Stadtpark, FuerthOn January 25, 2012 by Marie Gizelle
Visiting Fuerth means frequent trips to the city park. It is a 15-minute walk from Mom-in-law’s place and we can feed ducks, follow the geese around, look out for birds, play waterguns or simply blow bubbles and run about.
There’s also a mini-golf complete with all 18 holes. The kids didn’t give up one bit and finished all of them.
There are also swings, seesaws and other outdoor toys for children to play with but the greenery is so welcoming you’d surely love to wander about, running with siblings or as mentioned, geese.
There’s a statue of the famous dog, cat and rooster sans the donkey by the playground and on the other side, as visible in photo, a statue of the Frog prince. The 3 former animals mentioned are characters in the children story “Town Musicians of Bremen” (Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten).
If you’ve forgotten, let me make you recall.
“In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there.
On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage; they look inside and see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each other’s backs, they decide to perform for the men in hope of gaining food. Their ‘music’ has an unanticipated effect; the men run for their lives, not knowing what the strange sound is. The animals take possession of the house, eat a good meal, and settle in for the evening.
Later that night, the robbers return and send one of their members in to investigate. He sees the Cat’s eyes shining in the darkness and thinks he is seeing the coals of the fire. He reaches over to light his candle. Things happen in quick succession; the Cat scratches his face with her claws, the Dog bites him on the leg, the Donkey kicks him and the Rooster crows and chases him out the door, screaming. He tells his companions that he was beset by a horrible witch who scratched him with her long fingers (the Cat), an ogre with a knife (the Dog), a giant who had hit him with his club (the Donkey), and worst of all, the judge who screamed in his voice from the rooftop (the Rooster). The robbers abandon the cottage to the strange creatures who have taken it, where the animals live happily for the rest of their days.”
City Park Fuerth is one of my kids favorite places in Germany, we do hope to come by often even when they’re older…
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