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Zammer Lochputz is a picturesque gorge near a town
of Zams in Tyrol province of Austria. Zammer Lochputz has a hiking
trail that passes through this beautiful geologic formation. One of
the more famous rock formation is that of the head of a nymph or a
maiden and a bull.
Zammer Lochputz is a small canyon that was formed by
water that runs from Lechtaler Alps. In 1924 Zams power station was
opened to use the power of the running water. Total volume that
passes through Zammer Lochputz gorge range from 1000 to 2000 liters
per second. It is particularly strong during spring months when
snows are melting and lowest in the summer months of the year.
Zammer Lochputz is easily accessible via hiking trails and bridges.
Local Myths of Zammer Lochputz
The natural beuty of Zammer Lochputz made it a stuff
of legends. Of these legends is tied to the ruins of a single home
that probably belonged to a blacksmith judging by its remains. Local
residents claim that this house belonged to a blacksmith who lost
his wife. Old man lived in seclusion and rarely ventured into other
villages and towns near Zammer Lochputz. One day he met a beautiful
maid (water nymph of the river that flows through Zammer Lochputz)
who sang by the water fall. Lonely man approached her and started
talking about his loneliness. The good hearted woman joined the old
man in his house and was adopted as a daughter.
The beauty of the girl of course did not go unnoticed
by the young men in the region of Zammer Lochputz. A local shepherd
from Lochalm fell in love with a girl and approached her adopted
father, the blacksmith, with a proposition of heart and marriage.
The Blacksmith didn't want to part with his daughter, but he
couldn't refuse the proposal. So he decided to give shepherd several
impossible tasks as a test of his seriousness.
Suprisingly young man completed all the tasks.
However the old man had a last trick up his sleave. As shepherd was
approaching blacksmith's house, the old man cut supporting ropes of
the Hangebrucke (Hanging bridge) over Zammer Lochputz. Young man
fell into rapid water at the bottom of the gorge. Local legend claim
that the shepherd turned into a huge, angry bull as water covered
him. However young girl, the water nymph rescued young man and
retreated into the depths of the Zammer Lochputz. According to local
superstitions young man and his wife, the water nymph today live in
the valley. They are hidden from the rest of self centered humans
and are united in eternity. The house of the blacksmith caught fire
several weeks after attempted murder and completely burned down to
the ground along with the blacksmith.