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Walpurgis Night

On the night before the first of May witches swoop through Wernigerode up to Mount Brocken, where they convene with the devil. Superstitious nonsense you might think, but you could be in for a surprise ... Every 30 April thousands of people from all over Germany head to this famous mountain, also known as the Blocksberg, to celebrate Walpurgis Night.

A night for witches and devils
On the evening before the first of May witches gather together at the Hexentanzplatz (witches' dance), from where they fly up as one to Mount Brocken. Their sinister cavortings around the fire are said to reunite them with the devil. Every year thousands of people dressed as witches and demons flock to this spectacle of the macabre, when the festivities continue until sunrise.
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Places of interest

Wernigerode is the "colourful town" in the legendary Harz. With its medieval timber-framed architecture, winding alleyways and numerous historical buildings, the small town of Wernigerode radiates an extra-special charm. Particularly impressive buildings include the town hall, the Gadenstedt Family’s House and Krummel's House. The Western Gate Tower, part of the old ring of fortifications, is also well worth visiting.
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Art & culture

Over the course of the years, the art scene in Wernigerode has brought forth several galleries. The town's Art and Culture Association maintains one of these, and in the Angers Hof Gallery visitors can see a comprehensive exhibition of bookplates.
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