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The Gänseschnabel (a porphyritic rock), ca. 1900[1]
The Gänseschnabel
View of the Behre valley

The Gänseschnabel is a natural monument north of Ilfeld in Thuringia, Germany. It is a striking, free-standing rock pillar made of porphyry, which resembles the beak of a goose (or duck) and from which there is a comprehensive view of the Behre valley looking towards Netzkater.

There is a legend connected with the Gänseschnabel about a spellbound goose girl who had fallen in love with a monk from the monastery at Ilfeld. A witch went to transform the monk in a rock when he waved to her from the other side of the valley. As the goose girl burst into tears, the witch turned her to stone as well.


  1. ^ Coloured black-and-white photograph.


  • Graevert, Horst (1984), Meyenburg Museum, ed., "Der Gänseschnabel" (in German), Beiträge zur Heimatkunde aus Stadt und Kreis Nordhausen (Nordhausen) Heft 9: pp. 22-25 

Coordinates: 51°35′7.98″N 10°47′32.69″E / 51.5855500°N 10.7924139°E / 51.5855500; 10.7924139