The Bode Valley - fairy tale of the Harz
Thale is situated at the north-eastern edge of the Harz, where the River Bode carved its way between the steep cliffs; one side the legendary Hexentanzplatz (Witches Dance Floor) and the other the Rosstrappe.
In this gorge, the romantic Bodetal awaits travellers with fascinating myths and legends, magical forests, babbling brooks, raging rivers, fascinating rock formations and stunning views.
With the impressive Bode Valley, the Hexentanzplatz and Rosstrappe, the beautiful landscape with its entry onto the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, a 100km hiking route between Thale and Osterode, makes Thale a hiking and nature lovers popular, action-packed holiday destination.
The Hexentanzplatz is on a rocky plateau 454 meters above sea level and high above the Bode Valley. On the 30th April, Walpurgis Night (witches festival), the Hexentanzplatz is transformed to a spectacular night festival of witches and devils, a place of myths and legends.
With the remains of an old castle, the Witches Circle, devilish sculptures and the Walpurgis Hall (Walpurgishalle), there is always something to see. You will also discover the Thale Mountain Theatre (Bergtheater), Harzbob (Sommerrodelbahn) and the Thale Zoo.
Just as legendary, rising on the left river bank is the Rosstrappe 403 meters high; one of the greatest granite crags north of the Alps. On the summit you will see what looks like a horse shoe embedded into the rock. Discover the myths and legends of the Bode Valley in the Sagenpavilion (Legends Pavilion) high up on the Rosstrappe.
The Thale Adventure World is not just the starting point of the Seilbahnen Thale Erlebniswelt (Cable Car) to the Hexentanzplatz or the chair lift to the Rosstrappe, but it's a world of fun and adventure for all ages, with fun parks, water bumper boats, a downhill course and Hexenkessel (witches cauldron).
For rest and relaxation after a busy day, head to the Bodetal Therme with spa landscape, sauna world, recreation and health programmes, as well as wellness and massage treatments.