Fountain of Fairytales – Märchenbrunnen in Berlin Friedrichshain

The Fairytale Fountain is located at the south-western entrance to Friedrichshain public park (Volkspark Friedrichshain).

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Entrance to Volkspark Friedrichshain

It was commisioned in 1893 to serve as a gate to teh park recently created in this area. Although the works began at theturn of the century, it took untill 1913 to finish the construction works.

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Märchenbrunnen in Berlin

The sculptures around the fountain depict characters from fairytales famous at the time – Cindirella, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Snow White etc.

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Sculptures of fairytale characters along Märchenbrunnen
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Sculptures of fairytale characters along Märchenbrunnen
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Sculptures of fairytale characters along Märchenbrunnen

Every spring the fountains are activated and run through autumn

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Märchenbrunnen in Berlin

The structure was badly damaged during the war and remained in poor condition untill the 1980’s, when the reconstruction started. Due to low funds, as well as ongoing vandalism, the fairytale springs remained largely unused untill 2005, whenthe city of Berlin commisioned a full restoration of the area to it’s original state.

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Märchenbrunnen in Berlin
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Märchenbrunnen in Berlin
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Märchenbrunnen in Berlin

Through series of lesser fountains and sculptures, the area seeminglessly blends into the park behind it.

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Märchenbrunnen Berlin Friedrichshain
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Märchenbrunnen Berlin Friedrichshain
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