Near the vine growing village Weißenkirchen in the Wachau is the Wehrkirche St. Michael(defence church of Saint Michael). The original church dating even back to the 10th century was fortifiedin the 15th century by adding a defence tower and battlements making this the oldest parish church of thewhole Danube valley. The really curious thing about this church is the seven rabbits sitting onthe nave’s roof. How they got there is told in a little legend:The Seven Rabbits of St. MichaelOn a terribly cold winter’s day, a storm brought so much snow down the hill towards the Danube that the gapbetween the hill and the church was quickly completely filled with it. One could literally step from thehill onto the church’s roof. In the evening seven young freezing rabbits hopped down the Atzberg and sat onthe roof of the church for a rest. Since they were very tired, they stayed on the roof and fell asleep.However, over night the weather changed and a warm wind blew through the Danube valley melting all the snowaway. When the rabbits woke up, they were caught on the church’s roof without a way back down. So they arestill sitting there – only that they have over the years changed to grey weathered stone figures on thechurch’s roof.