The Sciliar Witches

Many legends and myths in South Tyrol entwine around the Sciliar Witches

Thanks to its particular shape the Sciliar massif has become the emblem of lovely South Tyrol. But actually there is no other mountain known for so many legends and myths as the Sciliar massif.

Magic creatures and strange spirits are said to live here and already in Medieval times it was believed a popular meeting place of legendary witches, who came from all parts, flying on their broomsticks. The Sciliar Witches (Schlernhexen, in German) - so it is told - were responsible for severe thunderstorms around the Sciliar massif.

Only one of the Sciliar Witches, the witch Martha, was a good witch, especially with children. The witches are also part of the legend of King Laurin. In Medieval times, some nine women around Fiè allo Sciliar were sentenced to death as they were said to be witches and weather makers.

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