5. Kindlifresser Was Here
Kindlifresser or “Child Eater” is found in Bern, Switzerland and no one’s quite certain why the 500-year-old statue of a man eating a sack of babies was built in the first place. Some believe it’s a portrayal of the Greek Titan Kronos and the story of him devouring his godchildren so they could not take his throne when they were older. Others feel it is the elder brother of the founder of Bern, Duke Berchtold, who was so jealous of his younger brother’s time in the spotlight that he went crazy and ate all the town’s children. Another casts a foreboding light on future events, where the belief is that it was constructed to warn the town’s Jewish community, especially as the hat the statue wears is very similar to the pointy Judenhut that was forced on Jews during that period. Whatever its reason for being, Kindlifresser’s 1546 construction makes it one of the oldest fountains in the city.