Architect Richard Schultze and the English engineer Henry Gill built the Friedrichshagener waterworks in 1893. It is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is an exciting testimony to Berlin’s industrial culture. Visitors to the museum will be amazed by its unusual buildings.

Six engine houses of red brick and their turrets are more reminiscent of a monastery than urban facilities. The museum itself is located in a disused part of the system, a former powerhouse amongst several sand filters, outbuildings and tenements.

Its centrepiece is the original machine shop with an accumulation of huge wheels, tubes, boilers and pressure gauges as to be seen on the above photos.

In the year 2019 the actual water supply situation is quite challenging after the heavy and extreme drought in Europe of 2018 which has continued over the winter till now. The ground water levels tend to be very low not only in Eastern-Germany but also in Western-Poland – the same applies for the usually big river Oder at the border of both countries  The drought map of Germany hereunder with the many red and/or dark red areas shows very clearly the critical situation and dry path lying actually infront of us.

Drought monitor for Germany from end of June 2019 issued by Helmholtz Institute


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I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. Nature, history of ancient sites or creative works are fascinating me however also abandoned places or ordinary things can be just magical and amazing. The multiple aspects and rich diversity of our blue planet need to be however nourished and protected. Please be so kind to respect that all texts, graphics or photos in this blog are protected by copyright. Unless otherwise mentioned by naming the individuali author, creator, designer or photographer all copyrights hold by suburban tracks. This is moreover an AWARD FREE BLOG! Thank you in advance for appreciation and kind understanding. COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED IN GERMAN, FRENCH OR ENGLISH!

17 thoughts on “WATER FOR THE CITY”

    1. Well, it is really far away from the city center at Müggelsee, a recreational area of Berlin. During the annual “Day of City Nature” in 2019 it was part of the program so we had the chance of a guided tour thru the huge and amazing premises. Cheers @ Ulli 💦👍

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      1. You can also rent 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️ or just do birdwatching (all kind of birds in town) which requires anyhow a meditative attitude 🛌🛌 🛌🛌


  1. I dread to think what the drought map would look like for here, Ulli. Scorched, I should think! Thank you for your fascinating contribution. I love this building! One could tinker here for hours. 🙂 🙂
    The link here doesn’t work directly, which will account for lack of pingback, but I could pick this up easily from the sidebar so no worries. Many thanks!

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    1. These old places are always fascinating, although I personally find the abandoned and not so perfect ruins more interesting and full of unpredictable life. Now, I need some vacation from the virtual world, but I will be back on 1 August with a post about Arctic Canada which I will then backlink to your anticipative line. Happy travels whereever in the time being! 🥳


      1. I’ll be on the lookout for your link, Ulli. I like the ruined places best too. Enjoy your vacation. As for me, I’m not going anywhere until September. Summer is boring and too hot for me. I never feel like going anywhere! 🙂


      2. I will send you the link most probably from the Austrian mountains, we are again a bit late with organizing our summer-trip in search of a much cooler place ….


  2. The drought situation looks bad. Groundwater resources are declining across much of the world. Are there available and sufficient freshwater resources in the Süddeutschland which could be transported northwards?

    The museum looks to be in pristine condition like the workers were still there. Great pictures!

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    1. There are big water reservoirs in many parts of Germany, not only the South. But after more than one year of too little rain, the levels are falling also there. But drinking water available everywhere, although already partially challenging. Moreover in the last year the river Rhine could no longer be used by ships, very bad for commerce and industry, and this is likely to happen soon again and does not only concern Germany, as well France, Switzerland or the Netherlands. That is the problem of changing climate, it has multiple effects on many levels. Thanks for your kind remarks 🙂

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