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WASSER MARSCH! – THE VIKTORIAPARK WATERFALL

Viktoriapark waterfall by night on a 1901 postcard. Vie wfrom Großbeerenstraße.

Viktoriapark waterfall by night on a 1901 postcard. View from Großbeerenstraße. The postcard was mailed from Steglitz, then an independent rural community.

Viktoriapark Waterfall in today´s Kreuzberg, built – like the rest of the eastern part of the park – by Hermann Mächtig and first tested on October 14, 1893, exactly 123 years ago today. Both the waterfall and the park itself are entirely man-made. Before 1888, the greater part of the hill (the Kreuzberg) was a barren heap of sand.

 

The waterfall was powered by powerful pumps, located in a red-brick building next to the Park Director´s house (restaurant “Villa Tomasa” in Kreuzbergstraße today), used to push 30,000 litres of water up the Kreuzberg Hill. Today those are “only” 13,000. Originally, the pumps were put in motion by steam engines.

 

Zackelfall in Riesengebirgen, Silesia, before 1945.

Zackelfall in Riesengebirgen, Silesia, before 1945.

The waterfall´s blueprint was most probably the “Zackelfall” in Silesian part of the Great Mountains (German “Riesengebirge” or “Karkonosze” in Polish) in what is Poland today. Now it is known as “Wodospad Kamieńczyka”.

 

Wodospad Kamieńczyka in the now Polish part of the Karkonosze Mountains (image through karkonosze.pl).

Wodospad Kamieńczyka in the now Polish part of the Karkonosze Mountains (image through karkonosze.pl).

 

And, as always, you can read more about Viktoriapark´s and its waterfall´s fascinating history in our book “Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion”, available at berlinarium.bigcartel.com (shipping worldwide), on Amazon.de or through Book-on-Demand Berlin as well as in one of the following Berlin bookshops:

Shakespeare and Sons in Warschauer Straße 74, Berlin-Friedrichshain

Do You Read Me?! in Auguststraße 28, Berlin-Mitte

Hundt Hammer Stein in Alte Schönhauser Straße 23-24, Berlin-Mitte

Buchbund in Sanderstraße 8, Berlin-Neukölln

Herrlich in Bergmannstraße 2, Berlin-Kreuzberg

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