Stierchen Bridge - Luxembourg
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Becktracker
N 49° 36.677 E 006° 08.246
32U E 293212 N 5499348
Quick Description: Medieval fortified bridge across the Alzette which presumably houses the Stierchen-Gheest
Location: Luxembourg
Date Posted: 12/19/2020 4:46:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM13HJ3
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
Views: 3

Long Description:
from luxtimes.lu:

The small medieval stone arch “Pont du Stierchen” footbridge next to the Abbaye de Neumunster in the Grund area of Luxembourg City was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.

The bridge is said to be the focal point for one of Luxembourg’s most terrifying and strangest ghosts: the Stierches-geescht. The ghost is said to haunt the old parts of Luxembourg City at night.

According to what has to be the weirdest ghostly myth of Luxembourg, the Stierches-geescht was a heavy drinker before his death and is therefore especially fond of scaring drunkards. It is claimed that he’ll sit on the shoulders of inebriated individuals, throw them to the ground and beat them up.

Sometimes he’ll appear as a bull, a wolf, a dog, a cat, a hare or even as a piglet. Some have claimed they’ve encountered the Stierches-geescht as an empty barrel and some as horse dung. On occasions the ghost will present himself as a giant holding a massive club with which he’ll beat unsuspecting drunks.

A long time ago an unlucky nightly farer on his way home from an evening at the Rham Plateau encountered the Stierches-geescht in the form of a barrel. The man saw the container floating down the Alzette-river and, thinking it was a bucket, he reached for it. Suddenly, he felt something grabbing him. To his horror, it was the Stierches-geescht, now in the shape of a weird fluvial monster. The ghost put the man on a small narrow part of the “Bockfelsen”, where the poor fellow had to sit all night. Any movement would have caused the unfortunate man to fall off the cliff and face certain death. It wasn’t until the next day that the terrified (and, surely, slightly embarrassed) man could be saved.

In previous centuries the ghoul would run around on the Stierchen-bridge in the shape of a piglet. People would try to catch it, but whenever someone got close the pig would disappear and re-appear on the other side of the bridge. According to one legend, it was only when hunters gathered around in a closed circle and slowly tightened the circle, that the wild creature could be caught. A man carried the animal home in an apron, but when he wanted to show the creature to his family, the piglet vanished and in its place he found a heap of horse dung.
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