Schöner Brunnen - Beautiful Fountain, Nürnberg

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    Schöner Brunnen

    by antistar Updated Sep 3, 2013

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    An outstanding feature of the marketplace is the accurately named Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain). Originally built around 1385 it was replaced with a replica earlier last century. The stone tower is 62 feet high and contains the statues of the Electors, along with heroes of Christian and Jewish heritage. Set into the railings around the octagonal pool is a golden ring that is supposed to grant you wishes if you should turn it three times before asking.

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    by balhannah Updated Jul 7, 2013

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    Known as "Beautiful Fountain," it sure lives up to its name!
    It was erected between 1389 and 1396, and is in the form of a 19-metre stone pyramid which looks like a Church Steeple. This is not the original, but a replica of the Schon Brunnen, the original is in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

    The 40 colorful figures surrounding the fountain represent the world view of the Holy Roman Empire.
    At the top is Moses and the seven Prophet's, next, the seven electors and nine heroes, the Evangelists and Latin Church Fathers and on the bottom row allegorical figures symbolising Philosophy and the Free Arts. This is a beautiful fountain and one where everbody wanted their photo taken next to the fountain. I walked all around it and took photo's on all sides.

    If you wan't some luck then try this! The two brass rings embedded in the fence surrounding the fountain on opposite sides are said to bring good luck to those who spin them.

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    Schöner Brunnen - Beautiful Fountain

    by grayfo Written Jul 8, 2012

    The Beautiful Fountain, a sixty-foot wonder of gold coloured metalwork that was originally intended to cap the main tower of the near-by Frauenkirche or Church of Our Lady. However, in 1390 when it was completed and ready for its removal to the church roof, the townspeople demanded it be left at street level, changed it to a fountain and installed in the Hauptmarkt across from the church. The fountain features 40 sculptured figures which reflect the world-view of the Holy Roman Empire.

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    by Twan Written Feb 26, 2012

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    The pulse of the city Nuremberg in Germany beats at the market square Hauptmarkt - that lively place is dominated by the beautiful Church Frauenkirche and the Gothic fountain Schöner Brunnen, one of the most visited sights in Nuremberg. In December it gets really crowded there, because then it's time for the world famous Christmas market in Nuremberg the Christkindlesmarkt Nuremberg!

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    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 8, 2011

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    The "Schöner Brunnen" on the main market square opposite the Nürnberg Old Town Hall was created in the late 14th century. The pyramidical fountain is decorated with 40 brightly painted figures symbolizing the arts, heroic, historic or religious characters. The fountain as seen now is not the original but a copy from 1903. Parts of the original can be found in the "Germanisches Nationalmuseum".

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 7, 2011

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    Schöner Brunnen was erected between 1389 and 1396 by the builder and stonemason, Heinrich Beheim. It is the 19-metre stone pyramid rises from the octagonal basin like a Gothic steeple top, narrowing in three steps, and right to the top finial.

    Forty stone figures are arranged in three rows, all of them important 14th century sculptures representing the world-view of the Holy Roman Empire: in the bottom row allegorical figures symbolizing Philosophy and the Free Arts, in the middle row the evangelists and Latin Church Fathers, in the third row the seven electors and nine heroes, at the very top Moses and the seven prophets.

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    by alancollins Written Jan 30, 2011

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    The Schöner Brunnen (beautiful fountain) is located in the south west corner of the Hauptmarkt and is a popular hangout with tourists. The original 19 metre fountain was built by the stone mason Heinrich Beheim between 1385 and 1396. The protective iron railings were added in 1587. One unusual feature of the fountain is it does have any water spraying out. There is a lucky golden ring which was added in 1902 and it is said that if you turn the ring 3 times and make a wish it will come true. With so many wish seekers the ring has to be replaced on a regular basis due to wear and tear. In 1912 the original was moved to the Germanisches National Museum.

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    Beautiful Fountain

    by mirchica Written Jan 7, 2011

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    It deserves the name beautiful. A curious fact is that there are 2 rings, which are almost hidden. One of them should be turned by visitors of the city and they should wish to come back. The other one is for locals, they turned it for happiness.

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 27, 2009

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    pictured is the schoner brunnen, (beautiful fountian). located at the hauptmarkt this fountain dates back to the 14 th century. it is decorated with fourty sculped figures arranged in four tiers and surrounded by a 16 th century gate.

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    by Airpunk Written Dec 20, 2007

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    This fountain was designed by a goldsmith from Prague between 1385 and 1396. It shows biblical figures such as Moses, several prophets and the four evangelists. The iron works at the base are from the late 16th century. The fountain was refurbished between 1835 and 1839, and again in the early 20th century when the famous ring (see below) was added. It is almost 20 meters high.

    A special part of the fountain is the ring. This brazen ring has not any purpose, but is part of local culture. Nuernbergers believe that it brings them luck to run the ring. So, The ring has been turned and turned for decades and still does not show any larger deterioration. Usually, such local costums turn into disuse in western Europe and are only practiced by tourists or folcloric groups. However, I saw a local women (a women with a city bike and some vegetables in her shopping bag) stopping by and turning the ring. If you want to try it out by yourself (as I did…), you’ll find the ring on the side facing McDonald’s.
    On the other side, there is an iron ring, again without any purposes and again with several stories around it. For more about the ring, check out my local customs tip “the ring”.

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    by Mikebond Written Jul 25, 2007

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    "Beautiful fountain" is the (suitable) name of this Gothic masterpiece, done by a goldsmith from Praha (Prague) in 1385-96. The people below are seven Electors and nine heathen and Christian heroes; over them you see Moses and seven prophets and, on the balustrade, the Fathers of the Church and the four evangelists.

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    Der "Schöne Brunnen" ("Beautiful Fountain")

    by flyingscot4 Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    One of the few artifacts not destroyed by the allied bombing in WWII, "der Schöne Brunnen" is located in Nürnberg's Hauptmarkt near Sebalduskirche (St. Sebaldus Church) and across the square from "Die Frauenkirche" ("Church of Our Lady"). Rising to a height of 19 meters, it was originally built as part of the city well in the late 12th century. It resembles a large pyramid with 40 painted figures which represent royalty, philosophers, artists, bishops, heroes, and prophets. The wrought iron works surrounding the fountain were added in the late 16th century.

    There are legends surrounding the well and the iron work (also see other Tips). One of the first involved a blacksmith and his daughter's love for the blacksmith's apprentice. Needing his apprentice but also wanting to ensure that his daughter marry a rich man, the blacksmith agreed to allow the apprentice and his daughter to marry if the apprentice completed a seemingly impossible task. The apprentice had to design and make an iron lattice with a ring with no seam embedded in the lattice. The apprentice accomplished the task which became the black ring in the iron work. The brass ring was added in the early 20th century. Another legend says that a bride turns the ring once for each child she would like to have.

    Between 1835 and 1839 the fountain was rebuilt using limestone instead of the original sandstone. The original sandstone figures have been relocated in the National Museum in Berlin as well as in the Germanic National Museum in Nürnberg.

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    Frauenkirche and Schoener Brunnen

    by aukahkay Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Frauenkirsche and Schoner Brunnen

    The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and the Schoener Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) are the most beautiful monuments in Nuremberg.
    The Schoener Brunnen is a pyramid with 40 figures. The figures include seven Imperial Electors, nine ancient and medieval heros, philosophers, evangelists and churchfathers.
    The Frauenkirche is in Gothic style and was built in the 14th century. It is the city's main Catholic church.

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    Beautiful Fountain (Schöner Brunnen)

    by Redang Written Oct 1, 2005

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    Beautiful indeed, it was erected between 1385-96. The fabled (and often replaced) brass ring is to be found on the southwest flank.

    Only fragments of the soft sandstone original survive (now in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum). The shelly limestone copy dates from 1897-1902.

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    Frauenkirche and Schöner Brunnen

    by Carletto76 Written Aug 5, 2005

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    Frauenkirche and Sch��ner Brunnen

    It's probably the most famous church of Nürnberg, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is the oldest "Hallenkirche" (Hall Church) of Franconia, dated 1352 - 1361.

    In addition to the Frauenkirche, the Hauptmarkt is the location of the 18 metres tall Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain), built in 1370, although the contemporary one was rebuilt after WWII.

    The legend says that rotating one of the 2 rings of the fountains will make your desire come true... but you have to rotate the right ring... and I'm not goint to tell you which one of the 2 is! :)

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    Mar 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    The locals say the "gold" ring (It's actually brass) is for tourists. The "real" good luck ring is the smaller iron ring that is higher up on the opposite side of the fountain. (It's difficult to see and hard to reach by shorter folks.) The "gold" ring isn't that old because it has been stolen several times, and the one there now dates from 1973. Locals also say this ring is good luck for fertility, so ladies, if you don't want children just now, go to the other side and spin the iron ring.

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