The garden at Villa Harteneck presents itself quite openly to the passer-by, protected only by a fence rather than hidden behind high walls. Its splendid layout, surrounded by low yew hedges, extends between the terrace and a pergola opposite.
The rectangular garden looks spacious, while still maintaining a sense of privacy. It contains an oval pool in the centre of the lawn, with a jetting fountain and a smaller fountain in front of the benches by the pergola. There are round flower beds, paths and two groups of seating at the side, one of which includes a lovely circular bench under the old limes. A landscaped section with pleasant paths stretches somewhat deeper and can be reached from Fontanestraße through an entrance between plots thirteen and seventeen.
The house and garden were designed by Adolf Wollenberg in the style of a classical Italian country residence for the merchant Carl Harteneck in 1911/12. In the nineteen-eighties, the Department for the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Monuments restored the overgrown garden and opened one of the loveliest villa gardens of Grunewald district to the public.
While access to the villa was not previously possible, it can now be visited thanks to the new occupier, Floristry and Decoration KG. Exquisite designer furniture, Italian garden accessories and tasteful knick-knacks are sold in the splendid ground-floor rooms and on the raised garden terrace, adding to the luxurious feel of this delightful house and garden.
Address: Douglasstr. 9, 14193 Berlin Hours of opening: Apr-Oct 10.00-19.00, Nov-Mar 8.00-18.00 Bus, Tube, Tram: S7 Grunewald; Bus M19, 186 Hagenplatz