Mountain Biking Highlight
At the northern end of the park, the construction of the steam engine house brought the technical achievements of the 19th century into Babelsberg Park. After plans of Ludwig Persius it originated in the years 1843-1845 together with the installation of an irrigation system under the direction of Moritz Gottgetreu. The Persius typical construction of the combination of simple cubic structures is complemented by battlements, turrets and bay windows. This decoration gives the building a "Norman" character and is reflected in the architectural style of the Meierei in the New Garden, which was also expanded by Persius in those years. In the basement were the boiler and engine rooms, a workshop and the apartment of the machine master. The upper floor was occupied by Count von Pückler, the court marshal of Prince Wilhelm I.
The adversities of the water supply with which Lenné had to fight were now eliminated. Prince Pückler-Muskau's garden design benefited from the new technology. In May 1845, the first fountain complex was inaugurated. The addition of a new machine hall in 1865, a steam power of 65 hp for the irrigation of the park was available. A special spectacle was the 40-meter-high fountain, which shot up like a geyser from the Havel. After the construction of another round water basin on the hill, now called Achterbecken, the park received a sufficient water supply.
October 1, 2017
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