"Ogre or Child Eater Fountain" Fountains Tip by littlesam1

Fountains, Bern: 24 reviews and 43 photos

by littlesam1

Although I claimed the Samson Fountain as my own this one is actually my favorite fountain. It is really bizarre and a bit grotesque. It is known by several names. It is called the Ogre or Child Eater Fountain. It is also called the Kindlifesser-brunnenfountain. This fountain features an Ogre or man eating children. He has one in his mouth and has several stuck in sacks on his back. The legend has it that when it was originally constructed children were told not to past the fountain or they would be eaten. So it kind of worked as babysitter. There are other stories connected with the history of this fountain but they are not quite as amusing. Some say it was a political statement relating to anti semetism.

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  • Updated Oct 17, 2003
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