Belvedere auf dem Pfingstberg


For splendid views over Potsdam and surrounds, ascend the spiralling wrought-iron staircases of this twin-towered palace, commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm IV and modelled on an Italian Renaissance-style villa. There's a small exhibit chronicling the history of the building and the 1801 Pomonatempel just below it. The latter was Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s very first architectural commission at age 19.

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