The best entertainment awaits visitors at the four-day festival on the park stage, the festival meadow, the children's meadow at the teahouse and the meadow at the maypole. Music, shows, lively dance, handicrafts and a varied and attractive children's programme are on offer. On the children's meadow at the teahouse there are fairy tales, stories, puppet theatre, handicrafts, a trampoline and a children's railway. Culinary highlights from all over the world provide for the physical well-being, and one can enjoy a good drop in the wine village. Highlights are the big parade with the raising of the Maikrone and the ceremonial opening by the district mayor and patron of the flower festival, Mrs. Dagmar Pohle, on the park stage. The Queen of Flowers will also be present, as will the historical figures of Baron Hans-Herrmann von Rüxleben and Anna-Pauline Griebenow. Also the popular art market and the citizen mile invite again.
Surrounded by an idyllic and enchanted park, Schloss Biesdorf - freshly renovated since autumn 2016 and extended by one floor - offers art, culture, recreation and culinary delights.The new landmark in Berlin's cultural landscape is dedicated to the dialogue between international contemporary art and positions from the former GDR in changing exhibitions. Artists' talks, lectures and concerts are also held here.
Located in the east of the city and yet only 20 minutes from the city centre, the gallery in the Kunsthaus Schloss Biesdorf takes into account the special urban situation of the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district, between single-family housing estates and prefabricated buildings. It presents and supports art projects with a focus on urban space. The castle cooperates closely with external curators and the Beeskow Art Archive. The Beeskow Art Archive preserves around 23,000 GDR art objects from public buildings before 1989 from parties, mass organizations and state organs of the GDR.
History of the Villa
The late classicist villa, affectionately called the "castle", can be seen from afar thanks to its striking octagonal tower. The stately residence from 1868 has gone through an eventful history and is the oldest Berlin building designed by the architect Heino Schmieden. Schmieden and his congenial partner - the famous Martin Gropius - designed the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and numerous hospitals. Schloss Biesdorf is built on a former manor for the Baron von Rüxleben in the Italian villa style, is sold several times due to gambling debts and speculation of its owners, until the industrialist and inventor of electrical engineering Werner von Siemens takes over the castle. His son, Wilhelm von Siemens, had the palace park extended.
Park and architecture
The public park is designed in English style by the renowned landscape architect Alfred Brodersen with a pond, a historic ice cellar, winding paths, wide lawns and valuable old trees. Even protected songbirds and bats live here. There is also a tea pavilion and a reading garden in the park. Unique in Berlin is the façade design of the manor house in a historical building material, the romance cement mortar, which was dyed here in a red tone.