Mountain Biking Highlight
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The Teufelsstein is located on the top of the mountain of the same name. It shows clear traces of processing and probably served as a cult object in earlier times.
Carved steps lead to the top, where there is a depression. It is interpreted as a sacrificial bowl for religious rites of the Celts. A blood gully runs down beside the steps.
Until 1981, a gondola lift ran up here from the premises of the Dürkheim Sausage Market.
July 4, 2019
The following legend is told about the area:
“Once, when the Limburg monastery was built on the mountain opposite the Teufelsstein, the monks used the devil as a construction helper. They had persuaded him that they wanted to build an inn and in this way persuaded him to pile the huge blocks of stone on top of each other. It was only when the bells rang out for the ceremonial consecration of the basilica after the system was completed that the devil noticed the fraud. Full of rage, he wanted to grab the huge boulder on the opposite mountain and hurl it at the new monastery. But God protected the monks, the stone became soft as butter. Then the devil sat on it, and his buttocks, feet, and tail left imprints that are still visible to this day..."
The mountain station of the gondola lift was destroyed by arson
In the book he published, Die picturesque and romantic Rheinpfalz, Franz Weiß dedicated an epic poem to the legend of the Teufelsstein, which ends as follows:
"Still resting on the same spot
a silent witness and alone,
where he fell from the lord of hell,
on a high mountain – the Teufelsstein.”
March 28, 2020
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