Rags to riches
A brass ring attached to the grille is the result of a ‘rags to riches’ story about a poor youth who worked for a rich jeweller in the town. He fell in love with his employer’s daughter but the father refused her hand because of the youth’s lowly status. The youth went off to seek his fortune and when he returned, a rich man, he found that his love had married another. The very next day a one-piece brass ring appeared on the fountain grille and our hero was gone.
This legend is re-enacted several times daily when the figures of Nusch and Tilly appear in the baroque gable end of the City Councillors’ Tavern situated in the Market Place and the actual tankard can be seen in the city museum.
Photographs courtesy of Rothenburg Tourist Office
- Elwedritschen in the Market Square at Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
The Elwetritsch is supposedly very shy, but also very curious andgullable people are sometimes encouraged to indugle in a hunting process. A hunting party consists of a "Fänger" (catcher), equipped with a big potato sack and a lantern, and the "Treiber" (beaters). The catcher is led into the woods where the Elwetritsch is supposed to live, instructed to wait in a clearing with his sack and lantern, while the beaters will supposedly disturb the Elwetritsch. The light of the lantern is said to be attractive to the curious creature, so it will come to investigate and will then be caught by the catcher. While he waits, everyone heads back to the pub to wait for the catcher to realize that he has been fooled!
The Roman Wine Ship
The Bridge Monkey
Old drawings show that there was a brass monkey at this spot as far back as the 15th century when a traveller abroad brought a real monkey back to