The Rosstrappe rock, which juts out high up near Thale, is particularly impressive with its steep demolition edges and its view. Here, hundreds of meters of steep slopes fall and somewhere at the bottom the Bode flows rushing. The Rosstrappe is usually well attended, so you should avoid it on weekends. But the view is definitely worth it.
Typical Harz: The Rosstrappe owes its name to a legend. Prince Bodo chased the king's daughter Brunhilde, who saved herself with a bold jump of her horse from the Hexentanzplatz (the rock opposite the Rosstrappe) over the Bodetal to the Rosstrappe. The prince's horse did not make it, however, it fell into the depths (Bode) and Bodo turned into a black dog. Allegedly you can still see the hoofprint from Brunhilde's landing on the Rosstrappe.
February 3, 2021
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.
December 10, 2019
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.
July 27, 2017
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
October 10, 2018
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.
- 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.
your Wandervogel Ani
February 16, 2021
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