The Winzerberg

Germany

Sanssouci’s vineyard Winzerberg was originally designed as an Italian-style landmark. It was completed in 1764 and was complemented by the plantation of vine and fruit-bearing trees.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, the layout of Winzerberg has been more or less unchanged.

When on December 12, 1990, palaces and parks of Potsdam and Berlin became part of the UNESCO World Heritage, Winzerberg as an integral part of the Sanssouci ensemble was included.

It is today owned by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG) which supervised a restoration project, initiated, planned, conducted and completed by Bauverein Winzerberg Potsdam, a small and independent non-profit-association. Between 2005 and 2018 and thanks to the work of thousands of helping hands, the vineyard was brought back to its original splendor. 

After a thorough restoration, historic grapes have been growing on the vineyard since 2012. The wine-growers hill opens its doors every year regularly during the Bacchus Hour for the citizens of Potsdam and its visitors. The site is used to host cultural events on a regular basis. In 2018, the initiative was honoured with the European Heritage Award/ Europa Nostra Award.

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