KEY POINTS

  • A mountain in Saxon Switzerland, known as Zirkelstein, is being sold for $235,000
  • The current owners of the property initially put the hill up for sale for $1.2 million in 2006
  • The mountain was the inspiration behind a masterpiece called "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog"

A Switzerland mountain is being sold on eBay for a discounted price of $235,000, down from its initial asking price of $1.2 million. The tabletop mountain was the inspiration for a 19th-century painting.

The landmark, which is known as the Zirkelstein, is the smallest table hill in Saxon Switzerland and was first put on sale on the website on July 15. The hill sits at about 1,261 feet above the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, also known as the Elbe Sandstone Highlands.

The hill has a peak that is wooded and cone-shaped and has a unique 130-foot-table-top summit of sandstone. German landscape artist Caspar David Friedrich made the landmark famous after he used it as an inspirational background for his 1818 masterpiece called the “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog,” CBS News reported.

The current owners of the property have advertised the sale on eBay under the title: “Unique/ Your own mountain in Saxon Switzerland.” Saxon is a climbing area and national park around the Elbe valley, southeast of Dresden, Germany. The region forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with the Bohemian Switzerland found in the Czech Republic.

Andre Marschner, the sales manager of the property, said the current owners are looking to part ways with the mountain due to “age-related reasons.” He said that the sellers are no longer able to maintain and manage the forest by themselves.

Potential buyers of the mountain should be aware that they would not hold exclusive rights to the area. The hill is surrounded by a forest that includes some public footpaths for recreation. “Putting a fence is not an option. However, the owner is the only one allowed to drive a car in the area,” Renke Coordes, from the state forest management enterprise Sachsenforst, said in an interview, as per CBS News.

The sellers of the property advertised that despite only being 20 acres, the mountain’s unique characteristics make it one of the most striking rock formations in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, the New York Post reported. The hill was put on sale in 2006 with an asking price of $1.2 million. In 2007, the price was reportedly dropped to $590,000 before it was discounted to its current value.

Zirkelstein Hill in Saxon Switzerland The Zirkelstein is the smallest hill in Saxon Switzerland and is being sold for $235,000 Photo: Wikimedia.org