Directly in front of the town hall with its ornate facade stands the Luna fountain in the market square. The old fountain was created in 1530 by an unknown artist.
On a pillar you can see the Roman moon goddess Luna. The fountain statue was built due to a mistake: In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Lüneburg believed that the city was once a Roman settlement and their name derived from Luna. Instead, Lüneburg comes from the word 'Hluini' for refuge. Nevertheless, the moon goddess has kept in Lüneburg. Some joke has the figure already with it. The 62 cm bronze sculpture was stolen in 1970.
In 1972, the Berlin artist Harald Haacke made a faithful replica. The Roman goddess of hunting and moon enthrones with arrow, bow and crescent on her head on the well. Especially beautiful at the Luna fountain are the spitting figures on the bowls.
April 2, 2018
In Latin texts, Lüneburg appears as a Lunaburgum and also as a Selenopolis (moon city) - so it happened that the moon goddess Luna took a special place in the etymology of Lüneburg. In the middle of the fountain of the Lüneburg market square, the goddess armed with a bow and arrow watches over the historic city center.Ms. Luna looks gracefully and proudly over the market square in front of the Old Town Hall. Unfortunately, her grace could not save her from pranks and theft. The original of this figure dates from 1532. In 1970 it was stolen and melted down. In 1972 a replica was made, which is still enthroned on the fountain. In 2014 and 2017, unknowns disarmed the goddess, which made headlines in the local media.lueneburg.info/de/kultur/luna-brunnen
January 16, 2020
The moon goddess "Luna" is stolen again and again bow and arrow. So far, the city had replacement, but in 2017 had run out. It had to be re-set and it can be the arrow and bow always look a little different.kreiszeitung.de/lokales/niedersachsen/jagd-goettin-lueneburg-entwaffnet-8419589.htmlabendblatt.de/ratgeber/extra-journal/article107858629/Luna-sprudelt-gleich-doppelt.htmlThe article from the Hamburger Abendblatt is a bit dated, the original fountain is in the new "Museum Lüneburg". The Museum Fürstentum Lüneburg no longer exists.
April 3, 2018
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!
Our Tour recommendations are based on thousands of activities completed by other people on komoot.