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The Rotofentürme form the distinctive Sleeping Witch in the Lattengebirge, view from the south

The Rotofentürme form the distinctive Sleeping Witch in the Lattengebirge , view from the south

height 1460  m above sea level NN
location Bavaria
Mountains Lattengebirge , Berchtesgaden Alps
Coordinates 47 ° 41 '39 "  N , 12 ° 55' 9"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 41 '39 "  N , 12 ° 55' 9"  E
Rotofen (Bavaria)
Normal way 1. From Hallthurm from 2. From Winkl (Bischofswiesen) from
particularities popularly known as the "sleeping witch" due to its shape
Summit cross on the Vorderen Rotofen (Großer Rotofenturm)

Summit cross on the Vorderen Rotofen (Großer Rotofenturm)

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The Rotofen is a mountain in the eastern part of the Lattengebirge in the Berchtesgaden Alps .


The Rotofen is divided from east to west into Vorderen ( 1370  m ), Middle ( 1396  m ) and Hinteren Rotofen ( 1460  m ). These peaks are often referred to collectively as the Rotofentürme ; the spelling Rothofen is found on older maps . The name comes from the yellow-red rock and cave-like erosions, where Ofen generally refers to jagged, towering rocks in the mountains.

The ascent is possible from the east side from Winkl and Hallthurm , but you can also reach the Rotofen from the west by crossing the Lattengebirge mountains from the Predigtstuhl via the Schlegelmulde, the Karkopf , the Dreisesselberg and the Steinerne Agnes . The route runs through the forest on both sides. It takes around four hours to cross the rotary kiln along the side. The hiking trail called the Roter Weg leading through the summit group is only suitable for people who are free from giddiness and surefootedness, are in good physical condition and have mountain hiking experience. The rock towers of the Vorderen Rotofen can only be climbed by climbing .

Sleeping witch

Sleeping witch seen from Bad Reichenhall .

Since the Rotofen, viewed from the valley, resembles the profile of a reclining woman, it is popularly known as the Sleeping Witch . Both from the south-east and from the north-west direction, the head with the chin and the distinctive nose as well as the chest can be clearly seen. The chest ("Hexenbusen") is formed by the Middle Rotofen (also called the signal head ). The front rotary oven consists of the large rotary oven tower, which forms the nose, and the small rotary oven tower, which represents the chin. The large Rotofenturm is also known as the "Montgelas nose", an allusion to the size and shape of Maximilian von Montgelas' nose .

There are several legends about the creation of the Sleeping Witch .

The stone witch at the preaching chair tells of a witch more than a thousand years ago who had withdrawn into the solitude of the mountain world because she didn't like the people and above all the Christians and their missionaries. Often she met the believers who prayed over the Hallthurm pass to the grave of St. Zeno as a friendly landlady. But the drink on offer had poisoned her and killed so many innocent people. Sometimes she also hid at a point on the path where the rocks fall very steeply and rolled stones down on the hikers. "Another one less," said the witch happily every time she succeeded in killing a Christian. So the wicked witch wanted to prevent Christianity from entering the Berchtesgadener Land. When the man of God Martinus also took the way over the Hallthurm to preach to the people in Berchtesgadener Land, the witch rolled down a heavy boulder. Warned by the thundering noise, he was able to jump aside and get to safety. The witch set another block of stone rolling again. Then Martinus held out a large cross that he had hung around his neck towards her. As the legend goes on, at the same moment a tremor ran through the mountains and there was a terrible rumble like a thousand thunders together. With irresistible force the witch was thrown to the ground and turned to stone. But Martinus could move on safely. Even today, anyone who drives the road from Reichenhall via Hallthurm to Berchtesgaden sees the petrified witch lying on top of the mountain peaks of the Predigtstuhl and the Schlegel with her chin cocked horribly upwards.

Another legend tells:

“The sleeping witch used to be a good maid. However, she was no longer young and had already lost many teeth. But she went about her work vigorously. Then the old farmer died and the heir was hothead. By cursing and scolding he wanted to show that he was now the master. One day it was so hot and the young farmer had driven so hard that the old maid had to lie down, exhausted, to rest. The farmer cursed. But the old maid said: "Kiss my ass, I'm sleeping now." And now she's still sleeping. "

- Thomabauer, 1927 : Legends, fairy tales and stories about Karlstein


  • Bernhard Kühnhauser: Alpine Club Guide Berchtesgaden Alps with Hochkönig . 20th edition. Bergverlag Rother , Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-7633-1127-9 .
  • Heinrich Bauregger: Berchtesgadener Land - Rother hiking guide . Bergverlag Rother GmbH, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-7633-4226-5 .
  • Johannes Lang: The face of a goblin with the distinctive tip of the nose in the Heimatblatt of September 2, 2019 as a supplement to the Reichenhaller Tagblatt

Web links

Commons : Sleeping Witch  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Between Salzburg and Bavaria (until 1594) . In: Walter Brugger (Ed.): History of Berchtesgaden . tape 1 . Plenk, Berchtesgaden 1991, ISBN 3-922590-63-2 , p. 147 .
  2. Gisela Schinzel-Penth : Sagas and legends about the Berchtesgadener Land . Ambro Lacus book and picture publisher, Frieding 1982, ISBN 3-921445-11-6 .
  3. Dr. Alfred Dieck: Legends, fairy tales and stories about Karlstein in the Berchtesgadener Land district . Self-published by the municipality of Karlstein, Karlstein (Bad Reichenhall) 1977, OCLC 16357148 ( limited preview in the Google book search).