Wilder Mann

At 643 m asl, in the forest of Monticolo, there is a viewpoint called Wilder Mann Buehel.

The Wilder Mann Buehel is located in the protected area of the forest of Monticolo, above the little lake of Monticolo. It is one of the hiking destinations in this area that is ideal for those who do seek the most challenging trails. If you park your car in the sports area of Ronco, you can either walk or overcome the distance by bike. At the Wilder Mann you can admire ancient high altitude settlements of the Iron Age. Also the little stone pyramids, that is to say little stone constructions, are eye-catching both for adults and kids. This is also where you can enjoy a panoramic view on the Oltradige and the Monticolo forest.

The name of the remote place dates back to the period in which the first humans settled the area of Appiano. This mountain was imputed with the characteristics of a wild man (Wilder Mann), for this reason it is still called “Wilder Mann”. Other theories claim that it used to be an ancient sacrificial site. Archaeological findings dating back to the Ice Age and late Bronze Age partially testify the assumptions of the researchers. However, there are also other mystical stories telling about this place.

However, what is sure is the following: Peter Weth, citizen of Appiano, used to live in this place in the 19th century. On a journey to North America, in which was digging for gold, he lived with the Indians for a while. After his return, he was attracted by the calm of nature and started living in the forest. Still today you can see his carvings “P.W., geb. 1824″ (P.W. born in 1824).

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