St. Lorenz am Mondsee
Where the Dragon Gave the Mountain His Name!
At the foot of the Drachenwand lies the village of St. Lorenz. The area around the baroque parish church with its two ,onion towers´ and the old lime tree is perceived as restful in every season. But how did the mountain get its peculiar name?
The Legend of the Dragon and the Dragon´s Wall
Once upon a time there lived a dragon next to the Drachenwand. He fell in love with the priest´s housekeeper but alas she did not respond to his wistful pleas. Her devotion belonged to the priest alone. In fierceness and despair the dragon decided full of rage to leave his dwelling at the Drachenwand and go and kidnap her. He flew to the Mondsee market place and snatched her away, catching her amidst a particularly merry frolic on a day of religious fasting!
The dragon seized the priest´s housekeeper with his claws and flew back to the Drachenwand. Unfortunately however, the priest´s housekeeper was considerably heavier than he had presumed. As a result they both collided with full force against the Drachenwand knocking a huge hole in the wall which can still be seen today. This Dragon´s Hole is 18 metres high! Thus the name for the Drachenwand was set for all time.
- Inhabitants: 2.226
- Area: 23 km²
- Altitude (from): 486m ASL
- Altitude (to): 486m ASL
- Longitude: 13.353
- Latitude: 47.8203
A1 Autobahn - Exit: Mondsee
Straßwalchen Railroad Station -> 15 km out from St. Lorenz