The Viktoriapark in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district is quite a special sightseeing opportunity – for a number of different reasons. First of all: it’s an old park – and it’s a nice park indeed. And it’s an old park: the Viktoriapark first opened in 1894. And the hill, the Viktoriapark is built on, has given the neighborhood its name: Kreuzberg. Let’s begin with a brief look into Kreuzberg’s history.
Before 1821 the hill was known under the names Tempelhofer Berg (tempelhof Hill) or Runder Berg (Round Hill). In 1821 the monument, that you can still today find on top of the hill, was inaugurated – and the hill was then renamed after the cross that can be found on top of the monument. The monument was designed by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who was back then one of the most active architects of Berlin.
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