Group Offers Steam Engine Building (Mosque)
Open during special events
This house is open during special events.
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The Steam Engine Building on the Neustädter Havelbucht is at once the most charming and one of the most unusual buildings in Potsdam. Frederick William IV, the “Romantic on the throne,” had Ludwig Persius construct it “in the style of Turkish mosques with a minaret as a smokestack” from 1841–43.
The building, which at that time could still be seen from Sanssouci Palace, set a picturesque and architectural accent in Potsdam’s cultural landscape.The steam-driven engine in the “Mosque” (capable of 81.4 hp) went into operation for the first time in October 1842, letting a jet of water in the Great Fountain in front of Sanssouci Palace soar to an impressive height of 38 meters. August Borsig, who was still a young entrepreneur, had built for Prussia the most powerful machine of its time, allowing King Frederick William IV to compete with the technical supremacy of England.
Although water supply to the fountains in Sanssouci Park is now carried out by modern electric pumps, the “Mosque” allows visitors to marvel at technical ingenuity of the past that is still in use – a fascination shared by young and old alike.
We offer the following group tour:
- Steam Engine Building (Mosque)
Highlights of the guided tour: Pump station in the Moorish style, steam engine (1842), wooden water pipe system in Frederick the Great's era
Steam Engine Building (Mosque) [Dampfmaschinenhaus (Moschee)]
Breite Straße 28
Getting here and parking
Stop "Potsdam, Feuerbachstr."
Opening Hours for Groups
The tour is on request and subject to opening hours and availability.
Unfortunately, the exhibition rooms are not accessible for wheelchair users.
For conservation reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers in the exhibition rooms.
Guided Tours and Prices (Adults)
|Group tour||Steam Engine Building (Mosque)|
|Availability||only on request, reservation required, bookable every first Sunday of the month from May to October without special opening charge|
|Flat rate for groups|
75 € plus a special opening charge
|Group size||maximal 20|
Guided Tours and Prices (School groups/students)
|Group tour||Steam Engine Building|
|Availability||only on request, reservation required|
|Flat rate for groups|
|Group size||maximum 20|
General Terms and Conditions for Group Tourism
Plan your visit
Hop-on and hop-off the bus is possible close by the Steam Engine Building, parking spaces for cars and coaches at the parking lot "Am Bassin", but limited and subject to charge, at the Steam Engine Building cash desk for groups, wardrobes and lockers for groups not available
Please note: No luggage or baggage may be left in the entrance area of the palace for security and safety reasons.
Unfortunately, there are no facilities for storing larger pieces of luggage or similar baggage on the premises of this historical site. We appreciate your understanding.
A limited number of lockers are available for smaller pieces of baggage (up to 35 x 35 x 50 cm) in Glienicke Palace.
360 degree panorama
Inside the steam engine house
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