There is a long tradition in Liechtenstein of recounting legends and passing them on down through the generations. Many of these legends tell of fears and superstitions represented in the form of devils, witches and natural spirits, while others explain how iconic parts of Liechtenstein's natural landscape (such as the "Three Sisters" mountain peaks) came to be.
On the Feast of the Assumption (15 August), three sisters went up to Gafadura above the village of Planken to pick berries. As they walked along the path they heard the sound of the church bells announcing the holy feast. One of the sisters suggested that they should go to church, but the other two replied that the baskets had to be full of berries before they returned to the village.
Towards the end of the afternoon the baskets were full and the sisters headed back home. On their way they met a beautiful woman who asked them for some berries. The sisters were reluctant to give her any and replied that people who want berries should pick them themselves. All of a sudden a halo appeared around the head of the woman and she spoke to them: "You have dishonoured my holy day and refused my request. Your hearts are of stone. Therefore, as a punishment, you shall be turned into stone and stay here forever." Upon saying that, the three sisters were transformed into huge rocks, which from that day on became known as The Three Sisters.
Although there are some municipalities that are particularly well-known for their legends for example Triesenberg, Triesen and Balzers each of the eleven municipalities has its own legends. Often a legend is associated with a particular municipality because local buildings, people or areas of land are mentioned. "Die Jungfrau von Gutenberg" is from Balzers; "Die Tobelhocker" is from Triesen; "Die Wildmannli" is from Triesenberg; "Der Lochgass-Schimmel" is from Vaduz; "Der Gritscher Poli" is from Schaan; "Der Geist bei der Kapelle" is from Planken; "Die goldene Boos" is from Eschen-Nendeln; "Der Pfandbrunnen" is from Mauren-Schaanwald; "Die Gampriner Rheinmühle" is from Gamprin; "Das Geisterhaus" is from Schellenberg; "Eine Hexe als Hund" is from Ruggell.