In September I visited the Harz. The Harz is the highest mountain range in Northern Germany and its rugged terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. The name Harz derives from the Middle High German word Hardt or Hart (mountain forest)
We did a stop-over in Torfhaus; this small settlement consists mainly of restaurants, youth hostels, ski huts and large car parks. Torfhaus lies at the heart of the Harz National Park and has inter alia a national park visitor centre, opened in 2009.
Today Torfhaus is a popular start point for walks along the Goethe Way to the Brocken, but also to the historic Dreieckiger Pfahl boundary stone and over the mountains of the Wurmberg or Achtermannshöhe to Braunlage.
The Brocken has always played a role in legends and has been connected with witches and devils; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe took up the legends in his play Faust. The Brocken spectre is a common phenomenon on this misty mountain, where a climber's shadow cast upon fog creates eerie optical effects.
Enjoy the pictures.
With Love Stompie!