These are the most famous rock formations of the Harz - Teufelskanzel and Hexenaltar. These two granite cliffs on the Brocken Peak have even found their way into world literature. When Johann Wolfgang von Goethe made his first chunk ascent in the winter of 1777, he was fascinated by these two rudiments of the Earth's Middle Ages.
The Devil's Chancellery and the Witch Altar were then inspiration for the Walpurgisszene in "Faust". Legend has it that at Walpurgis, on the night of May 1, the witches and the devils meet at these two rock formations. However, the names of these two granite cliffs date back to pagan times in which such exposed sites were used as places of worship.
The granite cliffs called Devil's Chancellery and Witch Altar are already a few years old. Presumably around 300 million years, because at that time the Harz Mountains and with them the Brocken Massif began to develop.The two cliffs are easy to reach for Brocken visitors on the Brockenrundweg. On a clear day you have a wonderful view of the Wurmberg near Braunlage with its distinctive ski jumping facility. Also as a photo motive, the two cliffs are ideally suited.ausflugsziele-harz.de/ausflugsziele-sehenswertes/natur-nationalpark/teufelskanzel-hexenaltar-brocken.htm
December 10, 2019
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