51°43.971', E 11°1.543'
2020-10-24, 2022-10-16
Our rating: 7.00
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One of the places with a comprehensive set of attractions, and one of the best places in Northern Germany to visit in the fall.

The German name Hexentanzplatz translates as "the place where witches dance," and witches are known to be a symbol of the Harz Mountains. The location is considered an old Saxon place of worship, where festivals in honor of forest and mountain goddesses were held on the night of May 1.

Witches' souvenirs and sculptures are everywhere.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

There are two ways to get to the top, by car or by cable car. I highly recommend the second way, as the views are incredible.

From the lower parking lot, cross the river on the bridge.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

And walk past the tourist lodges and restaurants.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

There are two cablecar stations below, skip the first one, to Rosstrappe.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

There is a pretty big amusement park for kids near the lower cabel car stations. With playgrounds, rides and a rope park.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

Arrive early as queues can be quite long on weekends.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

View of the city of Thale from the cabel car.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

Rocks on the way

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

At the top station, go around the building and go to the viewpoint right here 51.736564, 11.028846. You will walk on strange stones, at first I even wondered why a normal path had not been laid here. It turned out that these stones are the remains of Sachsenwall, an ancient defensive wall built here in 750-450 BC.

Another landmark is the beautiful wooden building Walpurgis Hall. It was built in 1901 in order to create a room for the celebration of Walpurgis Night. Even further away is one of the largest open-air theaters, Harzer Bergtheater Thale.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

Go to the left of the hall and you will come to an excellent viewpoint, which offers a view of Rostrappe and the city of Thale.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

Next, go back to the cable car station and climb the path to the central part of Hexentanzplatz. There are many restaurants and shops, as well as a huge car park. Behind the parking lot is the Harzbob, summer sled run.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

"Upside down house"

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

There is also another viewpoint.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

The canyon you see is called Bodetal.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

Climb even higher, to a small zoo with animals that inhabit the Harz mountain range. The big five are: black grouse, lynx, red deer, raccoon and wild cat.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

At the end of the walk around the zoo, go to a cozy cafe on the territory, there is also a playground and a petting zoo.

Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak


Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains
Hexentanzplatz in the Harz mountains ©Yuriy Buriak

Useful links with opening hours and prices:
https://www.seilbahnen-thale.de/en/attractions/gondola/opening-hours/ - cable car
https://www.seilbahnen-thale.de/en/attractions/fun-island/opening-hours/ - amusement park near the lower cabel car station
https://www.seilbahnen-thale.de/en/attractions/harzbob/ - summer sleigh
https://www.bodetal.de/bodetalurlaub/tierpark/ - zoo
https://www.bodetal.de/bodetalurlaub/veranstaltungen/harzerbergtheater/ - theater

Map of Thale
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Getting there: parking upstairs 51.732201, 11.026720, parking downstairs 51.746173, 11.026835.
Tags, Germany: amusements, mountains, observation deck, ski lift, zoo

Tags, all countries: amusements, mountains, observation deck, ski lift, zoo
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