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Brocken

Brocken

[brok-uhn; Ger. brawk-uhn]
Brocken, granite peak, 3,747 ft (1,142 m) high, central Germany; highest peak of the Harz Mts. Popular legend makes it the meeting place of the Walpurgis Night or Witches' Sabbath. The "Brocken scene" in Goethe's Faust is set there.

Highest point in the Harz Mountains, central Germany. Its granite peak reaches 3,747 ft (1,142 m). When the sun is low, shadows from the peak become magnified, casting gigantic silhouettes on the upper surfaces of low-lying clouds or fog below the mountain. This effect, known as the Brocken bow or Brocken spectre, has mystical significance in the mountain's folklore. Traditional rites enacted there on Walpurgis Night became connected with the legend of Faust.

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Brocken-Hochharz is a Verwaltungsgemeinschaft ("collective municipality") in the district of Harz, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated in the Harz mountains, southwest of Wernigerode. It is named after the highest peak of the Harz: Brocken. The seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft is in Hasselfelde.

The Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Brocken-Hochharz consists of the following municipalities:

  1. Allrode
  2. Altenbrak
  3. Benneckenstein
  4. Elend
  5. Hasselfelde
  6. Schierke
  7. Sorge
  8. Stiege
  9. Tanne
  10. Treseburg

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