Magic Mountain—Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy The scene is reminiscent of Davos, Switzerland, where Thomas Mann's, The Magic Mountain" takes place at the Berghof tuberculosis sanitarium. It is physically on a mountaintop and figuratively isolated from the mundane world of the "flatlands." A sanitarium may be a place of "sanctuary," with a possible cure, but more often it is a place of gradual institutionalization, ending in death.