Hundreds of people came to Altenau in the evening, where the traditional gathering had already started in the afternoon with a parade through the town. About 25 cities and towns invited for this particular change of day. The Harz Tourist Association in Goslar was expecting tens of thousands of visitors in advance, as before the corona pandemic. She was the reason the celebration had to take place in a virtual space for the past two years.
Events at Walpurgis Night in the Harz Mountains
- In Goslar the market square has been transformed into a “mystical cauldron” with a bubbling market fountain. Live music was planned. Those who were not disguised could stock up on masks, hats, horns and brooms on site.
- The Vitalpark has been transformed into “a mystical fairy tale cauldron of mythical creatures”. Bad Sachsa (District of Göttingen). In addition to demons and witches, there were also many legendary figures on stilts.
- In Thale (Harz district) rose one of the largest parties in Walpurgis. However, the dance was not on the “Hexentanzplatz” but in the clubhouse.
Witches ride the Brocken to mate with the devil
According to the widely held opinion, Walpurgis Night dates back to ancient pagan customs and superstitions. It is said that the witches went to the Brocken on the evening of April 30 to mate with the devil by the fire. Along the way, they are said to have bewitched everything they encountered. Farmers therefore attached crosses and bunches of grass to the stable doors to protect their cattle. The first Walpurgis festival organized for tourists took place in 1896 on the Brocken.