The water tower in the south of Prenzlauer Berg was built in the mid-19th century and is one of the oldest surviving water towers in Berlin. To this day, the tower is affectionately called "Dicker Hermann" by many Berliners. It now serves as a residential building.
Beautifully situated in a small public park, with many benches, a playground, trampoline and table tennis tables, you can also make yourself comfortable up here with a picnic blanket, enjoy the view of the TV tower and Wilhelminian style buildings and then look forward to a visit to one of the numerous street cafés or restaurants around the Wasserturmplatz.
May 26, 2018
The "big" water tower was built to house the people working for the water supply. For the water tower was located at the gates of the city.
It was then quite common to build attractive apartments on the waterworks. So the employees were immediately on site in the event of an emergency.
Above the former water reservoir today is a small meadow with benches. You have a nice view.
In addition to the water storage there is a playground, public trampoline and ping-pong tables.
April 6, 2018
Prenzlauer Berg water reservoir
Around 1850, Berlin was considered the stinkiest city in Europe. On the orders of the King of Prussia, the first public water supply system for Berlin was built between 1852 and 1856 by the Berlin Waterworks Company. On the Windmühlenberg - today the water tower area - a large open water basin and a riser tower were built. After 1873 the complex was expanded. The water tower with a high reservoir and apartments, machine houses and a second much larger closed deep tank (today the large water reservoir) were built. The old pool was vaulted (today the small water reservoir).
Despite further modernization around the turn of the century, the system became ineffective for the fast-growing city just a few years later. In 1914 it was shut down. In the years that followed, the rooms hidden in the ground served as storage, workshops, and for a short time as a so-called "flying concentration camp", war kitchen, air raid shelter and fish hall.
Text / Source: Förderband e. V. Cultural Initiative Berlin
August 28, 2022
The water tower is largely covered by the planted slopes.
November 3, 2019
The landmark of Prenzlauer Berg is the former water tower ("Dicker Hermann") on the corner of Ryke and Knaackstrasse from 1877, Berlin's first water tower.
June 13, 2021
Especially in spring, it is very colorful, even a small vineyard there
June 19, 2016
Water Tower, Prenzlauer Berg
The Prenzlauer Berg water tower (address Knaackstraße 23) is the oldest water tower in Berlin, completed in 1877 and in operation until 1952. The standpipe tower from 1856 and the actual water tower from 1877 have been preserved and have been listed since the 1980s.
August 28, 2022
Calm over the rooftops of Berlin. Great for the evening outing and a good bottle of wine.
July 22, 2015
The Prenzlauer Berg water tower is Berlin's oldest water tower, completed in 1877 and in operation until 1952. It stands between Knaackstrasse and Belforter.
April 22, 2021
One of the older water towers in Berlin. From the top of the mountain you have a good view and can see the television tower.
May 2, 2021
The standpipe tower is located on a small hill above the water tower. The tower itself is unfortunately not accessible, but you have a nice view from up here.
September 9, 2021
Very nice ensemble. You can even climb a 'mountain'.
December 29, 2019
This round water tower is located in Rykestrasse here in Prenzlauer Berg.
March 28, 2022
Oldest Berlin water tower with a dark history from the Nazi era.
November 8, 2022
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