To the west of Vratěnín, the gallows hill (516 meters) can be viewed from the surrounding area as the highest mountain ridge. It can be viewed from the surrounding area as the highest mountain ridge. Its creepy name evokes a sad history and provides an indication of much of what the mountain witnessed in the past.
The village of Vratěnín was often plagued by hailstorms. For that reason the local citizenry swore to erect a statue of the Saint Donatus, who in German-speaking countries is given as a patron saint offering protection from storms, lightning, and thunder. This was supposed to protect the village and farmland from bad weather. And so it came to pass that in 1750 a statue of Saint Donatus was erected.
Saint Donatus was often portrayed as a Roman soldier and martyr. In 1652 his physical remains were transferred to a Jesuit school in Münstereifel. In Vratěnín, stories of the legend of Saint Donatus claim that since the erection of the statue, storms and hail have largely steered clear of Vratěnín. This shows that the legend carries truth and that the gallows hill with Saint Donatus does have the power to protect Vratěnín. May the legend really be true, and may it stay just as it is.