Fivth Stop: Eisenspalterei/Family Garden

South of the Drahthammerschleuse lock (and the Schleusenkrug restaurant in the former lock operator’s house) is the ‘Eisenspalterei’ plant, founded in 1698 by the Huguenot Moise Aureillon. Its name refers to a plant in which rolled iron was cut for further processing.

The scholar Johann Joachim Bellermann noted in his 1829 travel guide that bathers would regularly come on foot and by wagon to the area due to its “romantic situation and various technical curiosities”.

In 2002 the site hosted Brandenburg’s second ‘Landesgartenschau’ horticultural show. This filled the industrial site – unused since 1992 – with new life. The iron-rolling mill, with its classical facades – built between 1816 and 1818 and modelled on English mills – was redeveloped. This is where the painter Carl Blechen found the subject for his painting The Neustadt-Eberswalde Rolling Mill in 1830. It was one of the earliest depictions of industry in German art history.

In the neighbouring new rolling mill (1895-1897), a large flywheel from a steam engine has been preserved. A pedal-boat ride through the mill’s underground channels offers an unforgettable experience. The iron hall west of Lichterfelder Straße was originally a prototype for an unsupported, easily expandable construction. It was built by the Borsigwerke company in Berlin-Moabit between 1847 and 1849. A model for many station concourses and factory and exhibition halls, it was dismantled in 1900 and moved to its current location on the Finow Canal.


Familiengarten Eberswalde (Eberswalde family garden)
Am alten Walzwerk 1, 16225 Eberswalde
Opening times: Apr–Oct open daily 10am–6pm
Admission: adults €4, concessions €2
Tel: (0 33 34) 38 49 10