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Upstream along the Bode River, 10km southeast of Quedlinburg, the Harz mountains rear up beside the modest steel-making town of THALE in scenery which awed both Goethe and Heine. In particular, two rugged outcrops – the Hexentanzplatz and the Rosstrappe – capture the imagination, partly for their mythical associations. Both are accessible by chairlift while the lush Bode Valley between them is home to the Hexenstieg, one of the Harz’s most idyllic hiking routes and an easy day-hike. With a further 100km of marked trails in the vicinity, Thale also makes for a superb base for longer walking holidays.

 

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