Located at the centre of the city, it has been a part of German history for centuries and still remains one of its most beloved attractions today.
The Elisenbrunnen was originally built in 1766 by Frederick William III as a gift to his wife, Elizabeth Christine. The fountain stands at the corner of Katschhof and Theaterplatz and features four bronze figures representing Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. These sculptures were created by sculptor Johann Peter Wagner in 1822-1823. Today they are considered some of his finest works.
The name “Elisenbrunnen” comes from Princess Elise who was born on April 25th 1810 – her birthday is celebrated with an annual festival each year near the fountain itself. Visitors can enjoy this event which includes live music performances, traditional dances and food stalls selling local delicacies such as waffles or chocolate pralines made with almonds from nearby farms.
In addition to being an important cultural landmark for locals, Elisenbrunnen also serves as a source of healing water known as “Aachener Heilwasser” (Aachen Healing Water). This mineral-rich spring water has been used since ancient times to treat various ailments, including skin diseases and digestive disorders; it’s said that even Charlemagne himself bathed regularly in these waters. Visitors can fill up their own bottles directly from one of two taps located next to the fountain, or buy pre-filled bottles from nearby shops if desired.
Elisenbrunnen is truly a sight worth seeing when visiting Aachen – not only does it offer visitors an insight into German culture, but also provides them with access to natural healing waters believed to have medicinal benefits.