The Bremen Musicians statue is located in the town of Bremen. This statue is a tower of four animals, who are the Bremen Town Musicians. These four animals are the main characters in an old German Folk Tale (Bremer Stadtmusikanten – The Town Musicians Of Bremen). It was the Brothers Grimm that made this tale popular.
The statue is a popular tourist attraction, and not just for pictures. You can also gain good luck from the statue.
The Musicians Of Bremen Story – Bremer Stadtmusikanten
The Brothers Grimm tale of the Bremen Musicians tells the story of a donkey. This donkey is growing old, and so will soon not be fit for work. The donkey, realising that he can not work much longer runs away to avoid being sent to the slaughterhouse. He runs away to Bremen to become a Town Musician. On the way, he meets an old dog, whose master had tried to kill him as he could no longer hunt. The donkey convinces the dog to come to Bremen with him.
On the road, they next meet a cat, who is also old and her mistress wanted to kill her. The cat agrees to join the dog and the donkey on their journey to Bremen to become a musician. This threesome chance upon a cockerel who has overheard that he is to be tomorrow’s soup, so he joins them too.
This rag-a-taggle band make up the four Bremen Musicians.
However, the Bremen Musicians could not make it all the way to Bremen in one day. Because of this, they had to stop for shelter as night drew in. They found a house in the forest, but it was a robbers house.
The Bremen Musicians’ Song
When they looked in they saw a table laden with food and drink with the robbers sat around enjoying themselves. The foursome decided to drive the robbers away so that they could have shelter and food, so they came up with a plan. First, the donkey put his forefeet upon the window ledge and the dog climbed on the donkey’s back, the cat climbed on to the dog and the cockerel flew up to the head of the cat, making a pyramid of animals.
The Bremen Musicians then began their first performance: “The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat mewed and the cockerel crowed”. They then burst through the window and the robbers sprang up; thinking that the din could only be a ghost, they fled. The animals then sat down at the table and helped themselves, before settling down for the night.
Later, the robbers noticed that the light in their house had gone out and all seemed quiet. So the leader ordered one of his men to go and examine the house.
The robber entered the house and finding everything quiet, went to the kitchen to light a candle. However, he mistook the fiery eyes of the cat to be live coals, which the cat did not appreciate. The cat flew at the robber’s’ face, scratching and hissing. The terrified robber ran to the backdoor, but the dog was lying there and jumped up to bite the robber’s leg. As the robber then ran across the yard he went past a straw-heap, where the donkey was, who gave the robber a kick. The cockerel had been awoken by all the noise and crowed.
The robber went back to his companions and told them of a witch in the house. This frightened them all off for good, so the Bremen Musicians stayed in there for the rest of their lives.
The Statue Of The Bremen Musicians
Located just west of the Town Hall, the bronze statue of the Bremen Musicians is easy to find. The four animals are portrayed in the animal pyramid of their first performance, the one that scared the robbers out of the house. This statue is the most famous and most photographed representation of the Bremen Musicians.
The statue of the Bremen Musicians was created by the artist Gerhard Marcks in 1951, the statue was then installed in 1953. Though it was initially on loan from Marcks’ workshop. The head of the tourism organisation in Bremen, Dr Hanns Meyers, relied on the town’s community spirit and started a collection to make the statue of the Bremen Musicians a permanent feature. With the added aid of a loan from the city, the statue was purchased for 20,000 Deutschmarks. And there the statue remains today and is a popular tourist attraction.
If you look at the donkey’s legs, on the bottom of the pyramid, you will see that the forelegs are much shinier. This is because there is a belief that you can gain good luck by rubbing the forelegs, which many tourists do.
The statue of the Bremen Musicians is worth a visit, being easy to find. The statue is important to the town and has a great story.