Il Treptow Park (Treptower Park) extends into the neighborhood of the same name Berlin in the south-eastern area of the German capital, along the banks of the Spree River, and covers a total area of 230 hectares. The park is a popular recreation area for Berliners; but because of its decentralized position, it often escapes the classic tourist itineraries.
Brief historical notes
The park, the third largest in Berlin, was established in 1876 and only a few years later was the seat of Great Industrial Exhibition which was held in Berlin in 1896. In 1919 in Treptow the working class, led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, brought their protests here.
After the end of the Nazi regime, the park assumed a commemorative importance thanks to the construction of a military cemetery and a memorial to the Soviet fallen.
The major attractions of Treptow Park
within the Treptow Parkin addition to beautiful meadows and oases of greenery and tranquility, some interesting monuments and attractions are preserved.
Soviet War Memorial
At the end of the Second World War it was decided to pay homage to the Soviet victims of the war by building ben in Berlin three monuments in their honor, one of these was built right inside the Treptow Park.
Il Soviet memorial, o Memorial to the Soviet soldiers, was designed by the architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate 5000 soldiers who died in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. Inaugurated in 1949, the monument, in addition to being a memorial site, is also a military cemetery for the victims.
The stones with which the monument was built came from the now demolished New Reich Chancellery.
The Sowjetisches Ehrenmal focuses on a 12-meter-high sculpture representing the figure of a Soviet soldier carrying a German child in his arms, holding a sword, stepping on a broken swastika. The central statue is flanked by 16 stone sarcophagi, each representing one of the 16 Soviet republics.
Diametrically opposite to the central statue, to close the area, a portal consisting of two Soviet flags and two kneeling soldiers, all carved in red granite. The monument is completed with a last sculpture, depicting the homeland that weeps for its fallen.
Lo Russian state has at heart the maintenance of the Sowjetisches Ehrenmal, so much so that the Germans themselves must, according to agreements between the two countries, take care of the structure and not make changes without prior agreement between the parties.
The Archenhold Observatory
In 1909, one of the buildings in Treptow Park was converted into an observatory, among other things the largest in Germany. The observatory later became a place of interest as it was right here that Albert Einstein gave his first lecture where he presented the theory of relativity in 1915.
The visit to the Treptow Park takes more or less two hours, even if you can decide to spend some more time in search of relaxation, to also get to know one of the most beautiful districts of Berlin, theAlt Treptow.
THEaccess to the park It is free; it is open all day, however, it is necessary to pay attention to the evening openings which may vary according to the season and scheduled events.
Events and entertainment
Various concerts are organized inside the Treptow Park; for the visitor there is also the possibility to rent canoes and boats, in order to fully enjoy the scenery of the Spree and the Muggelsee, the largest lake in Berlin.
How to get to Treptow Park
Treptow Park can be reached either by bus or by S-Bahn, getting off at the station Treptower Park. The reference stops for buses are Sowj Ehrenmal and Herkomer Straße.