Edelfrauengrab Wasserfall

If you are considering a hike across the rocky clifftops of the Karlsruher Grat , you will first come across these magnificently situated waterfalls in the Gottschlägtal with a total of 180 steps and 7 cascades.

The legend of the Edelfrauengrab Wasserfälle goes something like this::

The name can be traced back to an ancient legend. During the time of the Crusades, the knight Wolf von Bosenstein marched off with the imperial army to the Holy Land. His wife whom he had left behind did not think much of marital fidelity, and was having a good time living it up with her lover. One day a beggar woman with seven starving children knocked on the door of Schloss Bosenstein asking for alms. In front of her seven children, she was mocked and brusquely driven away by the haughty lady of the castle. The beggar woman put a curse on Frau von Bosenstein saying: "You shall bear seven children all at the same time, and all so miserable as these whom you here scorn." The curse came true. One day the lady of the castle gave birth to seven children. In her distress, she saw no other way out other than to order her maidservant to put the children in a sack and drown them in the castle moat. Precisely at that time, the lord of the castle was returning home from the Crusades and saw the maidservant. He asked her what she was doing, and wanting to make it sound believable, the maidservant said she was taking some puppies to drown them. The lord of the castle took the sack and looked inside. In furious rage, the knight ordered the maidservant to go back to the castle and tell the lady that her command had been carried out. Wolf himself then took the children to his relatives at Burg Hohenfels in the Alsace and had them brought up there learning, among other things, how to play the harp. Seven years later, Wolf had the seven children brought back to Schloss Bosenstein for a celebration. In their tatty clothes, the children played their harps, singing of their sad fate. To the question he put to his guests, what sort of punishment should such an inhumane mother deserve, the lady of the castle indignently replied: "She should be given a loaf of bread and a jug of water and be entombed alive!" To that her angry husband retorted: "So be it. You have spoken your own judgment. Exactly that is what shall happen to you!" And so it was to be. Wolf had his wife entombed alive with some bread and water in a cave that had been formed by water in the Gottschlägtal. Eventually, he commanded that the stream be diverted into the cave to release his wife from her torment. From that time on, the cave has been known as the "Edelfrauengrab".

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© Elmar Gaiser