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"In the shadow of the great man himself" Top 5 Page for this destination Karlsbrunnen - Fountain of Charlemagne Tip by CatherineReichardt


This statue of the Great Man stands outside the Rathaus, and directly across from the offices of the Route Charlemagne.

It's actually a trifle underwhelming, as it appears to be about life size (Charlemagne wasn't called 'Charles the Great' just for his achievements, since his skeleton proves that he was a big bloke even by our standards, and a veritable giant for his time), but is elevated so high off the ground that you can't really get a good look at it. Also it was hard to photograph as the sky was overcast and the contrast between the colour of the Rathaus and the statue wasn't good.

Given that Charlemagne is the main show in town, this statue is a frankly a bit disappointing, and nowhere near as impressive as the stunning golden reliquary head of Charlemagne that is on display in the Treasury (the classic image that is plastered over all the tourist literature, but of which, bizarrely, there wasn't a single postcard available when I visited!).

Maybe someone's going to give this statue a clean and/or a regild before the complete Route Charlemagne is launched in 2012, which would go a good way towards enhancing its appeal?

Address: Marktplatz
Directions: Opposite the Rathaus and the Route Charlemagne office

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2011
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