Night of the witches

enlarge Harz witch in front of the fire

Harz witch in front of the fire
© Harzer Tourismusverband

Harz witch in front of the fire

Like no other mid-range mountain area in Germany, the Harz Mountains stand for the “supernatural”, haven and central point to devilish activities and witch craft. The Brocken – the Harz Mountains’ highest peak – looms large in the myths wafting around the Harz Mountains and its bewitching towns.

The best known part of the Harz Mountains’ legend is “Walpurgisnacht” – the night of the witches. Each year at the last night of April, witches gather at the Brocken, also known as Blocksberg.

Rumour has it the devil invites his witch- and wizard-servants to blaspheme over God, His doctrine and the angels at the most significant Sabbath. Another passed-on legend says the witches gather to drive out the winter and salute spring by dancing around the bonfire. Nowadays, Walpurgisnacht is still celebrated in many places with bonfires and spectacular festivities.


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Marktstraße 45, 38640 Goslar

Phone: +49 (0)5321/34040
Fax: +49 (0)5321/340466


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