When the Witches dance

Walpurgisnacht: 30th April The forests, mountains and ancient towns of Germany’s Harz region whisper of fairytale – and nightmare. It’s no coincidence  the most common figure you’ll see is that  of a hideous, cackling crone. She may be comic now: a neon sign over a kitsch bierhaus, a portrait made in slate on a hotel wall or…

A steam-fuelled folk tale of Brocken Mountain

The Harz Forest. Land of spectral giants and mysterious moots. A folk-tale, Hansel & Gretel world of wicked witches, deep pine forests and Rapunzels letting down their hair. A place where underground, in the mines, men make fires to wrench the earth’s riches from her bowels and overground, those riches are spent by great princes of…