Embedded in the picturesque setting of Potsdam, the majestic Babelsberg Palace rises within the eponymous Park Babelsberg and unquestionably stands among the most outstanding attractions of Potsdam. With its impressive architecture, rich history, and as a witness to bygone royal splendor, Babelsberg Palace is a place of immense cultural and touristic significance. Experience a fascinating journey back to the 19th century and discover the beauty and historical wealth of this unique location, which captivates visitors from around the world year after year.
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Babelsberg Palace – Summer Residence in the Park
Originally built between 1833 and 1835 in a much more modest size by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the majestic Babelsberg Palace bears the distinctive imprint of English Neo-Gothic architecture and was conceived as a summer residence.
In the years 1844 to 1849, under the patronage of Wilhelm I, who became the Prussian king in 1861 and the German emperor in 1871, the palace underwent an impressive expansion by architects Ludwig Persius and Johann Heinrich Strack. The result was an imposing building with 99 rooms, characterized by lancet windows, pointed arches, polygonal turrets, and bay windows in the English Gothic style. Wilhelm and Augusta actively participated in the embellishment of their summer residence, leaving their personal touch.
Today, Babelsberg Palace, situated on the border of Berlin and Potsdam on the banks of the Havel, together with the park planned by Peter Joseph Lenné and perfected by Prince Pückler, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once used as a refuge by Kaiser Wilhelm I, it is now a sought-after destination for visitors from around the world.
The English Neo-Gothic architecture of Babelsberg Palace blends perfectly with the surrounding gardens and parks created by Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (later Kaiser Wilhelm I) and Princess Augusta of Saxony-Weimar. Within the park, you’ll also find “Pleasure Grounds,” English garden areas dedicated to enjoyment, which served as the royal couple’s summer residence for more than 50 years. The original palace, a modest cottage, was built between 1833 and 1835 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and forms the core of this fascinating historical ensemble.
Park Babelsberg 10, 14482 Potsdam
Open during special events.
1 Ticket – 11 Palaces: including admission to Sanssouci Palace