The hilly landscape in this beautiful area in Switzerland is unique far and wide. As if created artificially, the uniform hills conjure up a unique scenario depending on the mood. Whether as bright green waves in the evening sun, mystical islands under the Milky Way or dreamy snowy landscapes in the moonlight. It is no coincidence that this area is listed twice in the Swiss Federal Inventory – as a landscape and natural monument of national importance and as a moor landscape of special beauty. Of course, science has known for a long time that these unique elevations, also called “drumlins”, were formed by debris deposits of the ice-age glaciers.
However, unusual landscape features such as these drumlins caused the devout and at the same time strongly superstitious population in ancient times to make all kinds of interpretations, which often resulted in the formation of a rich treasure of sagas and legends. And today this is considered a valuable cultural asset of a region. A legend about the origin of the drumlins dates back to a time when geological research had hardly matured. It tells of the first inhabitants of this landscape. At that time, the population soon grew to such an extent that the existing arable land in the landscape was no longer sufficient, and the people asked God the Father for more land. But he told them to remain modest and be content with what was there. The people did not follow this advice, but now turned to the devil. The devil granted them their wish on the condition that they commit themselves to him. Thereupon the devil and his assistants set about heaving the ground upwards from the bowels of the earth. The even hills were formed. The joy of the people was great at first, but it was soon discovered that the cultivation of the gained, much too steep area was very difficult. The people felt that they were being made fun of by the devil and, in revenge, placed a crucifix and/or a linden tree on each hill. Linden trees are considered to be detested by the devil because of their ancient sacredness and symbolism of power and love.