• Germany's news in English

Berlin may delay city palace reconstruction

DDP/The Local · 2 Jun 2010, 11:51

Published: 02 Jun 2010 11:51 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Construction of the elaborate €552 million palace, known as the Stadtschloss in German, was set to begin in 2011 and take several years, but government sources told daily Rheinische Post that this plan was now in doubt.

The original Baroque palace, a winter residence for Prussian royalty, was damaged during World War II and then demolished by the communist East German government in 1950.

The central Berlin lot, surrounded by some of the city’s most prominent landmarks, has been transformed into a pleasant interim park popular with locals. Nearby, the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, or "Temporary Art Hall Berlin," has been featuring art by contemporary Berlin-based artists.

According to a survey conducted by the Forsa Institute for Berlin daily Berliner Zeitung on Monday, a whopping 80 percent of Berliners believe the German government should scrap plans to rebuild the palace altogether due to budgetary belt-tightening.

Story continues below…

But on Wednesday, the Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs Peter Ramsauer, told broadcaster ZDF that the German parliament supported the project. He insisted construction would begin in the coming year and be completed in 2017.

Related links:

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

14:27 June 2, 2010 by majura
Berliner answer: Just make it a park, instead make it open at night time unlike Tempelhof so we can grill and get drunk 24/7!

Guido's/FDP answer: Get Hartz IV people to build it.

NPD answer: Those Greeks owe us money! They must pay, as we dress ourselves in loin cloths like the Egyptians did and whip our new Greek slaves into endless Arbeit!
15:42 June 2, 2010 by William Thirteen
one of the few positives to come out of the eurozone crisis....
16:41 June 2, 2010 by Henckel
I disagree. I think it should be rebuilt, for it is a symbol of Germany's lost past. Germany should stop being so apologetic for the past and begin building its future as the leading nation of the Eurozone. Grow Germany Grow!
17:00 June 2, 2010 by William Thirteen
do you live in Berlin Henckel?
19:01 June 2, 2010 by Celeon
There are two kinds of people that dont want to have it built.

1. The ones who dont like the price tag on it

2. The ones that are still angry that their beloved socialist eyesore with the high electricity bill was demolished.... Erich's Lampenladen :-D

I can understand group number 1, but put my tongue out towards number 2 with plenty of Schadenfreude :-D
20:34 June 2, 2010 by mexican.wav
turn it into a park.....priceless, so true!
01:45 June 3, 2010 by Prufrock2010
A dog park would be appropriate. Who wants to pay for this German Versailles?
04:08 June 3, 2010 by Thames
Of course anything built in Germany or even worse Prussia prior to 1948, after Germany was properly chastised should never be rebuilt.

Addtionally, since Prussia no longer exists why should the new tolerant Germany pay to build anything that these Prussian war mongers lived in.

Now if the peace loving Communists built it than that's another story.
11:25 June 3, 2010 by William Thirteen
there are certainly more than just two types of opponents to the fake Schloss. for example there are Berliners - me for instance - that feel that forcing the taxpayer to pay for this half-assed Disneyesque historical revisionism is a bit too much. It wasn't the Berliners that came up with the idea to put back the Schloss but Hamburg businessman Wilhelm von Boddien. Indeed, as this process has unfolded there have been more and more cutbacks to the design, to the point that last week the talk was about just erecting a concrete box and sometime "later" attaching the fake Schloss facades - of course this is after already leaving off the cupola of the original design.

If Berlin is supposed to be the capital of a resurgent Germany that needs some sort of architectonic phallic symbol - can't we at least get some sort of structure that reflects the city's historical trajectory rather than just obscures it with counterfeit traditionalism?
15:33 June 6, 2010 by JSG375
Rebuild it! It was a work of art-- maliciously destroyed.
Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd