Belvedere Pfingstberg, Potsdam

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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.
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.
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  • The Belvedere Pfingstberg is an absolute highlight in Potsdam. You have a great overview of the city and the surrounding lakes. We also had a good view of Berlin with the TV tower on the Alex. Everby!
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  • The castle is super restored. Thanks also to the hints of a professional guided tour, one recognizes the influence from Italy in architecture. From the top of the towers you have a magnificent view over Potsdam and all the way to Berlin. It's worth a visit!
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  • A wonderful place to look over the city. On an exhausting day you can calm down here to let the everyday life pass by. After many years in Potsdam this become my favorite place to be.
  • Special place in Potsdam - to enjoy in summer time with a small mirroring lake inside
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