Twinned with Whitley Pump – Bern Fountains and Troughs

Samson Fountain

Samson Fountain

The fountains and water troughs of Bern, the capital city of Switzerland are in the premier league of Pumps and Troughs; there is no way that the Whitley Pump can compete.

There is a city centre walking tour devoted to eleven of the most beautiful and ornate examples. Many of these fountains date from the 1550s and are associated with the sculptor Hans Gieng, and one is a modern fountain by Meret Oppenheim. The old fountains originally formed part of the town’s water supply and over the centuries they have been renovated, repainted and restored.

Renovation on the Ensign Fountain (Vennerbrunnen)

Renovation on the Ensign Fountain (Vennerbrunnen)

As an introduction to the old city, a tour taking in all the fountains makes a good start. Along the way, distractions are inevitable as there are many other less ornate fountains and water pumps for the enthusiast to spot.

Fountain and trough in Junkerngasse

Fountain and trough in Junkerngasse

In the garden on the terrace of the Berner Münster is a modern fountain dedicated to Heinrich Philipp Lösch, a shoemaker who in 1896 left money for the upkeep of Bern’s fountains. This enabled a renovation of all the fountains in 1925.

Fountain dedicated to Heinrich Philipp Lösch

Fountain dedicated to Heinrich Philipp Lösch

All Whitley Pump’s twin pumps and troughs are on the map. If you would like to add some more, e-mail us: whitleypump.uk@gmail.com.


Links

  1. Old City of Bern
  2. List of Fountains in Bern
  3. Brunnen in Bern (in German)
  4. Bern tourist office

 

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