Foto: Nobert Hüttisch
In the Black Forest, there are a lot of places that attract many tourists. Often it is their beauty or specialness that attracts them, such as the Waterfalls of Triberg for example. A lot of these places are the source for some very special legends of myths that were established in the long and rich history of the Black Forest.
One of these very mystical places ist he Mummelsee, or Mummellake, in the northern part of the Black Forest. While it used to be quite isolated in earlier times, it is one of the most visited Black Forest lakes nowadays, thanks to its location at the Schwarzwaldhochtstraße, the main travel route through the Black Forest.
It’s not only its breathtaking scenery that attracts the visitors, but also a lot of myths and stories around it that fascinates the people:
One says that there used to be a monastary for ‚pure souls’ where the lake is today. Because of a ‚rage of heaven’, the monestary vanished one day and where it used to be, only a dark, deep lake could be found. The residents oft he are noticed though that they had somehow help with their daily work: The houses were already cleaned or the cattle already fed when they got up in the morning. The people of the region were convinced that it was the pure souls oft he monestary that helped them and made the region to be so fertile.
Another legend tells of a young shepherd met a lovely virgin there. They spent hours telling tales and singing together. Yet the virgin always warned the shephard not to look for her at the lake in case she does not show up for their daily meetings. When that happnened one day, the longing became too strong though and the shepherd looked for the girl anyway. When he could not find her at the lake, he sat down at the shore and yelled her name. This cause a loud roar coming out oft he lake and the water got as red as blood. The boy ran home, panic filled, and died there.
The third tale says that a lot of ghosts used to live in the lake and came into the settlements at nighttime. The residents saw that they were poorly dressed and wanted to do them something good: Therefore, they provided them with clothes. The ghosts were not happy about this though: They felt wounded in their pride and were angry that their presence was discovered. Therefore, they went back into the lake and were never again seen.
As you can tell, the mystic landscape around the Mummelsee delivers a lot of inspirtaion for tales and storys. And who knows – some might even be true.