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Inscriptions of Ingolstadt

Don't Wake Up the Sleeping Lion!


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In the courtyard of the castle of Ingolstadt, in border of the medieval center of the city and near the Danube river, a long line of old cannon barrels are aligned. On one of them there is the inscription described below.

Photo Ingolstadt: alignment of cannon barrels

Alignment of cannon barrels





Photo Ingolstadt: entrance of the castle's courtyard

Entrance of the castle's courtyard
seen from inside the courtyard


Photo Ingolstadt: Broken cannon barrel

Broken cannon barrel


Photos: Hans-Rudolf Hower, 2011

Photo Ingolstadt: front end of a cannon barrel

Front end of a cannon barrel

Photo Ingolstadt: inscription on a cannon barrel


Photo Ingolstadt: back end of a cannon barrel

Back end of a cannon barrel

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Original Text (in regional German)


Standard German

Weck mich nicht auf


Don't wake me up

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The Bavarian Army Museum was initially located in Munich. It was founded by Ludwig II in 1879 and located in the Munich Zeughaus (Lothstraße) until 1905. Then it moved to the new dome building in the courtgarden of the Royal Residenz, after five years of construction. As this building was largely damaged in World War II, the museum had to find a new location and finally moved to Ingolstadt's New Castle in 1969. The cannon barrels exhibited in the courtyard of the New Castle are part of the museum's exhibitions.

See also Former Army Museum in Munich (in German or in Italian).

The cannon barrels exhibited in the New Castle's courtyard in Ingolstadt are not likely to come from a local production because cannon production in Ingolstadt didn't really begin before 1883 (see below).

It's interesting to compare the decoration of weapons and military vehicles in the different centuries (and civilisations). Contrary to modern ones, earlier weapons and vehicles were richly decorated with sculptures, paintings and inscriptions as you see some in Ingolstadt. These elements were destinated to inflict fright to the ennemy and encourage the own troops. This is also the double sense of "Don't wake me up" and the image of the sleeping lion at the front end of the barrel. A third motivation of rich decoration - in spite of continuous lack of money - may be the same as the one occurred in various besieged medieval cities where the starving inhabitants exhibited precious foods on the wall in order to deceive the ennemy.

Modern weapons and military vehicles needn't be richly decorated because the ennemy will rarely see them - unless he wins the battle. Technical efficiency is the only necessity.

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Municipality of Ingolstadt

Official site (German language).

Ingolstadt Tourist Information (English and German Language)

Official site (German language).


In the English Wikipedia.

Encyclopaedic article on the city of Ingolstadt.

City map of Ingolstadt

By Google Maps.

Zoomable city map of Ingolstadt.

Neues Schloss (Ingolstadt)

In the German Wikipedia.

Encyclopaedic article on the so-called New Castle of Ingolstadt, which was built from 1418 onwards (German language). Note that there are also some lines on the New Castle in the English Wikipedia's article on Ingolstadt.

Kanonen (Cannons)


A big photo of the cannon barrels exhibited in the courtyard of Ingolstadt's castle.

BAVARIAN ARMY MUSEUM - INGOLSTADT (Big Guns and Fat Uniforms at the New Castle)


Short touristic presentation of the Bavarian Army Museum.

Bayerisches Armeemuseum

In the German Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on the Bavarian Army Museum (German language).

Zeughaus München (Lothstraße)

In the German Wikipedia.

Short encyclopaedic article on this first location of the Bavarian Army Museum (German language).

Munich Residenz

In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on the Royal Munich Palace, with a short passage speaking of the Bavarian Army Museum's move from Munich to Ingolstadt. You will find a nice photo of the former Munich location of the museum (now tranformed to Bavarian Chancellery) in the German Wikipedia under Bayerische Staatskanzlei.

Die "K. B. Geschützgießerei und Geschoßfabrik" in Ingolstadt (1885 - 1919)

By Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv.

Presentation of an exhibition on the history of production of cannons and ammunition in Ingolstadt (German language).


In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on the history of cannons.

Ludwig II of Bavaria

In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on this Bavarian king who founded the Bavarian Army Museum in Munich.


In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on Europe's second longest river.

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Arrival by Public Transport

For the arrival in Ingolstadt, see Inscriptions of Ingolstadt.

Going downtown by feet from the main railway station of Ingolstadt you will cross a large park (named Klenze-Park) and just before arriving at the Danube river you will see some big fortification towers with a long red wall between them. (The right-hand tower is the Triva tower.) Passing by the open gate in the red wall and then going down to the Danube and its pedestrian bridge you will see the so-called New Castle on the other side of the river.

Indications concerning the arrival correspond to our personal knowledge or even experience, but we cannot assume any responsibility for their rightness. When you are reading this page, things may have changed in reality.

Hans-Rudolf Hower, 2011

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