Rindermarktbrunnen, Munich

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The Rindermarktbrunnen or literally "Cattle market fountain" in English is a modern sculpture in the historical Altstadt of Munich, in Bavaria, Germany. It was created in 1964 by Munich sculptor and professor of the Munich Academy Josef Henselmann in the course of the reorganisation of the cattle market. The fountain was sponsored by Gunter Henle.

With his designs Henselmann observed the historical function of the square as an area of cattle trade and as an area for the cattle there to drink, which existed until into the 19th century. Out of Gneiss he created a terraced fountain scene on the lightly sloping site. The irregularly formed basin of the fountain in the centre of the work imitates the idea of a naturally formed puddle or pool.

The fountain is crowned by a powerful set of bronzeworks above the steps. It shows three cattle which look down from their position onto people resting at the base of the fountain. Slightly aside is the stone figure of an observing herdsman sitting on a retaining wall.
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  • We visited Munich recently and found Rindermarktbrunnen at Rindermarkt to be covered up for the winter. The only part that remains visible (Dec 2019) is the head of the three cattle and the herdsman.....  more »
  • Nice, centrally located unusual fountain with stone steps and iron cows. Nice to sit around or watch kids play.  more »
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  • A must see in Munich. Just sit there and watch the people...
  • One of the interesting fountain monuments around the Old Town is the Cattle Market Fountain (Rindermartbrunnen) at the small Rinder Market square and street. Here you find an interesting sculpture of a three cattle viewing forward into a series of cascading water steps. A sculpture of a herdsman can be seen as well sitting on a stone wall nearby. This sculptural fountain was made in 1964 by German sculptor Josef Henselmann. There are quite a few spots around Rindermartbrunnen to take a seat and enjoy the surrounds. Thus, this can be a good spot to get off your feet for a few minutes if you've been sightseeing around the city for a while and need a rest. In the end, this is one of the more interesting fountains in the Old Town and worth having a look-see if you enjoy viewing fountains and monuments during your travels.

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