The "Hexentanzplatz" has nothing in common with witches and all that. The term was popularly coined and goes back to gymnastics and free-body activities that newcomers performed on the Faßenberg.
At the beginning of the 20th century, not only did the wandering bird movement emerge, but many townspeople were increasingly drawn to the countryside, who settled in the great outdoors, gathered and occasionally built small weekend homes. In Hanstedt, this preferably happened on the heights to the right and left of the idyllic Faßenbekes.
This hustle and bustle in the dark forest may have appeared suspicious to the locals and also had something mystical about it. They observed what was happening from a respectful distance and may have viewed sun worship and ecstatic dances as a kind of witch cult. The sentence: “The witches dance there!” Will quickly have made the rounds and the square already had its name: “Hexentanzplatz”.lueneburger-heide.de/service/attraktion/3535/hanstedt-hexentanzplatz-auf-dem-fassenberg.html
October 24, 2020
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