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Swaths of fog mystically creep up the mountains. The excitement in the air is palpable, we are eager to ride up the mountain on our broomsticks exploring the “Hexenwasser Hochsöll” made up by witches and fairy tales. Ride on a broomstick!?
Well, dear readers: Our ride is made easy by the comfort of modern times using gondolas, the witches having swapped skis for broomsticks during the summer season. “Bewitched” storytelling starts right then & there: Our very own personal witch for the day, Martina, is joining our group of travel bloggers after more enchanting, creative holiday experiences in Salzburg. And Martina continues to enchant us: Her wit, stories & legends about the witches of Tyrol Brixental cast a spell on us: The spell of exploration! Check this out.
Having arrived at about 1.100 metres above sea level, we are greeted by fresh air, mystical clouds of fog and … a hug witches’ cauldron. Nothing strange is boiling up here in Hochsöll, though, all we can hear is the laughter of Martina’s colleagues who are actually working in the cauldron – a cute little souvenir shop filled with local treasures! Right next to it, witches carved of wood show the way along various adventure pools & stories at the “Hexenwasser”. Our witch Martina leads the way, demonstrating what sets this area apart from all other mountain areas used for hiking and recreation: The essence of local storytelling and a unique fabric of legends and myths woven into this beautiful landscape in the Tyrol mountains.
Look, feel, understand: What is often designed to entertain kids is equally enchanting to us. The magic of the Tyrol Hexenwasser gets to us: In no time, we have climbed the giant ant posing for a group picture. Johannes runs in the water wheel (almost like a hamster 😉 ) starting a chain reaction of little water falls coming down the mountain. Susi creates her own ring in no time using natural material in the creative workspace, feeling just so proud about herself! Meanwhile Martina … ?
She has vanished. Turned into thin air! Almost like the two sisters, who hundreds of years ago were accused of witchcraft by the local population thanks to their special healing abilities, supposedly able to turn themselves into a wooden chair in order to escape the authorities (the chair promptly being convicted and burnt at the stake – no joke!) This is what Martina told us, anyway. Martina who …
… seriously! Countless beehives live up here at Hexenwasser Hochsöll, busy these days raising a new queen. They do this feeding her royal jelly (a special diet turning ordinary bees into queens), essentially turning her into a birth machine of up to 1.500 new bees per day (!). We explore the fascinating world of bees and are invited to make our own bee wax candles as a souvenir for back home: Nice! Johannes, too, is inspired to make a broomstick for his sister Yvonne (of JustTravelous), whereas Susi aka “Black Dots White Spots” finds inspiration as a creative jewellery artist. Good on ya, dear friends!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Hexenwasser Hochsöll in order to experience the “Hexenwasser” mountain adventures. All opinions are my own.