The fountain statue (1911), which might remind one about the 'Manneken Pis' in Brussels, has an interesting history.
'Püddelchen' comes from the German word 'Putte', which is a sculpture of a 'lightly dressed' or 'naked' child.
Many citizens of Aachen took offense at this view. This is the reason why between 1911 and 1917 the statue was moved and even hidden various times before it was removed altogether by the city. The statue fountain was then reassembled in 1933. However, shortly after, during World War II, the city was forced to give it away as a 'metal donation' and the Bronze statue was remelted.
Unfortunately, the original model wasn't available anymore. So in 1954, a new Fischpüddelchen was sculptured and placed at the Fischmarkt where we can still see it today.
Fischpüddelchen was a gift to the city by the German sculpturer Hugo Lederers in 1911. The new statue was created by H.-C. Dick.
Fun & Interesting
It might remind one about the 'Manneken Pis', but at the Fischpüddelchen the fishes serve as the water outlet.
The statue is situated in a really nice surrounding next to the Cathedral and the Grashaus. That's why I give it 4 stars. The statue itself is not spectacular but its surrounding makes it special.
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