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

Venusbassin


Venusbassin, 2014; photo: Thomas LeBas / minigram
Venusbassin, 2014   photo: Thomas LeBas / minigram

The name "Venusbassin" (Venus pool) dates back to the baroque era, to the rectangular pool, originally created by the garden designer Knobelsdorff which was decorated at its southern end with a statue of Venus with Cupid.

"The goldfish pond in the Tiergarten", Painting by Philipp Hackert, 1760
"The goldfish pond in the Tiergarten",
Painting by Philipp Hackert, 1760
Image source: Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Only at the beginning of the 20th century did the statue of "Venus of Capua", which had been replaced by a zinc cast by Lenné who had also transformed the pool (later called the "Goldfish pond") into its now restored shape, have to give way to the "Musikerdenkmal" (Musician's Memorial) at the wish of Emperor William II.

In 2009, following the renaturation of the "Entlastungsstraße" bypass road which for over 40 years had led directly through the park, the "Venusbassin" was restored. As a reminiscence to the garden artist and landscape designer Peter Joseph Lenné, red flowering chestnut trees now frame the pool. With the "Venusbassin" and the "Musikerdenkmal" monument, which was fully restored a few years earlier, this part of the park located near to the main street "Straße des 17. Juni" has regained its authentic, rich appearance grown over centuries.