The Blautopf at Blaubeuren has a deep blue color, which is best seen in good weather periods. It is a feature of the Karst Spring
From the Swabian Jura mountains of southern Germany, the meaning “Blue Pot” in German, the spring’s blue and dazzling color lends itself to fascination and myth.
It is one of the largest of its kind in Germany, is 21 meters deep and below the water surface is a widely branched cave system.
The Blautopf has a vast underground cave system in the karst spring landscape. Erosion over 1000’s of years has dug an intricate and ever-growing network of tunnels through the region’s soft limestone, creating a complex underground drainage system.
Due to the high pressure of the water issuing from the bottom of the spring, the Blautopf has a steep funnel-like shape, measuring 21 meters (69 feet) at its deepest point.
Because the strange color, the remarkably deep pool has had a few legends associated with it over the centuries. Numerous myths and surround the blue spring, according to the legend “The Beautiful Lau” by Eduard Mörike – it is said that once there lived a water-mermaid.
The most famous legend associated with the Blautopf is that a beautiful mermaid who was incapable of laughing and could only bear stillborn children. According to the legend, the Mermaids husband, the King of the Black Sea, responded to this situation by banishing her to the Blautopf until she managed to laugh five times, which would break her stillborn curse.
When traveling to this spring in Blaubeuren, proceed with extreme caution. Because of the depth, diving is extremely dangerous Therefore, it is recommended to enjoy the view from the surface.