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Mysticism, healing and ritual practices at Mount Untersberg

Many myths and legends speak of the sleeping king in Mount Untersberg. No other Alpine peak has received as much public attention in Germany over recent years as this enormous massif, which dominates the Berchtesgaden and Salzburg regions, straddling Germany's border with Austria.
It has been said that the Alps are the giant heart and the altars of Europe. One of its brethren, Mount Untersberg - which first appears in records in 1306 - is shrouded in myth and legend. Located between Berchtesgaden and Salzburg, its loftiest peak is known as the high throne. Emperor Charlemagne is said to be asleep inside waiting to be reawakened, his presence portended by circling ravens. There are also nearly 400 mysterious caves which are thought to be haunted by mountain spirits. Untersberg is known by a variety of names, including "miracle mountain", "magical mountain" and "holy mountain".
For some considerable time, it has also been referred to as the "mountain of light", courtesy of its breathtaking phenomena that occur when the sun shines down on its craggy surface. During his visit to Salzburg in 1992, the Dalai Lama described the mountain as the "heart chakra of Europe". Mount Unterberg attracts spiritual perceptions that view nature and the Earth as being endowed with a soul, ideas that are shown to have a basis in reality through western geomancy. Ley lines, the purported network through which the Earth's energy flows, are deemed to be stronger at certain places, of which Mount Untersberg is an example.
Mount Untersberg is one of the most notable places in Germany when it comes to legends of caves and sleeping kings. Its magical appeal and majestic appearance have given it a prominent role in the world of myths and legends. For centuries, the mountain has repeatedly been sought out as a place of spiritual energy, healing and as a sacred ritual site. Annual pilgrimages, sacred springs, myths and legends and the fabled "time portal" speak volumes for its appeal. Gargantuan cave systems, which have not yet been fully explored, extend deep into the heart of the mountain. Its huge subterranean caverns and haunted passageways appear regularly in tales of lore. Phenomena associated with time travel and time lapses also feature in the many legends and stories. The forests of the mountain are the fabled home of giants and the wild women, whose special powers are used to reward those who have served them well. Mount Untersberg also remains a place of more conventional spiritual meaning as the destination for the annual Untersberg pilgrimage on 14 August, the day before the celebration of the Assumption of Mary.



A8, InterCity/RegionalExpress services, Freilassing station