A few legends about our area…
Before the Lombards left Tyrol they put in place fortifications instead of milestones in order to isolate themselves better from the Romans and Germans. They called the fortification that bordered Germany Metam Germanicam
or “Deutschmetz” while they called the one that looked towards Italy Metam Lombardicam
or “Wälschmetz”. Above these fortifications stood the terminus, or border post, and the name of the town situated there now—Tramin (Termeno in Italian)—is derived from this. Because the treaty between the Germans and Italians was signed in the open country outside the village of Auer, Castellum foederis
—i.e. the Castle of the Alliance—was built as a lasting reminder of this agreement.
The fighting washerwomen
In Neumarkt several washerwomen were doing their washing in the moat when the sorcerer Lazer came by with his book of spells and decided to make mischief.
He opened the book, spoke a number of words and the washerwomen suddenly began to fight and scrap amongst themselves and tear at each other’s hair. There was no lack of cursing and swearing. Lazer was greatly amused and laughed uncontrollably. When they had been battling like this for a while, he reversed the spell and the washerwoman suddenly stopped their fight, looked at each other bewildered and returned to their washing as though nothing had happened.
Dr Martin Luther
Martin Luther was on his way to a meeting of the Council at Trient and was not very far away from this town. He asked an old woman passing by whether the Council had already begun and what the bishops were doing. "It’s been going on for a while already", she said to the Father, "and just now they are boiling oil in a giant kettle ready to brew Dr Luther as soon as he arrives." Luther turned in his tracks and lunched in Salurn. He was recognized by someone there and suddenly began to fear for his life. He left the village in a hurry, so owing his life to the food, or according to some, the sausages! On his return journey to Germany he spent time with some good friends in Anger Castle near Klausen.
Ghosts in Enn Castle
It is said that there are ghostly goings on at night around the ruined castle of Enn above Montan. Passers-by say they can hear sighing and whimpering as though prisoners are still being tortured in the underground dungeons as they used to be in days gone by, in this castle where the strictest punishments were dished out.
In the 11th century three knights of Enn had brutally murdered Count Henry of Eppan. Though punished for their crime at the time, the murderers are still condemned to wander the ruins as ghosts in the form of three knights in black until their hour of forgiveness comes and they are released.
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