A century ago, Berlin's high society used to meet in the Tiergarten for evening drinks and canapés. Winter parties took place inside the voluptuous villas which were dotted around the leafy park. A solitary remnant of this glamorous epoch is the Villa von der Heydt, which is today the seat of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the foundation which supervises Berlin's museums. The Renaissance building is strongly reminiscent of the Palladian villas which enrich northern Italy. Indeed, it's a great shame that this is the only building of its kind that has survived. The buildings which were not destroyed by Allied bombers during the War were demolished by Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, to make way for the Führer's grand designs.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Nollendorfplatz: U1, U2, U4, U15