Neptune Fountain - Neptunbrunnen, Berlin
Fountain was designed by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, but it was not made for that time. Another architect Reinhold Begas finished the project in 1888. Firstly Neptune was located nearby Berlin city palace, but later, in and after Second World War it was moved from public eye.
It was again relocated to nowadays place in 1965 -1969. It is now one of the famous Berliners fountain, it was nice to see many people nearby, taking photos, having fun.
I can only regret for not visiting Berlin in the spring or summer season because this city is very photogenic. Certain spots, such as Neptunbrunnen is, require a clear day with plenty of sunshine for making perfect pics. Moreover, a fountain without water is quite something else, same as if equestrian monument was without a piedestal.
Revisiting Berlin in spring or summer season is a must.
This fountain has been standing in its current position in the Rathausvorplatz since 1969, however it was created by Reinhold Begas in 1891.
The focus of the fountain is Neptune, perched in the centre with his trident aloft. Surrounding him are four figures representing Germany's four great rivers. It's worth getting up close to the fountain to see the detail. There are lots of nautical motifs such as snails and fishing nets to see.
The fountain sits opposite the Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall), a huge town hall rebuilt following war damage in 1951-58. The building earns its name from the red brick that it is constructed with, brought to Berlin from the neighbouring state of Brandenburg. It is particularly nice to see this building illuminated at night.
Neptunbrunnen (the Neptune Fountain) was built in 1891 under the design of Reinhold Begas. It has Roman god Neptune in the center and four women around him, representing the four main rivers of Prussia: Rhine, Elbe, Oder and Vistula.
Originally the fountain used to stand at the Schlossplatz but was removed from there in 1951 when the Berliner Stadtschloss was demolished. After restaurations the fountain was moved in 1969 to the present location, between St. Mary's Church and the Rotes Rathaus.
The Neptunbrunnen or Neptune Fountain was built in 1891 to a design by Reinhold Begas. The Roman god Neptune is in the centre, seated in a large shell and surrounded by water nymphs who pour water into the shell to form the cascades. Around the edges four women represent the four main rivers of Prussia: the Rhine (with a fish net and vine leaves), the Weichsel (with wood), the Oder (with goat and skins), and the Elbe (with fruits and corn-cobs). In the water itself are various river creatures including a turtle, crocodile and serpent.
The fountain originally stood in the Schlossplatz but was removed in 1951 when the Berliner Stadtschloss (Berlin City Palace) there was demolished. It was restored and moved to its present location in 1969. It sits in some attractive gardens between the Marienkirche (see next tip) and Alexanderplatz. On the day we visited it was very hot and several people were taking advantage of its waters to cool off, as were a couple of dogs who were having a great time splashing around here (see photo 2).
One of the few redeeming features at Alexanderplatz is the Neptune Fountain. Four maidens surround Neptune representing four major rivers in Germany. The "thing to do" seemed to be to rub one of the maidens exposed breast. In fact, it was almost impossible to get a picture without someone fondling the statue.
Neptune Fuontain (Neptunbrunnen) is a Baroque style fountain right in the heart of Aledanderplatz. This beautiful bronze statuue is positioned on a small square. On top of the fountain a statue of Neptune, The Lord of Seas, is placed. Right below this, there are statues of four Goddesses, which represents four major rivers of Germany. The whole court of Lord Neptune including fishes, nets, lobsters etc are also depicted on this fountain. The statue was made in 1891 by the famous German sculptor Reinhold Begas (1831-1911). Today this fountain is a major tourist attraction.
The Neptunbrunnen or Neptune Fountain was created by Reinhold Begas and built between 1886 and 1891. The four female figures represent the four great rivers of Germany with Neptune holding court. It originally stood in front of the Berlin Castle and was moved to its present position in 1969. The fountain is 18m in diameter and 10m in height.
The Neptune Fountain was built in 1891 and is situated between the Red Town Hall and St Mary's Church. The four female figures sitting on the edge of the fountain reprepsent the four major rivers of Germany, The Elbe, The Oder, The Rhine and The Vistula.
This beatiful fountain is a work by Reinhold Begas and dates back from 1891. Under the surface of a mythologic iconography, the feminine statues of the fountain stand for the four main rivers in Germany: Rhin, Elba, Oder and Weichsel. It is located at the Rotes Rathaus square, very close to Alexanderplatz.
Esta bonita fuente es obra de Reinhold Begas y data de 1891. Bajo la superficie de una iconografia de tema mitologico, las figuras femeninas de la fuente representan los cuatro rios principales de Alemania: Rhin, Elba, Oder y Weichsel. Esta situada en la plaza del Ayuntamiento Rojo, muy cerca de Alexanderplatz.
Strolling through the windswept aquare between the TV Tower, the Town Hall and the Palast der Republik, you may unexpectedly strumble across an exquisite baroque fountain known as the Neptune Fountain. Built a hundred years ago and severely damaged during the WW II, it was removed from its original site close to the former Royal Palace, thoroughly restored and then re-erected at Alexanderplatz. Surrounded by faceless socialist archtitecture, the intricate fountain seems slightly out of place here, yet this simply adds to its fascination.
The Neptune Fountain is exceptionally beautiful - even with the water turned off.
It was designed in the 1880s by Reinhold Begas, and originally was located on the south wall of the old Berlin Schloss. It was moved to its present location - in front of the Fernsehturm - in 1969.
Inspired by Bernini's Neptune in Rome, Begas shows the water god surrounded by four lesser divinities, each representing one of Germany's great rivers at that time: the Rhine, the Elbe, the Oder, and the Vistula. (Germany no longer borders the Vistula - but it's still a beautiful fountain.)
Berlin's great medieval church, the Marienkirche, stands in the background.