Slide fountain


Dorfplatz Eschbach

Dorfplatz Eschbach
Weinstraße 64
76831 Eschbach


The Rutschbrunnen in Eschbach was built in 1993 by the sculptor Burghard Knauf to commemorate a very special event in Eschbach: the Eschbacher Rutsch. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Palatinate belonged to the Kingdom of Bavaria and was ruled by Ludwig I from 1825. King Ludwig I took great pleasure in the Palatinate and visited it frequently. He even liked the Palatinate so much that he had a summer residence built with the Villa Ludwigshöhe above the nearby Edenkoben. But even before the completion of the castle, Ludwig often visited the province. So it was that in 1843 his son, Crown Prince Maximilian, visited Eschbach. The villagers had already offered the Crown Prince the Madenburg as a wedding gift the year before and repeated the offer in the course of this visit. But Maximilian was more interested in the expansion of Hambach Castle and therefore rejected the gift.

In the years before, there were also frequent uprisings in the Palatinate against state oppression, which became particularly clear at the Hambach Festival in 1832. When in 1840 France again laid claim to the Rhine border and thus also to the Palatinate, a patriotic mood against France aroused in Germany. To pay homage to this patriotic idea, the Treaty of Verdun (843) was to be celebrated throughout Germany in 1843, which 1000 years earlier had been the political starting point for the development of the German Reich.

In the Palatinate, this 1000th anniversary celebration was to take place as part of the 10th Music Festival of the Central Music Association on 9 and 10 August in Landau. For the 11th of August a parade of the clubs with music, singing and folk games up to the "Eschbacher Schlossruine" with a final fireworks display in the evening was planned - the Eschbacher Partie. The festival committee organized several ladder wagons for the trip to Eschbach and back. On the afternoon of August 11, about 20,000 people had gathered at the Madenburg to celebrate together. A strum, however, pushed the revelers back down into the village only a little later. Thus, the Eschbach game turned into a slide that quickly got around and was captured in pictures and stories - and later also in the slide fountain.

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