The Friedrichshagen Waterworks in Berlin was considered the largest and most modern of its kind in Europe when it was completed in 1888. Its various buildings are dispersed in a park-like setting on the bank of the Müggelsee. The principal engineer was the Englishman Henry Gill, and the buildings were designed in brick in the Gothic style characteristic of the Mark of Brandenburg by the architect Richard Schultze. Further buildings in a similar style were added in the 1920s.
The pumping houses resemble palaces with their principal elevations facing the lake. The three steam pumping engines worked until 1979, and one of them can still be rotated by an electric motor. The waterworks is now a museum that tells the complex story of how Berlin has been supplied with water over the centuries, showing how the Friedrichshagen works came to be built, and how it was affected by the separation of the water supply to East and West Berlin after the division of the city in 1949. One section entitled ‘From carts to sewage treatment works’, shows the development of sewage disposal in the city over 120 years. Some large artefacts relating to water supply, pumps, pipes and valves, are displayed in the park.
Near to the bank of the lake is a chapel-like building that accommodated siphon pipes that conveyed ground water to the waterworks. The museum holds the substantial archive of the Berlin water supply service.
|Recommended duration of visit:||2 Hours|
|Duration of a guided Tour:||90 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||For details see website|
November to March:
Friday - Sunday 11am-4pm
April to October:
Friday, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Guided tours: Friday - Sunday 1pm