Viktoria Park Berlin Reviews
Beautiful Summer Waterfall Trail to Summit with Superb City Views Aug 11, 2011
If it's summer and you are visiting Kreuzberg, it's well worth dropping by here, if only to climb the park trail which runs alongside the waterfall for the views that greet you when you get to the top. Note: the Waterfall is switched off in the autumn/winter.
The major landmark at the summit was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel as a national monument dedicated to the 'liberation battles' at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
Frankly, this kind of history says very little to me, but as a monument it's impressive and provides a superb walk- around viewing platform. The views you get from here in summer are fantastic, free of charge and well worth the uphill hike.
If like me, you are not super energetic, there are places you can rest along the trail and a mid-ascent bridge providing excellent viewing and photo-taking opportunities.
The park itself is ideal for pick-nicking, strolling or a spot of sunbathing, as there are big, wide meadows as well as some lovely shady trees.
Somewhere in the grounds there is a Beer Garden/Dance Bar called Golgatha, which I missed due to lack of time. Bugger!
At the foot of the Waterfall, as you take the winding path upwards, there is a monument stone telling a sad story of a rape victim from many years ago. It's in German and, if you can understand it, could spook you a bit, but I think you are fine here during the day. Would avoid lone walks here after sun-down though.
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