Legends of South Tyrol

South Tyrol's valleys and mountains are steeped in legends and fables. Who knows how many contain a kernel of truth? Are you easily enchanted by the numerous witches, sorcerers, wizards, giants and knights of yore? It is fascinating to read stories about them and to visit the places where these mythical figures lived. What, for example, is the story behind the red evening glow upon the summit of the Rosengarten massif? In the Dolomite valleys which have been cut off for so long you will find the heart of a magical kingdom. South Tyrol’s most beautiful settings are the scenes for its most dramatic legends. Explore and discover them for yourself.

Brunico/Bruneck and environs | Legends

The cross with bullet holes

When he arrived in Pinzgau, he won the competition easily and was presented with the main prize, a...

Bolzano/Bozen and environs | Legends

Wine Cheat on the Kuntersweg

He had disguised himself as a modest farmhand and asked for a jug of the best wine. This odd fellow...

Val Venosta/Vinschgau | Legends

The Travelling Wine Seller

He took his hatchet, counted eight of the spokes in one of the front wheels, and knocked out the...

Brunico/Bruneck and environs | Legends

The Cry of the Dead at Toblburg Castle

He stopped short, was about to turn round and was just taking a deep breath when he heard the...

Val d'Ega/Eggental | Legends

The legend of the Collepietra/Steinegg earth pyramids

One day, the farmer refused to pay the rent that was due. He claimed that he himself was the...

Bolzano/Bozen and environs | Legends

The Bung Scrooge

One day in autumn, he set off for Terlano to buy 100 litres of the best new wine. On the way home,...

Val d'Ega/Eggental | Legends

The legend of King Laurin and his rose garden

Laurin’s pride and joy was a magnificent garden in front of the gateway to his fortress within...

Val Venosta/Vinschgau | Legends

The Town on the Tartscher Bühel hill

One day, they devised a downright cruel and inhumane spectacle simply for their own amusement: They...

Dolomites Val Gardena | Legends

The Castle at the Abyss

All attempts to seize this castle failed. There was a rumour that the castle had been put under a...

Brunico/Bruneck and environs | Legends

The Mysterious Ball of Wool

At first, the girl was surprised and thought the ball of wool must belong to the farmer's wife. But...

Dolomites Val Gardena | Legends

The Giant Sassolungo

Sassolungo, for that was his name, often stole a chicken or two and, when the local farmers...

Bolzano/Bozen and environs | Legends

The Nasty Nörgele

The little goblin crept into the vineyard and began pulling off grapes as fast as he could and...

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