The Belvedere on the Pfingstberg is a large structure north of the New Garden in Potsdam, Germany, at the summit of Pfingstberg hill. It was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and built between 1847 and 1863 as a viewing platform.Make Belvedere Castle on the Pfingstberg a centerpiece of your Potsdam vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Potsdam trip maker tool.
The Belvedere forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, inscribed in 1999.
It was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and as completed is only part of a substantially more extensive project for the hilltop site. The Belvedere was built, as its name suggests, as a viewing platform for visitors and contains only two modest scale rooms for entertainment, one in each upper tower. The mural decoration of these (Roman-Etruscan and Moorish, respectively) is mostly now lost.
Architecturally eclectic, the two towers are modelled on Italian Renaissance architecture whilst the wings are Roman in style and some of the detailed decoration is Greek-inspired. It was constructed between 1847 and 1863 with an interruption from 1852 to 1860.
Based on sketches from the King, the architects Ludwig Persius, Friedrich August Stüler and drew detailed plans. The landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné was responsible for the design of the grounds which are planted in the manner of the English landscape garden with serpentine paths and dense copses of hardwood trees. These now obstruct views of the Belvedere from the park and almost all points in Potsdam, but are apparently as designed by Lenné.
Belvedere Castle on the Pfingstberg reviews
Belvedere - is a building on an high place, allowing you to view the surroundings. As a rule, it is built over a place that can be considered as beautiful for an observer from this place. This word can be applied to a couple of other cases, but let us stop specifically on this one... So, this Belvedere is incredibly beautiful. The building itself is located on the highest point of the park, on a hill, and is surrounded by tall bushes and trees. Inside is a large square pool. During the day you can walk around and have picnics. There are also night events here. For example as I saw in the photos, they arrange here some light and illumination performances.
Magical place! Opening hours differentiate throughout the seasons - see attached foto. Loads of cultural events too. 20 km & 360‘ open view !
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