Woot - public art with an adorable fairy tale backing it up.
It was a must do - luckily it was winter to the crowds were not big to get a picture with it!
We did hold tight on the feet as to ensure our return to this cute little town!
It is near the center, around the corner of the town hall, away from the church. So if you only go to see the center, you could miss it!
It's worth a look see if you are there!
I forget the story, and this statue could easily be missed as you walk along in Bremen, but it's a pretty wacky place. It seems all the public car parking is in the red light district, which was amusing.
A lovely, historic and beautiful town.
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten or in English the Bremen Town Musicians. Yes this is the Brother Grimm fairy tale is actually the symbol of Bremen. Located in the center of the city or about 20 min walk from the main train station. This bronze statue is the thing that everyone wants to see in Bremen and of course to make a picture with; and it looks exactly as everyone imagines it: four animals on top of each other. It gets quite crowded there during the weekend (when I went) and I had to wait 20 mins to take a picture without other people in the frame :), but I was able to take a shot. As you can notice on the pictures the mouth of the donkey is very shiny as well as his hoof. This is because everyone touches them for luck :)
One of the main sights listed in most travel guides or web reviews of Bremen, and this is definitely reflected in its popularity - crowds gathered around the statue every day I was in the city - I eventually got up earlier one day to get a decent and clear photo.
Right by the town hall and the Petri Dom, this is more or less downtown Bremen, so should not be difficult to find. However, make sure you get the right one - when I was in Bremen, there were lots of colorful replicas littered in the city center.
Some believe you have to touch it for good luck, believe if you will
A man had a donkey, who for long years had untiringly carried sacks to the mill, but whose strength was now failing, so that he was becoming less and less able to work. Then his master thought that he would no longer feed him, but the donkey noticed that it was not a good wind that was blowing and ran away, setting forth on the road to Bremen, where he thought he could become a town musician. When he had gone a little way he found a hunting dog lying in the road, who was panting like one who had run himself tired.
Why are you panting so, Grab-Hold? asked the donkey.
Oh, said the dog, because I am old and am getting weaker every day and can no longer go hunting, my master wanted to kill me, so I ran off; but now how should I earn my bread?
Do you know what, said the donkey, I am going to Bremen and am going to become a town musician there. Come along and take up music too. I'll play the lute, and you can beat the drums.
The dog was satisfied with that, and they went further. It didn't take long, before they came to a cat sitting by the side of the road and making a face like three days of rainy weather. What has crossed you, old Beard-Licker? said the donkey.
Oh, answered the cat, who can be cheerful when his neck is at risk? I am getting on in years, and my teeth are getting dull, so I would rather sit behind the stove and purr than to chase around after mice. Therefore my mistress wanted to drown me, but I took off. Now good advice is scarce. Where should I go?
Come with us to Bremen. After all, you understand night music. You can become a town musician there. The cat agreed and went along.
Then the three refugees came to a farmyard, and the rooster of the house was sitting on the gate crying with all his might.
Your cries pierce one's marrow and bone, said the donkey. What are you up to?
I just prophesied good weather, said the rooster, because it is Our Dear Lady's Day, when she washes the Christ Child's shirts and wants to dry them; but because Sunday guests are coming tomorrow, the lady of the house has no mercy and told the cook that she wants to eat me tomorrow in the soup, so I am supposed to let them cut off my head this evening. Now I am going to cry at the top of my voice as long as I can.
Hey now, Red-Head, said the donkey, instead come away with us. We're going to Bremen. You can always find something better than death. You have a good voice, and when we make music together, it will be very pleasing.
The rooster was happy with the proposal, and all four went off together. However, they could not reach the city of Bremen in one day, and in the evening they came into a forest, where they would spend the night. The donkey and the dog lay down under a big tree, but the cat and the rooster took to the branches. The rooster flew right to the top, where it was safest for him. Before falling asleep he looked around once again in all four directions, and he thought that he saw a little spark burning in the distance. He hollered to his companions, that there must be a house not too far away, for a light was shining.
The donkey said, Then we must get up and go there, because the lodging here is poor. The dog said that he could do well with a few bones with a little meat on them. Thus they set forth toward the place where the light was, and they soon saw it glistening more brightly, and it became larger and larger, until they came to the front of a brightly lit robbers' house.
The donkey, the largest of them, approached the window and looked in.
What do you see, Gray-Horse? asked the rooster.
What do I see? answered the donkey. A table set with good things to eat and drink, and robbers sitting there enjoying themselves.
That would be something for us, said the rooster.
Ee-ah, ee-ah, oh, if we were there! said the donkey.
Then the animals discussed how they might drive the robbers away, and at last they came upon a plan. The donkey was to stand with his front feet on the window, the dog to jump on the donkey's back, the cat to climb onto the dog, and finally the rooster would fly up and sit on the cat's head. When they had done that, at a signal they began to make their music all together. The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat meowed and the rooster crowed. Then they crashed through the window into the room, shattering the panes.
The robbers jumped up at the terrible bellowing, thinking that a ghost was coming in, and fled in great fear out into the woods. Then the four companions seated themselves at the table and freely partook of the leftovers, eating as if they would get nothing more for four weeks.
When the four minstrels were finished, they put out the light and looked for a place to sleep, each according to his nature and his desire. The donkey lay down on the manure pile, the dog behind the door, the cat on the hearth next to the warm ashes, and the rooster sat on the beam of the roof. Because they were tired from their long
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