Well, strictly speaking, the Ottofelsen is just one of many cliffs and rocks in the Harz Mountains. What is now and then more reminiscent of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains is also an integral part of the Harz Mountains: jagged cliffs, steeply towering rocks that often look like rocks thrown together. Sometimes even small bushes or trees manage to push their roots into the crevices. It looks like they spring straight out of the rock. Many of these Harz cliffs are natural monuments and almost each has its own legend. They are all formed by the weather or by rainwater and frost over many thousands of years. They are very rare in Central Europe outside the Alps.
The 36 meter high Ottofelsen near Drei Annen Hohne was made accessible in 1892 using iron ladders and can be climbed. It is a bit of an adventure playground in nature and is definitely worth climbing. From Drei Annen Hohne you can visit the Ottofelsen as well as the Leistenklippe, Hohneklippen and Zeterklippen in one day. If you like to stop off, you should hike on to the Steinerne Renne.
February 3, 2021
The Ottofelsen, sometimes also called "Ottofels", is a 36 meter high granite cliff with a wonderful panoramic view in the extensive eastern part of the Upper Harz between Brocken, Drei Annen Hohne and Wernigerode. It is one of the most beautiful and popular lookout rocks in the Harz Mountains.
The ascent on the granite rock requires some skill and concentration, because it is only possible via very steep stairs. The effort is then rewarded by the beautiful view. The view extends to the Brocken, to Wernigerode and far into the northern Harz foreland.
The rock is named after Prince Otto zu Stolberg-Wernigerode. This came from an old local noble family and rose to Bismarck's deputy in the Second Empire.
The Ottofelsen shows the weathering of wool sacks typical of granite. The attractive hiking destination can only be reached on foot. Nevertheless, this striking granite cliff is almost always well attended. The Ottofelsen is also one of the most popular Harz climbing rocks.
Suitable starting points for a hike to the Ottofelsen include the town of Drei Annen Hohne, the parking lot at the Lossendenkmal in Thumkuhlental and the "Steinerne Renne" train station on the Harzquerbahn.
September 4, 2018
There are numerous beautiful viewpoints in the Harz Mountains. One of the most beautiful and attractive of them is located in the northern Harz high above Wernigerode and is called Ottofels. He got his name from Prince Otto von Stolberg-Wernigerode. The Ottofels is one of the numerous Harz granite cliffs and is a natural monument.
As on other cliffs made of coarse-grained granite, the wool sack weathering is very pronounced on it. With a height of 36 meters, it is an impressive rock. Since 1892 it has been provided with a ladder system that makes it possible to climb to its top. Once at the top you have a grandiose panoramic view of the Harz mountains and valleys and can look far into the northern Harz foreland. The Ottofelsen standing at 584 meters above sea level is also a popular stamping point for the Harz hiking pin.
November 2, 2019
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