Friedrichsfelde Palace

Berlin, Germany

Friedrichsfelde Palace

The Friedrichsfelde Palace (German: Schloss Friedrichsfelde) is a Neoclassical-style building in the centre of the Tierpark Berlin in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde. It was property of various noble Prussians and occasionally owned by Prussian Kings. Currently, the palace offers exhibitions about its history and is a place for musical concerts.

Formerly constructed around 1695 by architect Johann Arnold Nering as Rosenfelde Palace, the building received its current name in 1699 since Frederick I of Prussia came into possession of the palace. In 1719, architect Martin Heinrich Böhme expanded the dimensions of the building on behalf of its new owner, Margrave Albert Frederick of Brandenburg-Schwedt, a half-brother of the late king. Thus, Friedrichsfelde Palace was equipped with new baroque stairs and the size of the facade was extended. In 1762, the building became property of Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia, the youngest brother of Frederick the Great. He intended to have the palace completely altered and enlarged. However, he discarded his plans for Friedrichsfelde Palace and instead used them for the construction of Bellevue Palace in the Tiergarten of Berlin. After moving there in 1786, he sold Friedrichsfelde Palace to the exiled Duke of Courland, Peter von Biron, who had the ballroom on the upper floor redesigned in neo-classical style. Sold several times in the course of the following decades, Friedrichsfelde Palace received its neoclassical appearance in 1800. In summer 1816, Carl of Treskow acquired the building and hired the Prussian landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné to transform the park of the palace into an English landscape garden.

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