February 18, 2018

Gods, Porn and Generals in Rostock

When traveling I am always intrigued by the statues and fountains I stumble onto.  It’s through these that we learn more about the people or causes that are important to the citizens and sometimes the government.

While discovering the city of Rostock Germany, I was struck by a few interesting fountains and one statue.

Neuer Markt Sculpture Rostock Germany

The Neuer Markt has been the center of town for many years.  It is surrounded by Neoclassic and Baroque style houses which make this fountain an interesting choice.Modern Sculpture Rostock Germany

Maybe not surprising, this very modern sculpture garners a lot of controversial attention! The gods circling the sculpture – Neptune, Triton, Nereus and Proteus – are hard to recognize and cast a gloomy aura to the square.  The people who don’t like this sculpture think this gloomy feeling is in contrast to the traditional setting and felt a sculpture keeping with the style of the square would have been more suitable.  What do you think?Joy of Life Fountain Rostock Germany

Strolling along the pedestrian street you come to this unique fountain sitting in front of the University.  Titled “The Joy of Life”, this is a monument to the rebirth of Rostock after World War II.  I feel the artist was able to capture a fun feeling and I did enjoy the quirky nature of the art.  Locally it is known as the “Porn Fountain”.  What do you think Fun or Porn?

Joy of Life Fountain Up Close Rostock GermanyPorn Fountain Rostock Germany






Also near the University is a statue honoring one of Germany’s heroes, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.  Sitting under the trees you will find General Blücher who was a Napoleonic era Prussian General that was born in Rostock.  His crowning achievement was defeating Napoleon at Waterloo which was also the reason this statue survived the occupation!  The Russians hated Napoleon so also had some respect for General Blücher.General Blucher Rostock Germany

Yes to Germans he was a great man but upon hearing his name, Blücher, the sound of neighing horses kept running through my head.  Anyone remember Frau Blücher?

What fountains or statues have impressed you?



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Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at the Rostock Tourist Bureau!  To learn more about Germany off the Beaten Path, please visit the Historic Highlights of Germany website.

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  7. AATravel says:

    Nice to see the Germans having such a nice sense of humor.

  8. Very interesting tour my friend! I agree that the fountain is somewhat very gloomy in comparison to the very lively and vibrant surrounding architecture! I really don’t like it at all but I did love the Joy of Life in Rostock…such celebration and the artist really captures the exuberance these people must have felt.

    I am still laughing because when I read about General Blücher, my mind immediately went the Young Frankenstein and Frau Blücher, and before I knew it, there at the end of your article was this hilarious movie!

    Loved every word and and every pic…oh, the video too!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Oh Jeff you just made my day! You’re the only one who mentioned Young Frankenstein 🙂 I also completely agree with you on the fountains. The Joy of Life brought a smile to my face!

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  10. We go through Rostock several times a years, but the atomic power plant has always detained me from stopping. Might have to change that.
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    • Bjoern says:

      Hi there: just a quick note… the power plant one can see (next to the modern harbour) is a coal-fired power plant… so, no worries 😉

      • Debbie Beardsley says:

        Thanks for clearing that up Bjoern! Nuclear plants don’t really bother me but I know they do some people.

  11. Nancie says:

    I do like the “porn” (opps!)…they give a feeling of fun and lightness to the square. Chaing Mai has fountains set up in the old moat, and they are very pretty at night. I have a caught a few nice photos at sunset.
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  12. Jackie Smith says:

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  13. They’re certainly interesting fountains and I think it’s great that they are causing discussions amongst the people.
    Love your title. There’s not porn here just fun!
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  14. I also love taking pictures of fountains! I think I have a post on the fountains in Rome. Love the Joy of Life. Such a unique work of art eh?
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  15. I love quirky statues and sculptures like these! It looks like a very charming town. I think it’s a Fun art. How is it any different from all those naked statues in other places like Italy (i.e. David) The fountain does make for a great centerpiece in the town though.
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  16. Maybe its porn AND fun. Or porn that’s fun? Anyhow, I agree that the playfulness and sinuous shapes play nicely oft the architecture. For my favorite fountains–that’s easily the trick fountains as well as the more serious ones at Peterhof in St. Petersburg. As for a city of fountains–can’t beat Rome, where they seem to be on every corner.
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  17. Margaret says:

    I like the contrast between the style of the fountain and the style of the homes!
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  18. God and Porn? What a provocative title, Debbie! You got my attention.
    There’s no porn in those statues. They’re fun!
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  19. jan says:

    I liked the fun/porn fountain – not sure which category they all into!
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  20. jade says:

    I haven’t been to Rostock but there is an area in Florence that has a bunch of statues like this- they have a green shine to them. it’s beautiful and mesmorizing at the same time.
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  21. Sophie says:

    Interesting, Debbie. I was in Rostock for a meeting many years ago, but sadly didn’t see that much of the city. All we had time for was a quick walk through town during lunch one day. I do remember lots of shops selling amber, though. However, I was in Aachen just two days ago, and noticed a fountain there which intrigued me – all surrounded by statues depicting quite strange people. It’s near the cathedral, you’ve probably seen it.
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