Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was known to be a diligent hiker. He is said to have visited on July 1, 1785 in his great Fichtelgebirgswanderung this place. Reason enough to miss the name of the viewing platform Goethefelsen. He was right. The hiking diversity here at Ochsenkopf is unique and just waiting to be explored.
December 1, 2016
"The granite never lets go of me - Goethe is supposed to have said once"
On his first of three journeys through the Fichtel Mountains, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited the Ochsenkopf in 1785. On one of these trips he made a drawing of a striking rock in the Ochsenkopf area. The exact location of the rock has long been unknown. In 1986 Böhm rediscovered him.
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As for the snakes .....
Adders can be found everywhere in the Fichtelgebirge, not only here. Although they are quite shy, one of them has bitten me while mowing the grass. I only noticed it for 2 days based on the bite marks on my leg and put it away without further ado.
December 4, 2019
The rock on the Ochsenkopf summit owes its name to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who visited and drew it on July 1, 1785 on his great Fichtelgebirge hike from Wunsiedel to the Ochsenkopf.
The Goethefelsen is part of a rock ridge that extends south-east on the mountain; it is a protected natural monument. Originally the rock was called Dreiadlerfelsen, Dreiadelsfelsen or Dreiahornfelsen.
July 3, 2020
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