The Neptune Fountain of Berlin (initially Kaiserbrunnen, then especially Schloßbrunnen, or also named after its creator Reinhold Begas Begasbrunnen) is a fountain created at the end of the 19th century. It has a quatrefoil-like base similar to a four-leaf clover, is decorated with five allegorical figures and is considered one of the city's most magnificent fountains.
The original location of the Neptune Fountain was located in front of the Berlin City Palace on the historic Schlossplatz. Since 1969, it has stood on the open space between the Marienkirche and the Rotes Rathaus (historic Marienviertel) in the central district of Berlin, which was created in GDR times.
February 28, 2018
The Baroque Neptune Fountain is probably one of the most beautiful fountains in Berlin and is centrally located on the open space between St. Mary's Church and the Red Town Hall.
He is known by Berliners under the name "Forckenbecken". This term fit twice: on the one hand was the then mayor of Berlin Forckenbeck, on the other fits the terminology well to the fountain itself, because Neptune stands with his trident is the hand in a basin. The four female figures at his feet symbolize the rivers Elbe, Rhine, Oder and Vistula.
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A beautiful place with a lot of charm!
March 9, 2018
The Neptune Fountain stood on Schlossplatz until the Berlin Palace was demolished. When the East Berlin city center was redesigned in 1969, it was reinstalled in the park by the television tower between the Red City Hall and the Marienkirche.
May 3, 2020
The Neptune Fountain (actually Schloßbrunnen, also Begasbrunnen) is Berlin's largest fountain and was created in the years 1888-1891 in the style of the Neo-Baroque by Reinhold Begas. Its height up to the Neptune head is 8.50 m, up to the trident point another 2 m more
July 4, 2020
The baroque Neptune Fountain near Alexanderplatz is one of the most beautiful fountains in Berlin. The water feature known by Berliners as "Forckenbecken" stands in the open space between the Marienkirche and the Rotes Rathaus and is a popular meeting place for Berliners and tourists.
Neptune is standing in a basin with his trident in hand. The four female figures at his feet symbolize the rivers Elbe, Rhine, Oder and Vistula.
The Neptune Fountain was originally built in front of the Berlin City Palace in 1891. It was a gift from Berlin to Kaiser Wilhelm II. The builder of the fountain, Reinhold Begas, gained fame through him. While the fountain survived the Second World War without major damage, the figures were damaged by non-ferrous metal thieves in 1946. When the Berlin City Palace was blown up, the figures were stored and the red marble fountain bowl destroyed.
It was not until 1969 that the fountain and its figures were rebuilt, this time at a different location. The open space created after the war between the Rotes Rathaus and Marienkirche was occupied by the Neptune Fountain. The new fountain bowl is made of red granite, the figures have been renovated.
In the course of the new construction of the Berlin City Palace as the Humboldt Forum, consideration is being given to relocating the Neptune Fountain to its original location on Schloßplatz.
November 16, 2020
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