Lenné’s Masterpiece

First, Lenné encircled the Belvedere and the Temple of Pomona with generous circular, semicircular and rectangular sections of lawn and a semicircular arbor, which completed the second inner courtyard of the Belvedere. This represented a clever solution for the inclusion of the Temple of Pomona in its non-axial position to the Belvedere. The hill winds down in a large serpentine and at its foot is a geometrically-planted fruit meadow that acts as a transition to the buildings along the Große Weinmeisterstraße. Traversed by many sinuous paths, the park continues to stretch down to a small woods called the Mirbachwäldchen and from there into the New Garden. The numerous viewing axes through the dense tree population open views to Peacock Island, to the Casino and Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace and the Flatow Tower, as well as to the Heilig Geist Kirche (Church of the Holy Spirit), the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas’ Church) and the Potsdam city center.
Since 1995, the gardens have been fundamentally restored by the garden administration of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg.