Störtebeker fountain

Short facts

  • Verden (Aller)

As the name suggests, this fountain shows the famous pirate Klaus Störtebeker.

On the occasion of the 1000th anniversary in 1985, this fountain was a gift from three Verden financial institutions to the citizens of the city.

The fountain created by the artist Paul Halbhuber shows pirate Klaus Störtebeker distributing bread and herrings for the Lätare donation. The Lätare donation goes back to a legacy that Klaus Störtebeker is said to have bequeathed to the city of Verden shortly before his execution: Every year, bread and herrings are made in Verden on the Monday after Sunday - three weeks before Easter, in the middle of Lent distributed to the population, including by Störtebeker himself. In his legacy, Störtebeker specified the amount of bread and fish, as well as the circle of recipients: the poor of the city, clergy and municipal officials should be recipients of bread and fish.

In the meantime this has loosened and everyone who is on site during the event "Lätare-Spende" receives bread and herrings as long as they are in stock. In the traditions it can also be read that Störtebeker is said to have donated seven church windows to Verden Cathedral to serve the seven main sins - arrogance, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, anger and indolence of the heart - none of which have survived.


Untere Straße

27283 Verden (Aller)


General information

  • Suitable for any weather
  • for Groups
  • for individual guests
  • Pet allowed
  • Suitable for the Elderly

The Störtebeker fountain is located in the vicinity of the Domherrenhaus - Historisches Museum Verden (Untere Straße 13, Verden).


By car:

Parking spaces are available for those arriving by car (towards the center / cathedral).


From the train station:

The Störtebeker fountain is about a 15-minute walk from the train station. Follow the pedestrian signs "Museums" to the Cathedral House.

Next steps

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