The Elisenbrunnen, a thermal water fountain, was built between 1822 and 1827.
By that time, Aachen was already widely known for its hot springs and its supposable healing effect from drinking it. A visit to Aachen became more and more popular. So the government decided to build a fountain where the spa guests could enjoy this treatment. The 52degC hot water is sulphurous and was served to the guest in the hall of the Elisenbrunnen.
The high profile of the thermal springs dates back to the Roman empire.
But when Charlemagne made Aachen his seat of power, as he also enjoyed the thermal springs, they became super popular and attracted wealthy people from everywhere.
The Elisenbrunnen, as you see it today, is a reconstruction from 1953, as the original was completely destroyed during World War II.
The fountain was named after the princess royal Elisabeth (Elise) Ludovika von Bayern.
A list of famous people who visited the Elisenbrunnen is mounted on the wall of the hall.
Architecture & Art
The neo-classical Elisenbrunnen was designed by the architects Johann Peter Cremer and Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
The first stone laying took place in 1822 on the occasion of the 25th coronation anniversary of King Friedrich Wilhelm III, but the real construction didn't start before 1824.
In the original version, the water counter was located in the basement and spa guests reached the basement via a pompous staircase. The fountain was elevated to ground level in 1938.
The architect of the reconstruction was Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, a local architect whose name is known far beyond the local border.
Fun & Interesting
Signs next to the fountains tell you that it is 'No drinking water'. It is not that it is unhealthy or even toxic... the contrary actually. You are just not allowed to drink it, because, according to the law, it is officially classified as medicine (due to the mixture). Meaning, you are not allowed to drink it without a prescription... so what will they think of next? 😂
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