A real highlight in the region: the snorer cliffs, which even Goethe 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 reach the Schnarchenklippen relatively quickly after starting in misery. Even if the ascent may seem a bit daunting: a climb is really worthwhile. From the top of the cliffs - you are then standing at about 700m above sea level - the view towards Elend, Schierke, Wurmberg and Bodetal is really breathtaking. As the ascent goes over stairs and metal steps, sure-footedness and a little head for heights are absolutely necessary.
August 28, 2017
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
South of Schierke in the Harz are the worth seeing Schnarcherklippen, two about 20 meters apart from each other about 25 meters high rock towers. They belong to the Brockengranitstock and rise above the Elendstal 671 meters above sea level. The western rock can be conquered only by climbers, on the eastern one can climb on a steep iron ladder. But you should be free of vertigo. From the top you have a fantastic view of Schierke, the Brockenmassiv and the Wurmberg. The best way to reach this attraction from Schierke or take the trail of misery through the idyllic nature reserve Elendsta in Ostharzl.The name comes from the snoring sounds when the wind comes from the southeast. The problem is, however, to use a compass to determine the wind direction, because the compass needle is deflected by the snorer cliffs. The reason for this lies in the enrichment of rocks with magnetite (iron ore) and their magnetization by lightning strikes. The snorer cliffs were also visited by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on his third trip to the Harz and found in his works Faust I and Faust II mention:"See the trees behind trees,
as they move quickly,
and the cliffs that bend over,
and the long rock noses,
how they snore, how they blow! "harz-sehenswuerdigkeiten.de/schnarcherklippen.html
November 2, 2019
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