This is an improvised “travel guide” showing the “lucky” sites in Europe. It features sculptures that supposedly bring luck or fulfill wishes when touched.
#1 PRAGUE (Czech Republic)
St. John of Nepomuk
The Sculpture of St. John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge is probably the best known site in Europe. According to the legend, touching or rubbing the relief featuring the Saint being thrown of the bridge brings luck or fulfills wishes.
The legend has it, that St. John – the confessor of the Queen – refused to give up her secrets to the king and for his disobedience, loyalty and faith to his believes and duties were thrown of the Charles bridge to his death. The historical truth lies somewhere else, however, the Saint is enjoying a huge popularity among both, the locals and the tourists.
Have you been to Prague? Did you touch St. John? Leave me a comment about your experience.
#2 VERONA (Italy)
If you need more Luck in Love, this is your sculpture! The beautiful Juliet in the House of Juliet in Verona is daily touched by hundreds of people – you can see that she is slowly disappearing. The protagonist of one of the most romantic stories of our times (Romeo & Juliet), can supposedly help with love problems. And who is lucky without love?
#3 FLORENCE (Italy)
This fabulous wild boar is called Porcellino and is part of a fountain at the market place in Florence. He brings luck or fulfills wishes of those who touch his snout or put a coin in his mouth and let it drop into the fountain.
#4 MUNICH (Germany)
There are four lions in front of the residence of the former kings in Munich. They symbolize different qualities, but the motto on the one, which is touched most frequently reads: ” temperato ponderibus motu” which apparently means something close to self-control, balance or even harmony. There are several legends about the lions but even the information center in Munich recommends touching them for luck.
#5 BARCELONA (Spain)
This cute turtle on the original marble mailbox of the Casa de l’Ardiaca (by Domenech i Montaner) is even featured in the DK travel guide of Barcelona. Her shield is now almost completely smooth due to the number of luck seeking tourists that touch her every day.
#6 BRUSSELS (Belgium)
Statute of Everard ‘t Serclaes – (not yet visited in person)
The sculpture of the man, who recovered the city of Brussels from the Flemish (1356), brings luck and grants wishes to those who touch/rub it. Unfortunately, the image shows only a replica as at the time of writing is the original undergoing restoration. You can see an image of the original here.
#7 BUDAPEST (Hungary)
Statue of Andras Hadik (not yet visited in person)
The statue of the most famous hussar in Budapest – Andras Hadik – reportedly brings luck too (especially the luck with exams). However, it is the rather obscure part of the horse that needs to be rubbed/touched. So this adventure, which includes climbing up the plinth, is not for all. Judge for yourself…
#8 FRANTISKOVY LAZNE (Czech Republic)
Frantisek / Francis
This little boy (Francis) brings a particular type of luck. The legend has it, that he can grant the wish for a baby. He is located a in the small spa town in Czech, which has a long tradition in treating infertility. The wishful ladies rub him frequently. Although it is written in official spa guide, that rubbing his left foot is the most effective method, it is rather clear, which part is the shiniest.
#9 PILZEN (Czech Republic)
This luck- legend might not be known abroad but is deeply embedded in the culture and history of Pilzen. The little angel on the railing of the St. Bartholomew’ church is touched by locals on daily basis. In fact, it has been rubbed so often, that the facial features are now completely gone. If you visit Pilzen, make sure you find it, you might need to queue for your turn to touch though.
#10 BREMEN (Germany)
The Town Musicians (not yet visited in person)
The statue created by Gerhard Marcs and based on the famous folktale (recorded by the brothers Grimm) is frequently rubbed for good luck. To read short version of the story, click here.