When Prince Carl of Prussia bought Glienicke estate on the south-western edge of Berlin in 1824, he immediately envisaged an Italian-style idyll. In 1825 Karl Friedrich Schinkel set about converting the manor into a neo-classical mansion, while Peter Joseph Lenné drew up plans for an enchanting park – both to be set on the banks of the Havel where the river broadened out into a lake.

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