Child Eater Fountain

Local nameKindlifresserbrunnen
LocationGelbes Quartier, Bern, Switzerland

The Kindlifresserbrunnen is a fountain at the Kornhausplatz in Bern, Switzerland. It is one of the Old City of Bern's fountains from the 16th century.

It was created in 1545/46 by Hans Gieng in place of a wooden fountain from the 15th century. The new fountain's original name was Platzbrunnen; the current name was used first in 1666. Kindli is a Swiss German diminutive for the German word Kind, meaning child. A literal translation of the name Kindlifresserbrunnen therefore would be "Fountain of the Eater of Little Children".

The fountain sculpture is a sitting ogre devouring a naked child. Placed at his side is a bag containing more children.

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Address 16 Kornhausplatz, Bern 3011, Switzerland

Coordinates 46°56'54.467" N 7°26'50.966" E

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