The highest peak in the Harz Mountains, the Brocken towers to 1,141 meters (3,743 feet) between the Weser and Elbe rivers in the far west of Saxony-Anhalt. It has long played a significant role in local folk legends, such as the tale of the child witch Bibi Blocksberg, as well as influencing Goethe’s acclaimed work “Faust”.
The Brocken is protected within the Harz Mountain National Park, which strad-dles the border between Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony. It protects extensive tracts of spruce and beech woodlands that provide a habitat for European wildcats and Eurasian lynx, as well as bogs that are frequented by rare black storks and peregrine falcons ...
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