Myth and Legend: The Best Supernatural Landmarks of Germany

If you’ve been to Germany but have never been to the countryside, it may surprise you to learn that Germans have a rich mythological history that’s still celebrated today. German cities tend to be models of efficiency, but as soon as you’ve stripped away the rapid transit and the busy boulevards, you’re able to see just how deep these currents of superstition go.

To really understand Germany’s rich history, visit places like Hamelin – where the Pied Piper was once known to roam – and the Black Forest – where seeing spirits and apparitions were commonplace occurrences once upon a time. Here are some of Germany’s most fascinating supernatural landmarks.

The Roßtrappe

The Roßtrappe is a very tall vertical rock formation found in the Bode Gorge in central Germany. To get up there, you can hike or take a convenient chair lift that gets you right to the peak in no time. Many people go there for the beautiful views, but others visit because of the story that’s connected to this particular rock.

Legend tells of the beautiful Princess Brunhilda who was fleeing her husband-to-be, a giant named Bodo. She made it to the gorge, but realized she had nowhere to go. Deciding to take her chances with the gorge rather than be caught, she launched herself and her horse off the edge. They made it across, while Bodo fell to his death. There’s still a hoofprint to mark where her horse jumped.

Gottfried Hoffmann