A Switzerland mountain is being auctioned on eBay for $235,000, down from its original asking price of $1.2 million. A 19th-century picture was inspired by the tabletop mountain.
The Zirkelstein is the smallest table hill in Saxon Switzerland and was first listed for sale on the internet on July 15. The hill is located around 1,261 feet above the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, commonly known as the Elbe Sandstone Highlands.
The hill boasts a wooded and cone-shaped peak, as well as a distinctive 130-foot-table-top summit of sandstone. Caspar David Friedrich, a German landscape artist, made the monument renowned after using it as an inspiration for his 1818 masterpiece titled “Wanderer over the Sea of Fog,” according to CBS News.
The property’s current owners have listed it for sale on eBay under the heading “Unique/ Your own mountain in Saxon Switzerland.” Saxon is a climbing area and national park located southeast of Dresden, Germany, along the Elbe River. The region shares the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with the Czech Republic’s Bohemian Switzerland.
According to Andre Marschner, the property’s sales manager, the current owners are wanting to sell the mountain owing to “age-related factors.” He stated that the sellers are no longer capable of maintaining and managing the forest on their own.
Prospective purchasers of the mountain should be informed that they will not have exclusive rights to the region. The hill is surrounded by a forest, with several public routes for enjoyment. “Building a fence is out of the question. However, the owner is the only one permitted to drive a car in the area,” Renke Coordes of the state forest management enterprise Sachsenforst told CBS News in an interview.
According to the New York Post, the sellers of the property boasted that, while being only 20 acres, the mountain’s distinctive qualities made it one of the most spectacular rock formations in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The hill was listed for sale in 2006 with a $1.2 million asking price. The price was apparently reduced to $590,000 in 2007 before being reduced to its current value.