About mountains, valleys and the Rübezahl, a legendary mountain spirit: The Elbe River originates in the magnificent Giant Mountains and the Schneekoppe and then proceeds to flow 1094 kilometers thorough the Czech Republic and Germany. Romantic valleys, wildly roaring waterfalls and enchanted lakes are waiting to be discovered in this massif. In every season of the year this mountain world is unrivaled. It may seem to be so far away, yet in geographical terms it is so close to us. Above it looms the legend of that magical mythical figure. You can sense that he is just around the next curve of a mountain trail or hidden in some bizarre rock formation. “The Lord of the Mountains greets you many thousand times – the Ruebezahl.”
Father from Württemberg, mother from Saxony, Ulrich Metzner grew up in Bischofswerda and Cottbus. He has lived since 1980 in Taufkirchen/Upper Bavaria, while working in Grünwald, near Munich. Trained as a journalist on daily newspapers in Dortmund und Essen. Editor-in-chief of popular, women's and gourmet magazines. Founder and editor-in-chief of the journal SAVOIR-VIVRE 1994 in Aarau. Author of numerous books on cookery and various countries and regions.