Harald Schuster Pieper, Leiter des Rheinpark, führt durch den Park
A guided tour with Harald Schuster-Pieper, the works manager - Rheinpark
The Rheinpark was created in 1957 for the fourth Bundesgartenschau (Federal Garden Excibition).
The uniqueness of the Bundesgartenschau in Cologne was the location next to the Rhine opposite the city centre.
The goal of the garden exhibition was to create a permanent park with many different aspects.
The lay out of the park should be modern in form and use of material. With these goals in mind a park was created with different areas that harmonized and merged with each other. By combining special features with panoramic viewsof the well-known buildings like the great Dome church on the other riverside, the park quickly became part of the city landscape.
The lay out of the park area as well as the building in it mark a clear breach with the more monumental ideas of gardenscaping of the previous era. This especially is shown by the park café and its surroundings. The striking buildind with the flowerbeds, the water basin with the curved water beams and the colourful plants form an exciting interplay of both form and colour.
The cable car was also build for the Bundesgartenschau of 1957 and still allowes one of the finest birdlike panoramic views of the park and the inner city. Due to the great success of the exhibition of 1957, the city of Cologne also waschosen to organize the Bundesgartenschau of 1971. For this the Rheinpark washardly altered and just improved by the creation of the play hills and the Mediterranean garden. In this way a unique and important piece of garden architecture of the fifties could be preserved and still retain its attraction as a public park.
Meetingpoint, Treffpunkt Am Mammutbaum
Leitung / Guide Harald Schuster-Pieper