The Schängel Fountain
The Schängel Fountain is a landmark of the city of Koblenz that stands in the Willi-Hörter-Platz square, today's town hall courtyard, surrounded by the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of the Jesuit ensemble. It was designed by Carl Burger in 1940 and is dedicated to the Koblenz regional poet Josef Cornelius (1849-1943), who wrote the lyrics to the well-known Schängellied, the anthem of the people of Koblenz.
The term Schängel has its origins in the 20-year affiliation (1794-1813) of the city of Koblenz to France. It refers to the German-French children born during this period, who were often named Jean (German: Johann or Hans). Due to the dialect of Koblenz, "Jean" usually became "Schang". Over time, this eventually developed into Schängel, a trivialisation of Schang.
Today, all native Koblenzers consider themselves Schängel and love the little guy who stands for wit, quick-wittedness and the Rhenish way of life.