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The Roßtrappe is a 403m granite crag in the Harz mountains of central Germany.The Roßtrappe rises high over the Bode Gorge in the Harz. It may be reached from Thale by road, on foot or on a chair lift. On the rocks is a mountain hotel with an observation terrace as well as the upper station for the chair lift. Nearby is the Winzenburg, a refuge castle 25ha in area with a 500m rampart made of stone blocks and earth, which has been used since the New Stone Age as a refuge for up to 100 people. In 1860 the Winzenburg Tower was built there; an observation tower which is now closed.From the Rosstrappe there is a view of the rocks on the Hexentanzplatz, ("Witches Dance Floor") the Steinerne Kirche ("Stone Church"), the Bode Gorge, the Harz Foreland, the town of Thale and the highest peak in the Harz, the Brocken.According to legend, a giant by the name of Bodo once followed the king’s beautiful daughter, Brunhilde, whom he wanted to marry against her will. Brunhilde escaped on a white stallion (Ross), but was suddenly confronted by a deep ravine. Her horse leapt in one bound to the rocks on the other side, but her pursuer fell into the depths below. The impression of the horse’s hoof may still be seen today. The giant Bodo gave his name to the small river, the Bode.
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  • This is a short moderately difficult hike from the parking lot at the top of the chair lift from the town of Thale.  more »
  • The Rosstrappe is a beautiful location and viewpoint with a fascinating fairytale story to it. Walking to the viewpoint is easy in trainers.  more »
  • Absolutely amazing view! It is a short but rocky walk from the parking place but the view is absolutely worth it. There are several small nooks where you can get a great view over the valley. You can easily use a whole hour to get lost in the view. Probably a must see if you visit Harz.
  • Great walk. Not too heavy and nice views. You will see caves and multiple paths to choose in front of you. You can spend the day and do a decent round around this area. It is worthwhile to see. Go all the way to the top walking and if possible go down with the lift. Lot of fun!
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