Fodor's Expert Review Dampfmaschinenhaus

City Center Building/Architectural Site

Friedrich Wilhelm IV modeled this building after a Turkish mosque, complete with a minaret, to serve as the palace waterworks building. About a ten-minute walk from Neuer Markt, the Dampfmaschinenhaus used a steam engine to transport water to a large fountain at the center of Sanssouci Park, about half a mile away. Although that fountain is now served by a modern pump system, this beautiful piece of architecture is still worth a visit for its intricate, Islamic-inspired designs decorating both interior and exterior.

Building/Architectural Site

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Breitestr. 28
Potsdam, Brandenburg  Germany


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Rate Includes: €3, May–Oct., weekends 10–6

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