Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

The Fairy-Tale Road Sights

Johann Andreas Eisenbart

  • Information Center

Updated 11/15/2013

Fodor's Review

Much is made of the fact that the quack doctor to end all quacks died in Hannoversch-Münden. Dr. Johann Andreas Eisenbart (1663–1727) would be forgotten today if a ribald 19th-century drinking song ("Ich bin der Doktor Eisenbart, widda, widda, wit, boom! boom!") hadn't had him shooting out aching teeth with a pistol, anesthetizing with a sledgehammer, and removing boulders from the kidneys. He was, as the song has it, a man who could make "the blind walk and the lame

see." This is terribly exaggerated, of course, but the town takes advantage of it.

The good Dr. Eisenbart has "office hours" in the town hall at 1:30 on Saturday from May through December; and a glockenspiel on the town hall depicts Eisenbart's feats, to the tune of the Eisenbart song, daily throughout the year at noon, 3 pm, and 5 pm. There's a statue of the doctor in front of his home at Langestrasse 79, and his grave is outside the St. Ägidien Church.

Read More

Sight Information

Phone:

05541-75313

Updated 11/15/2013

Advertisement

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement