The Fairytale Fountain is located at the south-western entrance to Friedrichshain public park (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.
The sculptures around the fountain depict characters from fairytales famous at the time – Cindirella, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Snow White etc.
Every spring the fountains are activated and run through autumn
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.
Through series of lesser fountains and sculptures, the area seeminglessly blends into the park behind it.