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Park at lake Groß Glienicke in Berlin
Park at lake Groß Glienicke © visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

Gutspark Groß Glienicke

An aristocratic past under tall trees

What is now known as the Gutspark at Groß Glienicker See appears in mediaeval sources as a knight’s estate, and was the home of various aristocratic families in the following centuries. It’s a glorious place to take a stroll and immerse yourself in times past. Between ancient trees in the eastern part of the park is the semicircular family tomb of the von Wollanks, with a colonnade of eight tall pillars, an inscription and a coat of arms. Not far away is a stone ruin with a tower and a stone-walled well.
On a large meadow in the western part of the park stands an old section of the Berlin wall, a reminder of the inner-German border that ran right through the middle of Groß Glienicker See. When you walk alongside the lake and discover the remnants of the border fortifications, you are automatically reminded of Germany’s divided past. A long section of the path that used to run alongside the wall is preserved here. Where a few decades ago East German border guards patrolled the banks of the lake, many waterfowl now nest.

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