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E.T.A. Hoffmann

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Königsberg, Ostpreußen 1776 - Berlin 1822
German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror, a jurist, composer, music critic and artist.
Carin Kreuzberg

Berlin /  E.T.A. Hoffmann   Berlin /  E.T.A. Hoffmann


Sandstone ust of E.T.A. Hoffmann with one arm, which is stretched out and carrying on his hand a crowned snake, which slides down from the shoulder. The serpent alludes to Hoffmann's surrealistic, fantastic stories of Hoffmann. The bust is a whole with the base which is surrounded by naked sitting figures of children.

Berlin - E.T.A. Hoffmann Berlin - E.T.A. Hoffmann
Berlin - E.T.A. Hoffmann Berlin - E.T.A. Hoffmann

The sculpture was created in 1978 has stood near the Karl Liebknecht Bridge. After being damaged by vandalism in 1990, it was reconstructed and re-erected at a nearby location. After renewed vandalism in 2009, it was placed in the foyer of the town hall of the Bezirk Mitte on the Karl-Marx-Allee 31. Now it stands in the courtyard of the café of the library, and can be visited during opening hours.


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Information Sign

E.T.A. Hoffmann

Carin Kreuzberg Sandstein 1978
Der Dichter mit der gekrönten Schlange
Serpentina aus dem Märchen
„Der goldene Topfʺ
Restauriert durch das Bezirksamt
Mitte von Berlin im Jahr 2013
E.T.A. Hoffmann

Carin Kreuzberg, sandstone, 1978
The poet with the crowned serpent
Serpentina from the fairy tale
"The Pot of Gold"
Restored by the district office
Mitte of Berlin in 2013


Sources & Information


  • Boy (sitting)
  • Boy and Girl
  • Bust (man)
  • Composer
  • Girl (sitting)
  • Hoffmann, E.T.A.
  • Kreuzberg, Carin
  • Snake
  • Writer / poet
  • Locatie (N 52°31'5" - E 13°23'30") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: debe120; Photograph: 31 August 2022
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