Puppenbrunnen (Dolls' Fountain), Aachen

Puppenbrunnen (Dolls' Fountain), Aachen (must see)

The Dolls' Fountain is a small art fountain located on Kramer Street near the cathedral. The puppet-like statues are a favorite for kids. It was created in 1975 by local artist Bonifatius Stirnberg.

The characters on the fountain each represent something typical of Aachen. For example, the horse and rider represent the riding tournament, and the market woman represents trade. Likewise, the doll links to the 600-year-long textile industry, and the professor with the monocle stands for the science and the local university.

The rooster on top is for the city's many talented musicians, although some claim it points to the times of the French occupation. Finally, the clown and masks are evocative of carnival--and Aachen's cheerfulness in general.

All figures on the fountain are made of bronze and have moveable joints, like marionettes. It is designed to be interactive, and kids can't get enough. You'll often see youngsters entertaining themselves while their parents shop in the many nearby boutiques.

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Puppenbrunnen (Dolls' Fountain) on Map

Sight Name: Puppenbrunnen (Dolls' Fountain)
Sight Location: Aachen, Germany (See walking tours in Aachen)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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