The Bodetal – wild romantic and incredibly beautiful

      Precipitous rock walls to your left and right, where mystical trees hold on to the rocks. In between that, deep down in the valley, the sometimes calmly running, sometimes wildly streaming river Bode.
      Old forests and mountain meadows in blossom, bony roots, silhouettes turned to stone and with a bit of luck even a real witch – all that and a lot more is to be found in the Bodetal, in the Sagenharz.

      Topographically, the Bodetal is 17 km long, from the Rappbodetalsperre near Wendefurth to Thale. But commonly, only the 10 km long, ravine-like section between the cities Treseburg and Thale is referred to as the Bodetal. The river created a valley in the granite that is up to 280 meters deep.

      Wanderer auf Jungfernbrücke (Foto: Matthias Haltenhof)


      At the beginning of the 19th century, the Bodetal was still a natural, nearly invincible ravine. There were no hiking trails at that time, so that one could only get into the wild, steep valley via the riverbed of the raging river Bode. The first narrow hiking trails were only laid out in 1818, due to the continuingly increasing tourism.

      Boundary stones show, that the Bode once used to be a boundary river. The right riverside belonged to the kingdom of Prussia, the left one above the “Bodekessel” to the duchy Brunswick. In 1937, the Bodetal was already declared to be a nature reserve between Thale and Treseburg. Because of this, its nature is still untouched, which is why the most gigantic rock valley north of the Alps is one of the most popular vacation and daytrip regions today.

      Get inspired and experience the Bodetal, the Sagenharz

      Bodekessel (Foto: Matthias Haltenhof)

      The “Bodekessel”

      In the middle of the Bodetal, about 3 kilometres away from Thale, lies the “Bodekessel”, where the water seems to boil and the air is foaming up.

      Tiny drops of water reflect the sunrays above the water and it seems like small diamonds would sparkle in the air. A legend says that here, on the lowest part of the Bode, the Bohemian giant knight “Bodo” sits transformed into a dog. This is where he guards the golden crown, which princess “Brunhilde” lost during her jump to the Rosstrappe, and now lies at the bottom of the Kessel.

      Until 1790, there was a little waterfall, which had to be blown up in order to float wood to the ironworks in Thale.