Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Herkulesbrunnen, a magnificent – if slightly overwhelming – fountain which dominated Lützowplatz in Berlin-Tiergarten until the Second World War.
Made by two great names of Berlin art and architecture, Ludwig Hoffmann (of the Märchenbrunnen in Volkspark Friedrichshain; public baths in Oderberger Straße, Baerwaldstraße and Dennewitzstraße; as well as the grand mock-Gothic building of the Märkisches Museum) and Professor Otto Lessing (who created reliefs and statues for many of Hoffmann’s buildings and decorated, among others, the railway carriage of Kaiser Wilhelm II), Herkulesbrunnen was unveiled on October 11, 1903 – exactly 115 years ago today.
Neither the fountain nor the elegant, affluent residential area around Lützowplatz survived the war. The image above shows a 1905 aerial photo capturing the plaza, Herbkulesbrücke spanning Landwehrkanal and a view down Maassenstraße (now Karl-Heinrich-Ulrichs-Straße) towards Nollendorfplatz and Sankt-Matthias-Kirche on Winterfeldplatz.
And this small section of the 1910 Straube-Plan is painful to look at when juxtaposed with the maps of today. Lützowplatz lost much more than just a fountain…