The Gerzkopf belongs to the “Fritztal forest mountains“ and due to its wealth of forest carries the by-name of “Green Mountain”. It counts as a particularly mysterious and secluded natural gem. Between grazing sheep, wishing bell, cotton grass and dragonflies, visitors can savour an intensive feeling of peace.
The 1,728 m high Gerzkopf in Eben is wooded up to the very peak. On its upper third the route leads through a larch mountain pine field with the legendary “Schwarze Lacke“ (Black Pool), in which a golden carriage is supposed to lie.
The legend of the “Schwarze Lacke“ says, that deep underneath the dark water’s surface rages an angry lindworm atop a golden carriage, which means mischief by flooding the area. Up until now it hasn’t succeeded – and the signs are favourable that it won’t happen in the near future. It’s still mystical up here all the same.
The high alpine biotope “Schwarze Lacke“ in the “European Nature Reserve Gerzkopf“ offers particularly beautiful creatures a habitat – so here you can observe dainty dragonflies – amongst them the alpine azure hawker or the golden-ringed dragonfly, as they dance like elves over the dark water’s surface.
photo credits: TVB Eben, Cojen Weesjes