Brocken Spectre


Mountain, Weather

Area of origin

Harz Mountains, Germany

Area of use


A vastly magnified shadow of a person or thing (e.g. aircraft) illuminated against low cloud and surrounded by a coloured halo (the glory). Generally seen if walking a ridge path above cloud in a valley. [C.J.]


From the German Brockengespenst “spectre of the Brocken” – First described in 1780 associated with the Brocken, a peak in the Harz mountains of Germany

Example locations

  • Wetherlam
    Lake District

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Entry contributors:

Chris Johnson