Why You Should Check Out Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin – Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
Since moving to Berlin Lichtenberg, I’ve made the effort to explore my new district and the surrounding area as much as possible. Whether it be visiting the Gardens of the World or the Tierpark, there were (and are) a number of places I want to check off my list, and Schlosspark Biesdorf just happened to be one of them.
Spending a warm summer day visiting a park filled with all sorts of greenery, an English style garden, and an Italian inspired villa? Count me in.
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Why You Should Check Out Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin
Have you ever heard of Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin? Likely you haven’t, as even many longtime Berliners haven’t visited this beautiful spot for themselves. For sure, Schlosspark Biesdorf isn’t one of Berlin’s prime attractions like the TV Tower or the Berliner Dom and the fact that it’s located well outside of the city center make it even less appealing for some. Yet whether you’re a local or a tourist, I recommend a visit. It’s totally worth the brief journey there and in my humble opinion, may very well be one of Berlin’s most underrated sites.
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The History of Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin
This pink hued, 20 room, Neoclassical villa with an octagonal tower was first built in 1868 for Baron von Rüxleben. Dreaming of a luxurious villa with an Italian vibe, he hired Heino Schmeiden to complete his masterpiece. The villa ended up being sold several times over the next two decades, until it came in possession of the Siemens family in 1887.
The Siemens expanded the outdoor area into a 14-acre English styled public park which included a pond, walking paths, manicured lawns, gardens, a tea pavilion, and many large deciduous and coniferous trees.
Eventually, the villa was given over to the city of Berlin and it sadly fell into a state of neglect and disrepair. A fire in 1945 destroyed the entire top floor.
Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin Right Now
These days, Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin is seen as a remarkable 19th century piece of architecture. Renovations started on the villa a few years back and continue today. The top floor was restored, as well as the entire interior, while the restoration of the facade remains a work in progress. The main western entrance features a pillared vestibule, which the south and east sides are dotted with pillared loggias and pergolas. You’ll find the belvedere octagonal tower at the southeast point of the villa. The entrance hall leads to a main room that’s over two storeys high and features a massive skylight.
Now an art institution – Kunsthaus Schloss Biesdorf hosts art exhibitions, talks, and even concerts. It’s also a member of KGB, a working group of galleries in Berlin. Their art exhibitions feature modern artists and in particular, pieces from the former German Democratic Republic. Many visitors come just to learn more about the history and architecture of villa and park. There’s a small shop in the lobby and a café which features a lovely Sunday brunch. Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin can even be booked as an event venue, as it has several meeting rooms, workshop spaces, and more.
Why come here? To see the Italian themed villa, check out an art exhibition, feast on brunch in their café, or simply soak up the sun and nap in the park.
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Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin
12683 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 516567790
Good to Know
1) To get there, take the S5 from the city center (i.e. Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstr., or Alexanderplatz) to the Biesdorf S-Bahn station. The journey will take about 30 minutes and the park is a five or so minute walk from the train station.
2) The park is open every day (except Tuesday) from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.
3) Café Schloss Biesdorf is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Fridays, it’s open from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. It’s closed on Tuesdays.
4) Schlosspark Biesdorf Berlin is wheelchair accessible.
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