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The Klosterbergegarten is a park in the city of Magdeburg in the Buckau district and was the first public garden in Germany .


The park is located on the western bank of the Elbe and has an area of ​​11 hectares.


Monastery mountains

The Berge Monastery , from which the park owes its name, was located on the site of the park from approx. 970 to 1813 . After the monastery was destroyed by French troops, the city of Magdeburg acquired the land in front of the city gates in 1824 for 4,000 thaler. Mayor August Wilhelm Francke intended to create a public garden there at the suggestion of commander Gustav von Hacke .

The design for the park was designed by the Potsdam gardening director Peter Joseph Lenné . A social building designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel should be part of the complex .

Friedrich Wilhelms Garden

Historic entrance sign

Construction of the facility began in 1825 under the direction of Friedrich Wilhelm Wolff . The first Volksgarten in Germany was created.

Friedrich Wilhelm III. visited the park in the same year, whereupon the complex was named Friedrich-Wilhelms-Garten in 1826 .

Friedrich-Wilhelms-Garten, 1831, painting by Carl Hasenpflug

In June 1828 the construction of the society house designed by Schinkel began, albeit with modified plans. The handover took place in 1829. From October of that year the building was used as a restaurant.

As a result of the onset of industrialization, parts of the park were used for railway lines and roads. Of the original 33 hectares, the park will ultimately have 11 hectares.

A fish pond to the west of the Gesellschaftshaus was filled in in 1876. Extensive changes to the park design and renovations to the community center took place from 1880.

In 1896 the Gruson greenhouses were inaugurated. In the same year, the toilet block, now used as an exhibition building, was built on the Klosterbergegarten . At the society house, extensions were made (south) with the simultaneous demolition of a bandstand.


Path in the monastery mountain garden

In 1921 the park was renamed Klosterbergegarten . The Schinkel Hall of the Society House was designed in an expressionist manner by the painter Wilhelm Höpfner in 1922 .

In 1924, the staircase from the island pond of the Klosterbergegarten to the newly created southern bridge of the Friedrich-Ebert-Brücke , today's Sternbrücke , was built.

During the Second World War , the community center served as a hospital and accommodation for forced laborers . After 1945 it was first used as an officers' mess for the Soviet Army . In 1949 the GDR Ministry for Public Education took over the building.

Opening of the pioneer park, 1953

Pioneer park

On June 1, 1950, the Society House was re-inaugurated as a pioneer house. It now served as a place for various working groups of schoolchildren as part of the Thälmannpioniere organization . The park was renamed Pioneer Park .

In 1960 the island pond was filled in. In 1966 a traffic garden was created. Since 1971 the pioneer house has been called " Hermann Matern ".

The park was placed under monument protection in 1978 . In 1989, on Lenné's 200th birthday , a Lenné bust created by Heinrich Apel was erected.


Society House Magdeburg

In 1990 the park was renamed Klosterbergegarten again.

In 2002, a railway line that was no longer required through the park (municipal line) was dismantled. The Gesellschaftshaus has been the seat of the Telemann Center since April 2002 .

The park belongs to the Network Garden Dreams Saxony-Anhalt .

Extensive work on the reconstruction of the building began at the Gesellschaftshaus and was completed in 2005. The building's Schinkel Hall is used for concerts.


  • Robert Hesse, The parks of the city of Magdeburg , 1907, Magdeburg
  • Kloster Berge, Klosterbergegarten, Society House, Telemann Center - On the history, present and future of a Magdeburg area , report of the Scientific Colloquium on 29./30. August 2003 in Magdeburg, ed. by Carsten Lange, Halle 2004 (= contributions to regional and state culture in Saxony-Anhalt, issue 35).

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Coordinates: 52 ° 6 ′ 50 ″  N , 11 ° 37 ′ 59 ″  E