Pferdeschwemme Salzburg

Pferdeschwemme Salzburg is a historical court horses’ watering and washing place, a design by the Baroque master, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.

In fact, von Erlach’s wonderful Pferdeschwemme was part of a bigger plan that also included the nearby royal stalls.

Central to the Pferdeschwemme is a statue by Michael Bernhard Mandl, “Horse Tamer”, which, however, was originally part of the royal stalls’ facade…but later relocated here.

Pferdeschwemme Salzburg Austria

PHOTO: A closeup of Pferdeschwemme, which is located within Herbert-v.-Karajan-Platz. Next to the attraction, you can find Siegmundstor tunnel, the oldest road tunnel in Austria (from 1766) that goes through Mönchsberg.

Der Rossebandiger statue Salzburg Austria

PHOTO: Central to the Pferdeschwemme is the pictured “Der Rossebändiger” (“Horse Tamer”) sculpture.

The place was renovated especially in 1732 during the reign of Archbishop Firmian, and this is when the horse watering place got its current fresco artworks.

The frescoes were made by Josef Ebner, who took inspiration for them from works by Florentian master Stradanus, a Medici family court artist, especially from his famous horse drawings: “Equile Ioannis austriaci Caroli V imp.f” ( from 1580.