Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The so called Bengal lights, in this case a colour-changing electric illumination, was switched on for the first time in 1898 after an electric dynamo generator was installed in the pump-house at today´s Villa Kreuzberg in Kreuzbergstrasse.
Between 1898 and 1914 the waterfall was lit regularly once a week on Sundays. After 24 years of a break, when not only the lights but also the water remained turned off, both were brought back again in 1935, only to go out once more three years later.
Between 1938 and 1961 the waterfall was dry. With one exception: on August 19th, 1955 during Kreuzberger Festliche Tagen, an important local summer event, the firefighting brigades from the borough arrived in the park with their cars, pumps and hosepipes to pump the water necessary to feed the waterfall all the way to the top of Kreuzberg.
Soon it will be time to enjoy that view again: the Brunennsaison (fountain season) in Berlin will start next month. Although there will be no electric lights, trust me: the waterfall looks just as good by the light of the moon.
As long as the borough find enough money to pay for having that water pumped up. Which prove to be just as trying as the trek up that hill.