"The swans contribute greatly to the beauty. They lend the stream regal splendor across its broad surface, and a lovelier frame of all these palaces and residences is hardly imaginable."
Theodor Fontane in 1873: "Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg. Bd. 3: Ost-Havelland"
The descriptions attest to the significance of the swans for estate gardens in the 19th century.
Ahead of you lies the largest and newest pond in Bendeleben Palace Park. It was constructed with a pond liner in the 1960s. As the map from 1724 shows, there was once a pond on this spot which disappeared over time as it became filled with silt. The New Palace, built by Wilhelm von Krause in 1860, is in the background. Today it is used as a nursing home.
Today the water surfaces not only give the New Palace an enchanting mirrored surface, but also offer water birds a valuable habitat. Let yourself be bewitched by the majestic swans, which have been popular guests in estate gardens for centuries. With a little bit of luck you might also discover the kingfisher here or even the short-eared owl. Unlike other owls, this rare species can be seen during the day and recognized by the noisy beating of its wings. Discover the animal species shown here in the water and throughout the park.