And what I found was this beautiful green park filled with sycamore trees, ducks and a beautiful fountain that dominates the view of the park. The fountain is called Märchenbrunnen im Schulenburgpark and it’s a fairy tale fountain created by the sculptor Ernst Moritz Geyger in 1919 but only installed on its final place 15 years later, in 1934.
The history of Von der Schulenburg Park in Neukölln
The area which we call Von der Schulenburg Park was first identified as a green area way back in 1913 but it didn’t have a name. The area was considered unsuitable for urban development due to a marshy terrain and it started being used by the people who lived around it. Around 1920, the place got its name from Rudolf Wilhelm Graf von der Schulenburg, the president of Brandenburg from 1914 to 1917, and a couple of years later it was developed following the design we have today. Two paths surrounded by sycamore trees and a mirror pool in the middle pointing to the south part of the park.
The Fountain at Schulenburg Park in Neukölln
The fountain is the focal point of the park and, as you enter the park, it will be the place where you will walks towards. Yes, the fountain has this weird power. It is designed in a way that makes you want to look closer. The mixture of Art Nouveau and gothic elements is beautiful and it shows elements natural to german forests. The Märchenbrunnen in Schulenburg Park almost looks like a cathedral for the forest. And I believe that this was the idea that sculptor Ernst Moritz Geyger had when he first started designing it back in 1915.
The fountain went through a lot of damage during the years as Berlin suffered through the Second World War and the Cold War that followed it. During the war, its bronze parts were dismantled and melted down. The rest of it fell by vandalism and lack of proper care. In the 1970’s, the fountain was restored and two fairytale characters by Katharina Szelinski-Singer were added to it.
Schulenburg Park in Neukölln
Von der Schulenburg Park in Neukölln
Sonnenallee 302 12057 Berlin