Erlach monument

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The Erlach monument
The Erlach monument in its old location on Münsterplatz

The Erlach monument in Bern is an equestrian statue of Rudolf von Erlach , the legendary winner of the Battle of Laupen .

It was designed by Joseph Simon Volmar , built by the Bernese architect Gottfried Debler together with the Solothurn master stone carver Urs Bargetzi and unveiled on May 12, 1849 on Bern's Münsterplatz . It was removed from there in 1961 and has been on the Graben promenade opposite the Bern City Theater since July 1969 .

On the front of the pedestal is written: "Rudolf von Erlach, winner near Laupen, the 21st month of fallow 1339". There is another inscription on each of the two long sides, the following on the right as seen from the rider:

Where are the happy youths now
the daily in Bern adorned with
Flowers and with bushes of feathers
the first are at every dance?
Therefore stand with you the honor of the city
Here Bern, here Erlach!

To the left of the rider is the second inscription:

I will never forget that I got this victory
owed the trust of my fellow citizens
am, and your heroic mind, strict
firm dear friends and helpers in need
from Waldstätten and Solothurn,
when our descendants tell the story
hear this battle, they will face
respect mutual friendship above all else, equal
as on this day, in their dangers and
They will consider which wars
Ancestors children they are.


  • Manuel Kehrli: Rudolf von Erlach's equestrian monument in the reception of the Zofingerverein , In: Festschrift on the occasion of the 90th birthday of Dr. med. Robert Develey, Basel, Munich 2019, pp. 263–268.

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Coordinates: 46 ° 56 '57.3 "  N , 7 ° 26' 53.1"  E ; CH1903:  600719  /  199797