Legends and Myths
summary of the Legend of the Liechtenstein Gorge:
How the devil meant to divert the Gastein Springs:
The blacksmith of Oberarl in Plankenau/Sankt Johann had promised his handicapped daughter to the devil, provided the devil was able to bring him the healing springs of Gastein. The pact had one further condition; that the devil’s work be finished before the first cock crow the following morning. The devil agreed and set to work in the dead of night. The blacksmith’s wife – known to be a cunning witch – learned of the pact and vowed to bring her husband’s greed to an end. Taking up the bird just before day-break she doused it in the cold waters of the well trough causing it to crow lustily for all to hear. The devil, on his way to deliver his handiwork, was flying over the gorge with the warm springs, when he heard the Oberarl cock crowing and knew he had come too late. Furious at his failure, he flung the springs deep into the gorge so that no man would be able to reach them ever again. Until this day is has not been possible to extract the healing spring water from the canyon and divert it for general use.