Walpurgis in the Harz Mountains

Celebrate the Walpurgis festival in Altenau with witches and devils

Walpurgis celebrations have been a firm tradition in the Harz Mountains for decades: Winter is driven away with witches and devils around the mystical flickering fires on the mountains of the Harz and spring is welcomed with cheerfulness and joy. By the way, you no longer have to climb the Brocken - it's pretty cold there at night. Celebrate this night at the Kurgastzentrum Altenau, in the "Altenauer Hexenkessel"! A special highlight are the performances of the dancing Bruchberg witches at the bubbling witches' cauldron!

The haunting of the Altenau witches' cauldron really begins on 30 April 2024 at 5.00 pm with the procession of little witches and devils with musical accompaniment from the Altenau brewery in Breite Straße. The Walpurgis spectacle in the Altenau concert garden/spa centre invites families to the witches' cauldron with a mini disco, face painting, the big parade, all kinds of devilish games, a witches' broom driving licence and baking bread on sticks over the witches' bonfire as well as a colourful fireworks display.

The magical world of witches

The traditional Walpurgis party starts at around 8.30 pm with live music, a small fire show, hot music with DJ Diggi and bewitching hustle and bustle until midnight, when the head devil appears with the famous devil's speech and the May Queen. This is followed by the big May welcome fireworks.

The mysterious Walpurgis Market also attracts visitors to the Altenau witches' cauldron with hellish delicacies such as devil's sausage, witches' steak and sweet treats. Drinks of all kinds are provided and colourful cocktails bubble away in the witches' cauldron!

Matching accessories for witches and devils such as masks, hats, horns and brooms can be purchased directly on site.

Entry to the Walpurgis event is free.

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Walpurigs 2024 programme

29 April 2024 and 30 April 2024

Children's program

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Children's face painting in the foyer of the Kurgastzentrum Altenau 
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Heating up in the witches' cauldron: Teuflisch hot DJ music and children's party
5:00 pm Parade of witches, devils and stilt walkers with musical accompaniment by SMG Oker from the Altenau brewery, Breite Straße
5:00 pm Children's Walpurgis with teuflic games and baking bread over the witches' bonfire.
5:45 pm Witches' theater for children with witch Ambrosia von Serpens
6:45 pm Witches' children's magic show with witch Ambrosia von Serpens

Conclusion of the children's Walpurgis with a colorful ground firework display

Evening program

7:30 pm - 01:00 am. Walpurgis Night in the Altenau witches' cauldron with the live band Two Voices an Friends
8:30 pm Performance of the dancing Bruchberg witches at the blazing cauldron
9:30 pm Performance by the dancing Bruchberg witches at the blazing cauldron
approx. 10:15 pm Fire show with witch Ambrosia von Serpens
11:30 pm Performance by the dancing Bruchberg witches at the blazing cauldron
12:00 pm Appearance of the head devil with the famous devil's speech and the May Queen, followed by a big May welcome firework display

Admission is free!

Subject to change without notice.