Volkspark Friedrichshain
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Volkspark Friedrichshain

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Volkspark Friedrichshain is a recreational area in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin. It was created in 1846 as the first municipal green space in Berlin. It borders in the north on the Bötzowviertel in the district of Prenzlauer Berg.HistoryThe Friedrichshain is the first municipal park in Berlin. Based on an idea by Peter Joseph Lenné, the Berlin city council decided in 1840, on the occasion of Frederick II's jubilee on the throne, to build a recreational park for the densely populated eastern part of Berlin.Mid-19th century to 1945The design of the oldest part took place in 1846-1848 according to plans by Johann Heinrich Gustav Meyer. In 1848, the cemetery of the March Fallen was established in the park. The hospital in Friedrichshain was built in 1868-74 according to plans by Martin Gropius and Heino Schmieden. To compensate for the resulting loss of space, the park was expanded in 1874/75 by Meyer, by then the horticultural director of Berlin, to include the Neuer Hain.After twelve years of construction, one of the city's most beautiful fountains, the Märchenbrunnen, was completed in 1913. The architect was Ludwig Hoffmann, who had been Berlin's city architect for many years. The ten groups of figures based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm were created by the sculptor Ignatius Taschner, and numerous other sculptures were made by Josef Rauch and Georg Wrba.

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