Kreuzberg / Viktoriapark / Berlin
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Many believe that the Kreuzberg (mountain of the cross), is a mound of rubble that was piled up after the Second World War ended. But this is not true. It is actually the highest natural hill in Berlin. From the top you have a great view over parts of the city. Especially on warm summer evenings people are coming here with something to drink, to enjoy the sunset.
The hill is 66 meters high. On the highest point a war memorial was built to celebrate the victories against the troops of Napoleon. It was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The memorial is shaped like the tower of a gothic cathedral and is made of cast iron. On the top you can see an iron cross, after which the hill and the surrounding district is named.
The hill is located in Viktoriapark, a nice public park. On the northern slope a bizarre mountain scenery was created with a 24 meter high water slope. You can walk alongside this water slope to hike to the top of the hill. It is quite steep, so mind wearing comfortable shoes. Even though Berlin is a relatively safe city, you should not walk through this park alone at night.
Due to the beautiful view and the wonderful atmosphere, this is a place to see in Berlin.