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From: Wittenberg, Germany

Water channel in Wittenberg


Downtown Wittenberg's Bäche, or streams, date back to the mid-1500s. Water was brought to the city in oak pipes, where it was fed into open channels next to the streets.

In modern times, plumbing and sewer systems made the Bäche redundant, and the streams were covered over in 1883. They remained hidden and largely forgotten until a few years ago, when the city reopened the Bäche as a water feature for citizens and tourists to enjoy.

Technical trivia: The 16th Century water mains are still in use, thanks to fossilizing of the oak. A German-language Wikipedia article claims that the wooden pipes and their 20 connected fountains are the only functioning medieval water system north of the Alps.

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