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A story hidden behind this clockwork figure

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Located in the old city, on the façade of the house at Schneider-Wibbel-Gasse 5, you will find the clockwork figure of Schneider Wibbel. Schneider Wibbel is symbolic of the shrewd nature of people from the Rhein region and is originally a character from a play.

Wibbel the tailor, master in the art of deception

The idea for the Wibbel tailor character came about 100 years ago. The playwright Hans Müller-Schlösser wrote a play set during the Napoleonic occupation of Düsseldorf. The story is based on a main protagonist, Wibbel the tailor, who had insulted the Emperor Napoleon. The plot goes like this: sentenced to four weeks in prison, the tailor sends his employee Zimpel to serve his prison sentence in his place. Sadly, the employee dies in prison and everyone, oblivious to the subterfuge, thinks that it is Wibbel who has died. Wibbel returns to Düsseldorf, his home town, and passes himself off as his twin brother. He marries his wife for a second time and waits for the French forces to finally withdraw before announcing that he is in actual fact the real Wibbel the tailor! The play, performed for the first time in 1913, has been made into a film several times.

The clockwork figure appears five times per day

Today, you can find Wibbel the tailor in the street with the same name in the old city. For over 50 years, the clockwork figure has appeared daily at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 21:00 when the clock chimes. There is also another statue of Wibbel the tailor. It is said that touching the statue brings you luck.
Access by public transport, "Heinrich-Heine-Allee" stop.

Schneider Wibbel