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Basel Sights

Lällekönig

  • Schifflände
  • Altstadt
  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

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When a famous gate tower on the Grossbasel side was destroyed, lost along with it was the notorious Lällekönig, a 15th-century gargoyle of a king whose mechanized clockwork caused the apparatus to stick out his tongue and roll his eyes at the "lesser" citizens across the river. Kleinbasel residents seek symbolic revenge even today. During the annual Vogel Gryff festival, a birdlike figure dances to the midpoint of the bridge, gives the Lällekönig a flash of his backside, and takes the party back to Kleinbasel. You can see a working facsimile of the Lällekönig on the corner of what is now a chain restaurant at Schifflände, while the original still ticks and taunts away in the nether regions of the Historical Museum.

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Schifflände, Basel, 4051, Switzerland

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