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Rosstrappe

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Recommended by 1559 out of 1611 hikers

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  • Romy von Etappen-Wandern

    The Rosstrappe rock near Thale, which protrudes far above, impresses above all with its steep cliffs and its view. Hundreds of meters of steep flanks fall here and somewhere down below the Bode flows rushing. The Rosstrappe is usually well attended, so you should avoid it on weekends. But the view is always worth it.

    Typical Harz: The Rosstrappe owes its name to a legend. Prince Bodo pursued the king's daughter Brunhilde, who saved herself with a bold leap on her horse from the Hexentanzplatz (the rock opposite the Rosstrappe) via the Bodetal to the Rosstrappe. However, the prince's horse didn't make it, it fell down (Bode) and Bodo turned into a black dog. It is said that the hoof print of Brunhilde's landing can still be seen on the Rosstrappe.

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    • February 3, 2021

  • NeverGiveUp

    This excursion destination is less suitable for hikers who love peace and solitude in nature. There is a lot going on even in bad weather. However, you can understand why once you've been there.

    Attention, small children by the hand and dogs on a leash. It goes down steeply.

    Wonderful rock formations with a great view of the Bodetal and the roaring Bode.

    The path is well rooted and stony.

    Stamp hunter:
    - Here you can find the stamp 71 of the Harz hiking pin.
    - Since Göthe was here too, you can also stamp in the Göthe booklet.

    best regards
    your Wandervogel Ani

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    • February 16, 2021

  • NeverGiveUp

    The view over the valley is terrific. You have a view of the Bodetal and the Bode. The stamp box of the Harz hiking pin 71 is located in front of the actual lookout point.

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    • December 5, 2021

  • Alwin

    You Rosstrappe and nature are legendary.

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    • July 23, 2021

  • Lemmi alias Schlumpf

    Unfortunately always very well attended, especially when there is another bus in the parking lot. Early in the morning before 9am or later in the afternoon/evening when the crowds have cleared, you'll have this magnificent vantage point almost to yourself and take in the stunning views

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    • August 14, 2022

  • Gabriele

    At the exit of the Bodetal near Thale is the legendary Roßtrappe, a striking granite rock with a height of 403 meters above sea level. The southern foothills of the Roßtrappenberg protrudes far into the Bodetal and there falls almost vertically about 200 meters into the depth at the last large loop of the Bode.

    The Harz saga of Der Rosstrappe: harzlife.de/sagen/rosstrappe.html
    Another source
    harzlife.de/tip/ross.html
    bodetal.de/urlaub-im-harz/urlaubsregion-bodetal/ausflugsziel/rosstrappe.html

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    • October 10, 2018

  • Klausi

    The pre-summit of the Roßtrappe has a summit cross.

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    • July 7, 2020

  • Fabian

    The Rosstrappe is 403m above sea level. N.N. one of the smaller granite rocks on the edge of the Bodetal. However, it is no less spectacular because of its steeply sloping flank and offers a great view of the Hexentanzplatz and the Bodetal.
    The Rosstrappe got its name from the white steed on which the king's daughter Brunhilde fled from the giant Bodo. The horse jumped from the cliff onto the opposite rock, the giant Bodo fell into the river and gave him his name: Bode.
    The imprint of the white horse can still be seen here in the rock.

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    • July 27, 2017

  • Lemmi alias Schlumpf

    Unfortunately always very well attended, especially when there is another bus in the parking lot. Very early in the morning, before 9am, or later in the afternoon/evening when the crowds have cleared, you'll have this magnificent vantage point almost to yourself and take in the stunning views

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    • August 14, 2022

  • Lemmi alias Schlumpf

    Unfortunately always very well attended, especially when there is another bus in the parking lot. Early in the morning before 9am or later in the afternoon/evening when the crowds have cleared, you'll have this magnificent vantage point almost to yourself and take in the stunning views

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    • August 14, 2022

  • Nicole

    The path is definitely worth it. Regardless of the weather or the sun, the view is worth every effort

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    • June 3, 2020

  • Webs 🤙🏻

    a fantastic view of the Bodekessel and the Hexentanzplatz

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    • May 25, 2021

  • Christian 🚴‍♂️🧭

    A visit to the Rosstrappe is undoubtedly worthwhile. The view over the gorge is outstanding. In my opinion the 2nd best location next to the Brocken in the Harz Mountains.

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    • May 16, 2022

  • JR56

    A gigantic hoof print in the hard granite rock. 250 meters below the rushing Bode.
    This is how the legendary Rosstrappe presents itself to the visitor high above the exit of the Bodetal. From here you not only have a fantastic view of the rock valley, but also of the Hexentanzplatz and, in good weather, even as far as the Brocken.
    The Rosstrappe is a 403 meter high granite rock above the left bank of the Bode, which is considered to be one of the greatest rocky areas north of the Alps. There is a depression on the rock that resembles a huge hoof print. This is probably one of the reasons why numerous legends and myths have been entwined around the granite massif for centuries. The best-known saga tells of the creation of the legendary hoof print that gave the rock its name (see below).
    Not far from the Trappefelsen are the remains of the Winzenburg, a 25-hectare refugee castle that has been in use since the Neolithic Age and has an approximately 500 m long rampart made of boulders and earth. The wall offered protection for people and animals in times of need, at the same time it probably formed a delimited area for pagan god worship. In 1860 the Winzenburg tower was built there as a lookout tower, but it is no longer accessible today.
    With the famous hoof print and the legend pavilion, in which the story of the formation of the striking rock depression is vividly told, the Rosstrappe is another popular destination.

    bodetal.de/poi/rosstrappe-1

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    • December 10, 2019

  • Rainer Klose

    Absolutely recommended. Great views of the rock formations of the Bodetal

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    • May 28, 2017

  • Anna

    The ascent may be strenuous, but the view over Thale and especially the Bodetal more than makes up for the effort. Be careful on hot days you are exposed to the sun without protection :)

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    • August 10, 2020

  • Hilla

    Here you can enjoy a beautiful view and explore the routes through the Bodetal.

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    • February 5, 2017

  • Scotty 🦊

    Just beautiful and HWN 😊🦊

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    • July 5, 2021

  • Stefanie

    A beautiful place with a wonderful view of the Bodetal

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    • May 29, 2020

  • Andreas

    Unique view. Well worth the way up. Then you should let everything work on you.

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    • December 7, 2020

  • Stan296

    For me this is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Harz Mountains

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    • January 6, 2022

  • Christian 🚴‍♂️🧭

    A visit to the Rosstrappe is undoubtedly worthwhile. The view over the gorge is outstanding. In my opinion the 2nd best location next to the Brocken in the Harz Mountains.

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    • May 16, 2022

  • André

    Be sure to do a relatively short climb for this fantastic view.

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    • May 29, 2022

  • Michi LE

    Thale is located on the north-eastern edge of the Harz Mountains, where the Bode emerges from the mountains and has dug a deep gorge between the steep, legendary rocks Hexentanzplatz and Rosstrappe. In this gorge, the wild and romantic Bodetal, exciting myths and legends, fairytale forests, babbling brooks and raging rivers, fascinating rock formations and fantastic views await the visitor.With the impressive Bodetal, the Hexentanzplatz and the Roßtrappe, the beautiful landscape and the entrance to the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, a 100-kilometer long-distance hiking trail between Thale and Osterode, Thale is a very popular, eventful holiday destination for hikers and nature lovers.The Hexentanzplatz, located on a rock plateau at 454 m above sea level high above the Bodetal, is transformed every year on the night of May 1st, Walpurgis Night, into the festival site of witches and devils, a place of myths and legends.With the remains of a former castle complex, the witch ring with its sculptures and the Walpurgis Hall, the Hexentanzplatz is also a uniquely mystical place on the remaining days of the year. Other attractions of the Hexentanzplatz are the Harzer Bergtheater, the Harzbob and the Thale zoo.No less legendary rises above the left bank of the Bode the Rosstrappe, a 403 meter high granite rock out of the Bodetal. Numerous legends are entwined around the rock, which is considered to be one of the greatest rock formations north of the Alps, due to a depression that resembles a footprint. This story is vividly told in the pavilion of legends high up on the Rosstrappe.With the Thale Erlebniswelt cable car, the Bodetal has another highlight. It is the starting point of the cable car to the Hexentanzplatz and the chairlift to the Roßtrappe and offers a wide range of fun and leisure activities for young and old with various fun parks, a show hydroelectric power station, a downhill track and the witches' cauldron.For rest and relaxation after an eventful day, the Bodetal Therme with thermal baths, sauna world, relaxation and health programs, as well as wellness and massage offers.Source: harzinfo.de/urlaubsorte/thale

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    • August 29, 2022


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