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View from the pension

Once upon the time there was a wise woman who felt that the end of her long and fulfilled life had come. But before leaving Mother Earth she wished that all members of her family should meet for a joyous gathering instead of grieving too long … and so it happened.

I’m extremely glad that this lovely lady was my maternal grand-grandma, that all of her descendants came together for this feast and that the tradition of a regular family gathering was born these 10 years ago!

It’s always an enormous pleasure to see my aunts, uncles and cousins, grand aunts, grand uncles, grand cousins and their kids in one place. Being a member of such a fantastic family makes me even prouder! 

The long-lasting process of planning this weekend, the anticipation of that happy gathering and spending endless hours of chatting, laughing and celebrating with each other always makes this time together very special and unforgettable.

And time is flying - the younger ones among us have grown up quite a bit, the laugh lines of the elderly generation have become deeper, the family has been extended from time to time, … but the delight of getting together hasn’t changed a bit!


This August we met in the charming town of Altenbrak that is often seen as the ‘Pearl of the Bodetal’ and is located near Wernigerode in the Harz Mountains.

Picturesque surroundings and interesting activities are only two reasons listed on your invitation and they allow a quiet, harmonic and glorious time away from home.

Green valleys and hidden hiking trails, deep forests and high mountains, fairy-tale castles and historic towns like Halberstadt and Quedlinburg, the legendary Hexentanzplatz (witches’ dancing place) and narrow caves are just few of numerous highlights in and around Altenbrak.

The Harz Mountain area is totally worth a visit because there are so many neat and attractive spots to explore, fun-filled excursions to make, beautiful photos to take, traditional legends to listen to, local delicacies to taste, cordial people to meet and unforgettable hours to spend.    


Before leaving home in the early afternoon the usual back and forth packing had to be done. Could truly be that going on trips belongs to the most relaxing and exciting things to do but first of all the home door has to be locked (which isn’t that easy) but otherwise there isn’t a second of peace and relaxation in sight!

However, we stuffed our luggage (and do not tell anybody that this was going to be a tiny trip over the weekend ‘cause it rather looked as if we were planning to emigrate), caged the remaining hustle and bustle in the house and finally left.

Four hours later we arrived at our pension in Altenbrak where half of our great group was already waiting. Do I have to mention that the night was a pretty long one or very short depending on the point of view?!

wanderlustbohemian says:
Right out of a storybook. Excellent!
Magnificent pictures!
Posted on: Sep 14, 2009
Africancrab says:
Beautiful indeed Kora!
Posted on: Sep 05, 2009
RH122 says:
Nice place with excellent view.
Posted on: Aug 31, 2009
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View from the pension
View from the pension
Altenbrak Hostels review
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Pension Harzresidenz is a small guest-house in the town of Altenbrak. A big plus concerning this pension are the beautiful surroundings that are d… read entire review
photo by: Koralifix