Schangelbrunnen
Schangelbrunnen
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vakantiejozef
Olen, Belgium6,113 contributions
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May 2012 • Couples
The Schängel fountain is located at the Town Hall Square, surrounded by the Baroque buildings of the Jesuit ensemble, designed in 1940 by Carl Carl Burger and is dedicated to the poet Josef Cornelius, who wrote the text of the Schängellied, the national anthem of Koblenz. The term Schängel got its origin from the 20-years (1794-1813) in which it belonged of the city of France and refers to the Franco-German children born during this period who often received the name Jean (German: Johann), in the Koblenz slang Jean Schang, over time it became Schängel. With this fountain not only but also the Koblenz-based Schängel got a monument but as well the citizens of Koblenz. In an irregular rhythm the bronze figure spits out a jet of water a few meters far above the fountain basin.
Written May 28, 2012
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default29012019
Winnipeg, Canada6,887 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Solo
Schangelbrunnen is a spitting boy statue located in the courtyard near the Rathaus(city hall). It is a must-see statue when one visits Koblenz as it is a very historical and well-known statue in this city and is a stop on every guided tour. Watch out for the wet spot on the ground and avoid standing there when admiring the statue because every now and then just when you least expect it, "little John" will spit and the unsuspecting admirers will get soaking wet!
Written February 10, 2012
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,836 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
The reason to visit Koblenz's City Hall is to photograph the Schangel Fountain. This fountain is located on a corner inside the courtyard of city hall which is in Jesuitenplatz. Around the base of the fountain, on the cobble stone patio, is a water mark which should be a warning to tourists as to the distance that the figure sprays water. The impish boy's appearance is deceptive as the figure is short and looks unharmful, but it is from his mouth that water spurts towards unsuspecting visitors. To further fool visitors, there are 2 taps from which water quietly flows into the water basin. Around this octagonal basin are bas reliefs showing other impish boys doing foolish things. The fountain color is black which reiterates the color of the black medallions which honor 3 of Koblenz's citizens on the surrounding wall.

Our tour guide explained that the term "schangel" comes from the name given to French-German children born between 1794 and 1813 when French Revolutionary soldiers occupied Koblenz. Also, another connection to that term is that Koblenz's anthem is called "Schangellied".

From the city hall walk 5 minutes to Gorresplatz to compare that historic fountain with the Schangel Fountain.
Written June 9, 2019
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Shelbydee
Calhoun, LA245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
this fountain of the spitting boy was unusual from most fountains we have seen. at certain intervals, the boy spits water, so beware. everyone got a good laugh when one person just wasn't paying attention.
Written December 10, 2017
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Mike K
Kanata, Canada3,071 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The Schängelbrunnen fountain, a symbol of Koblenz, is found on Willi-Hörter-Platz in the courtyard of the Rathaus (town hall), between renaissance and baroque buildings. It was designed in 1940 by Carl Burger and is dedicated to the Koblenz-born poet, Josef Cornelius (1849-1943), who wrote the lyrics to the well-known Schängellied, the anthem of Koblenz. The term "Schängel" is rooted in the 20 year allegiance of Koblenz to France (1794-1813). Children born in this period were referred to as German-French children and were often called Jean (German: Johann or Hans). In the Koblenz dialect “Jean” was often changed to “Schang”. Over time this eventually developed into Schängel, a diminutive of Schang. Today all Koblenz-born citizens see themselves as "Schängel" and love the little fellow who stands for laughter, quick-wittiness and the Rhenish lifestyle. The bronze figure spits a stream of water several metres into the fountain basin beyond in an irregular rhythm, usually a couple of minutes apart so watch out!
Written November 22, 2017
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Robert P
Chesterfield, VA1,346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
This was an interesting stop on our walking tour of Koblenz. This Koblenz landmark is on Willi-Hörter Platz, the town hall courtyard. Carl Burger created it in 1940 and dedicated to local poet Joseph Cornelius. The Schängel is a symbol of Koblenz since Koblenz was conquered so many times in its history. There were many children fathered by invading troops. The term 'Schängel' comes from a time when Koblenz was part of France. The male offspring of these relationships were called "little johns". Children born in Koblenz at that time were called Franco-Germans who were often called Jean (after the German Johann or Hans). In local dialect, this was developed into “Shang”, a diminutive of Jean. 'Schäng' is a dialectical corruption of the French boy's name 'Jean' and, although 'Schängel' began life as an insult implying illegitimacy, it later became an affectionate term used for local children. The Schängel depicted on the fountain is a very mischievous boy. He regularly spits water at the unsuspecting but as depicted on the base of the fountain he is engaging in other misadventures. It is a welcomed pause on a busy tour or shopping trip.
Written July 23, 2016
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Jim T
Salem, NH439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
It is always great when you can interject some humor into a city. The community here truly embraces the whimsical side of life as evidence by many of the statues throughout the city that are dedicated to everyday people. None more than this one as it is a monument to the illegitimate children of WWII and their mischievous behavior and has a little surprise if your not careful. Take the 5-10 minutes out of your day and find this statue and enjoy the story along the base as well as the spitting boy above.
Written May 10, 2015
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Tomcat Travel
Düsseldorf, Germany164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
You would think that a family member would remember the warning you gave them the night before and stay away from this water spitting fountain, but no! Forgetful family member will often stand right in front of it observing the statue, then jump up and scream as the water spews out of the boy's mouth! The water travels quite far, so watch the water stain on the ground to remain dry. It is pretty entertaining, when someone careless or playful is around.
Written September 8, 2014
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SRutherfordSmith
Dublin, Ireland546 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
The Schangelbrunnen is one of the many sculpture fountains to be found in Koblenz. A lot of these have a childrens theme so it is great to rent a bike and cycle around Koblenz so that you can see all of them. In comparison to the Noah's ark fountain and the others that can be found on Lohrsstrasse this one is somewhat overrated.
Written September 28, 2012
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Clio H
Sydney, Australia912 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
A fun experience to watch & count the time between spouts. This fountain has an interesting history to its name so check it out.
It's located opposite the Rathaus.
Spring time is beautiful & this area demonstrated it in flower boxes & gardens.
Written June 15, 2012
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