"KAPPELLPLATZ & FRITSCHI FOUNTAIN - STOP 2" Fritschi Fountain - Fritschi Brunnen Tip by balhannah

  Masked faces of Fritschi family
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  • Masked faces of Fritschi family - Lucerne
      Masked faces of Fritschi family
    by balhannah
  • Fritschi Fountain - Lucerne
      Fritschi Fountain
    by balhannah
 

Just a short walk and we are standing in the Kappellplatz and looking at the unusual Fritschi Fountain.

Not real, real old as it was built in 1918, and not the only type of this style of Fountain in Switzerland.

The Fountain has a story..............

The faces are masks of "brother Fritschi," and his family. It is believed his grave is underneath the Fountain and in the medieval graveyard of St. Peter's Chapel.
No one knows who Brother Fritschi really was!
The legend takes us back to 1450, when most probably, he was made a joke of by a Farmer outside of Lucerne. Why I wondered, because he left money to the Safran guild on condition that they serve wine to the poor during Fasacht, was this why?
The guild is still fullfilling his wishes today! Or was there another reason?

After his death, Brother Fritschi remained popular, and a straw man was made to represent him. Sometimes it was stolen and taken to another Guild!

So, remembering him today is the Fountain, and later in the year on Fasnacht Thursday, two young members of the guilds dress as Brother Fritschi and his wife for the opening ceremony.

Address: Kappellplatz
Directions: Old town
Website: http://www.luzern.com

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2014
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