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Brown Fountain

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In the tenth century Querfurt Castle became the ancestral seat of the Noble Lords of Querfurt.

From this gender emerged important men. The most famous personality was Saint Brun of Querfurt, who was born in the castle in 973/974 and was beheaded in 1009 by a pagan prince of Pruzzo. Memorial plaques at the castle church and at the town hall still remind of him today. Braunstraße, Braunsmühle, Braunsberg, Eselsmühle, Wiesenhaus and Braunsbrunnen
In the tenth century Querfurt Castle became the ancestral seat of the Noble Lords of Querfurt.

From this gender emerged important men. The most famous personality was Saint Brun of Querfurt, who was born in the castle in 973/974 and was beheaded in 1009 by a pagan prince of Pruzzo. Memorial plaques at the castle church and at the town hall still remind of him today. Braunstraße, Braunsmühle, Braunsberg, Eselsmühle, Wiesenhaus and Braunsbrunnen can also be associated with the Querfurt city saint. The legend of the Nine Leagues is connected with the Braunsbrunnen. Brun is said to have miraculously made a spring bubble. This water source was to be of great importance for the later centuries. In 1900 a stately iron pump was erected on this site. Later the present well was built.

The Braunsbrunnen, named after Brun, was the most water-rich in the village. The inhabitants carried the water home with buttes. To keep the well clean, the cleaning was done on the Wednesday after Whitsun. All inhabitants of Thaldorf had to take part in it. Old people who could no longer fulfil this duty were released by paying a small sum of money. In the course of the centuries this necessary custom developed into a folk festival. The fountain was decorated with birch greens and garlands. The collected ransom was given as a reward to the men in the form of schnapps and to the women of cakes. In accordance with an old traditional custom, people splashed themselves with plenty of water afterwards. The symbol of "purification" was supposed to protect people from illness or misfortune and keep them young. In 1891, the open brown well was covered for cleanliness reasons and equipped with a wooden pump. The work was carried out by the resident Gottlieb Straubel. Around 1900 the wooden pump was replaced by the iron pump which is still there. The time of fetching water with buttes came to an end in 1927. At this time, the water pipe was put into operation in the city of Querfurt. The Braunsbrunnen, however, was preserved as a traditional fountain.

The Querfurt master builder Paul Jacob and his journeymen built a new fountain enclosure in 1935. Two years later, the Querfurt sculptor Otto created the corresponding fountain monument for the fountain. It shows the holy Brun surrounded by a child, which refers to the legend of the Nine and a donkey, on which Brun is said to have ridden and which is connected with the legend of the "Stetiges Esel" or the "Eselswiese". From the tradition of the well cleaning, every year the well festival, which is brought back to life today, developed. Since the year 1989 it is arranged by the Thaldorfer Pfingstburschen and takes place always on the Wednesday after Whitsun (garlic Wednesday) at the Braunsbrunnen.
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  • for children (any age)
  • Disabled access
Monument open to the public.
The best way to reach us by car is via the A 38 from Göttingen (AS 19 Lutherstadt Eisleben) or Leipzig (AS 20 Querfurt).

Coming from the south, take the A 71 (AS Artern) or the B 180 and B 250 to Querfurt.

Arrival by train is possible from Merseburg station with the regional train to Querfurt, main station. From the ICE junction Halle/Saale take the train to Röblingen am See. From there, a bus line operates on behalf of Deutsche Bahn to Querfurt. From several cities in the region, bus lines run via Querfurt, so there are several options for travelling to the city by public transport.

The airport Halle-Leipzig is only 60 km away. This ensures a fast connection with other European countries. Near Querfurt (approx. 5 km away) is the Allstedt airport, which is open for business aircraft. Charter flights are possible here.
You can find more information about the tradition of the fountain at www.pfingstburschen.de

Where:

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City information Querfurt

Brunnenherrenweg
06268 Cross ford
Phone: +49 34771 / 60140
E-mail: stadtinformation@querfurt.de
website: http://www.querfurt.de/

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