I have always wanted to go to Harz in Germany because of the beautiful nature and hiking possibilities. Harz had it’s days of glory in the 80’s and is in Denmark known for a vacation place for old people. Not that sexy, I know! Despite this, I have always wanted to go there for the sake of nature and adventures!
For my birthday I got a trip to Harzen, a long weekend in Bad Suderode, a nice little village 1,5 hours from Goslar. The hotel was fine, a lot of old people but who cares 🙂
I’ll show you what I experienced the 3 days I was in Harz in pictures:
Arrival time at 2.30pm and started out walking around in the forest nearby. Not that interesting, but a nice warm-up hike. On the way to the hotel I noticed some funny-looking rocks on the way and googled it and found this place called Teufelsmauer. The Teufelsmauer (Devil’s Wall) is a rock formation made of hard sandstones and quite impressing! It was a nice little hike with a great view on the top.
The nature up there is stunning and the hike is fine. It’s a level for both kids and the elderly.
The last day I went for a short visit to Thale, where you can take a gondola lift up there. The Hexentanzplatz is reputedly an Old Saxon cult site, at which celebrations were held in honour of the so-called Hagedisen (forest and mountain goddesses), particularly on the night of 1 May.
The place did not become known as the Hexentanzplatz until the cult was banned by the invading Christian Franks. According to tradition the site was guarded by Frankish soldiers in order to enforce the ban and they were chased off by Saxons dressed as witches and riding on broomsticks.
Again, nice view of the German nature.
I saw more than described in this blog, but this is just some highlights. I would have liked to have some more days to explore Harz, but then i have an excuse to come back one day 🙂
// Nana Regalah