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Reviewed September 15, 2019

This memorial fountain was created as a memorial to Willi Ostermann, a German lyricist, composer and singer of carnival songs, sometimes about Cologne. There seems to be two memorials to Willi Ostermann. One which is rather nondescript by on the north side of the square and fallen into disrepair. The more significant one dominates the small square and features a large rock around which is carved semi-relief sculptures of characters from his songs. I suspect you'd have to be a fan to identify any of them. Regardless, the memorial is well executed ensemble of caricatures of individuals from all walks of life. All the characters are carved larger than life, much like Willi Ostermann and his song characters.

Worth a look if in the old fish market area.

Date of experience: September 2019
25  Thank macedonboy
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

This rather secluded fountain is worth being looked at, not only because it depicts characters mentioned in some of the well known songs by singer and song writer Willi Osterman, many of which became favourite over Karnival but also because it is a symbolic way of honouring folklore.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Iolanda A
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Reviewed June 22, 2019 via mobile

Peaceful shady area with a quirky fountain and a huge beautiful tree.
Look at the fountain closely it tells a story of the towns carnival.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank bukagirl
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

During our walk from the riverside to the Cathedral, we passed through a small square and found the Willi Ostermann Monument cum Fountain there. Willi was a local singer and song writer and some of his songs were very popular here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank YTCHENG
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

We found this monument and fountain as we were visiting some of the magnificent brewpubs in the wonderful Old Town.
In honour of the famous lyricist and songwriter Willi Ostermann ( 1876- 1936 ).
His songs were most revered in Cologne and Germany in general and his most famous song Homesick For Cologne was very popular indeed.
The monument has some great sculpting on it and looks really cool and with it's great location in the Old Town is superb.
This monument is easily found on Ostermannplatz in an area teeming with pubs, bars and restaurants and some amazing architecture and a major tourist destination.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank 293neilk
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