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Großer Tiergarten - Points of interest - Areas worth seeing in the park

Großfürstenplatz


"Großfürstenplatz" square with the "Tritonbrunnen" fountain, 2015; photo: Philipp Eder
"Großfürstenplatz" square with the "Tritonbrunnen" fountain, 2015   photo: Philipp Eder

To the west of Zeltenplatz the youngest brother of King Frederick II, Prince Ferdinand, had an open, semi-circular square created on the banks of the Spree. In order to commemorate the engagement of Grand Duke Paul, heir to the throne of Russia, to Princess Sophie Luise von Württemberg, celebrated here in July 1776, the square was renamed "Großfürstenplatz" (Grand Duke Square).

Four allegorical sandstone sculptures of the rivers Rhine, Elbe, Oder and Vistula, originally created between 1860 and 1870 for the construction of the Königsbrücke at Alexanderplatz, were erected at Großfürstenplatz in 1880 and later complemented by a marble Triton fountain in 1888.

The preservation and restoration of this ensemble began in 1987 and was completed in 2014 with the renovation of the restored and decorated Rhine, Oder, Vistula and Elbe sculptures.