|Traffic Flows Above the Park|
Even in urban and gritty Berlin, I still find oases of greenery. The Luisenstadt Canal (1848-1852) and its central basin, the Engelbecken (Angel's Pool) are tucked away in a quiet section of Kreuzberg. The Luisenstadt Canal was originally designed to link the Landwehr Canal with the Spree River, but wars and economic downturns prevented the canal from ever achieving its original purpose. Between 1926-1932, the canal was transformed into a sunken garden, but following the Second World War sections of the garden were destroyed and filled in with rubble. In 1961, the Berlin Wall was constructed along its northern part and the gardens essentially abandoned. Following German unification, the gardens were reconstructed and returned to the 1928 design.
|The Rose Garden|
|The Canal That Now Serves as a Garden Path|
|View of Cafe am Engelbechen|