Belvedere Castle on the 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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  • We walked from Sanssouci Palace... which I wouldn't recommend... but was worth it when we got there. There musicians playing while we were there which was lovely. The building is is not remarkable... 
    We walked from Sanssouci Palace... which I wouldn't recommend... but was worth it when we got there. There musicians playing while we were there which was lovely. The building is is not remarkable...  more »
  • This place is definitely worth visiting. Neat place and great architecture in one place. There is a nice photogenic pool inside so photographers will have a hard time deciding what the best photo... 
    This place is definitely worth visiting. Neat place and great architecture in one place. There is a nice photogenic pool inside so photographers will have a hard time deciding what the best photo...  more »
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  • Very nice place for walks and the panorama of the city. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go up the observatory(Apr 2022). I wish it had a better view of the city on the ground level of this establishment.
  • Marvelous place kind of hidden in Potsdam. Not in the city center, but you can easily get there by bus. I recommend both little exhibition and the palace itself. You can also see a great panorama of Potsdam from the top. The palace is renewed and kept in a great condition. I especially recommend the last part of museum when you can listen to the citiziens of Potsdam talking about their experience after war 1945-2000 enjoy

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