A real highlight in the region: the snore cliffs that even Goethe occupied in Faust I and Faust II ("[...] and the cliffs that bend over, and the long rock noses, how they snore, how they blow!"). Located between the Barenberg and the Mäuseklippen, you can reach the Snoring Cliffs relatively quickly after starting in Elend. Even if the ascent can seem a bit daunting, an ascent is really worth it. From the top of the cliffs - you are then about 700 meters above sea level - the view towards Elend, Schierke, Wurmberg and Bodetal is really breathtaking. Since the ascent is via stairs and metal steps, surefootedness and a little head for heights are essential.
August 28, 2017
South of Schierke in the Harz Mountains are the remarkable snoring cliffs, two rock towers that are about 25 meters high and about 20 meters apart. They belong to the Brockengranitstock and rise 671 meters above sea level above the Elendstal. The western rock can only be conquered by mountaineers, the eastern one can be climbed on a steep iron ladder. But you should be free from giddiness. From the top you have a fantastic view of Schierke, the Brocken massif and the Wurmberg. The best way to reach this attraction is from Schierke or to take the hiking trail from Elend through the idyllic nature reserve Elendsta in the Eastern Harz.
The name comes from the snoring-like sounds when the wind comes from the southeast. The problem, however, is to determine the wind direction using a compass, because the compass needle is deflected by the snoring cliffs. The reason for this is the enrichment of the rocks with magnetite (iron ore) and their magnetization through lightning strikes. The snoring cliffs were also visited by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on his third trip to the Harz Mountains and were mentioned in his works Faust I and Faust II:
"See the trees behind trees,
how they move quickly,
and the cliffs that bend over
and the long rocky noses,
how they snore, how they blow! "
November 2, 2019
The Schnarcherklippen are an impressive, two-towered granite rock formation (up to 671 m above sea level) near Schierke in the Harz Mountains in the district of Harz in Saxony-Anhalt.
The two approximately 20 m apart and about 25 m to 28 m high rock towers of the snorer cliffs belong to the Brockengranitstock and have a significant Wollsack weathering on. (Due to the interaction of physical and chemical processes, edge-rounded blocks of rock, which are stacked on top of each other like pillows, mattresses or just like woolen sacks, are created during the weathering of the woolly sack). A special feature of the cliffs is the deflection of the compass needle from its north direction due to the presence of magnetite in the rock. When the wind blows from the south-east, the cliffs generate strange noises, which were the inspiration for the naming.
Occasionally climbers practice on the snorer cliffs.
August 4, 2018
The snoring cliffs are an impressive, two-tower granite rock formation (up to 671 m above sea level) near Schierke in the Harz low mountain range in the Harz district in Saxony-Anhalt.
The two rock towers of the snoring cliffs, which are about 20 m apart and about 25 m to 28 m high, belong to the Brockengranitstock and show clear weathering on the wool sacks. (The interaction of physical and chemical processes results in rounded rock blocks that are stacked on top of each other like pillows, mattresses or just like wool sacks). A special feature of the cliffs is the deflection of the compass needle from its north direction due to the presence of magnetite in the rock. When the wind blows from the south-east, the cliffs generate strange noises that were the inspiration for the name.
Climbers occasionally practice on the snoring cliffs.
August 26, 2019
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