"Pferdeschwemme and natural city ramparts" Horse Wash - Pferdeschwemme Tip by hundwalder

Horse Wash - Pferdeschwemme, Salzburg: 17 reviews and 34 photos

  Pferdeschwemme and Salzburg's limestone cliffs
by hundwalder

The Monchsberg limestone cliffs form a large part of the boundary of Salzburg altstadt on the southside of the river Salzbach. Most medieval Europeans built thick, high walls competely around their cities to protect themselves against invaders. The Salzburgers used natural obstacles such as these imposing cliffs to provide protection. The gate to altstadt is a long and impressive tunnel which ends just behind the horse monument shown here. As you walk through this long forboding looking tunnel you truly get the feeling that you are entering an old city of mystery, intrigue, and old world charm.

The pferdeschwemme ( horse swim or wash ) was built in the late 1600's for the purpose of washing horses covered with road dirt, upon arrival in the city. The baroque era motto was clean horses and filthy disease ridden humans. The elaborate monument, statues, and horse art were added about 50 years later. The horse in the statue appears not to have missed too many trips to the oat bin( one pfat pferd ). Notice that the horses carved on the numerous marble slabs do not look very realistic. High Baroque architecture and art was elaborate and had an overdone look to it, including that of pferds.

Address: city gate of altstadt.
Directions: At the end of the long city gate tunnel and the beginning of Getreidegasse, which is altstadt's most interesting strasse ( street ).
Website: http://www.salzburg.info

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 19, 2005
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