Babelsberg Palace

Potsdam, Germany

Babelsberg Palace lies in the eponymous park and quarter of Potsdam, the capital of the German state of Brandenburg. For over 50 years it was the summer residence of Prince William, later Emperor William I and his wife, Augusta of the House of Saxe-Weimar. On 22 September 1862 in the palace and adjoining park the discussion between King William I and Bismarck took place that ended with the nomination of Bismarck as Minister President and Foreign Minister of Prussia. The building, designed in the English Gothic style, was built in two phases over the period 1835–1849. The contract to plan the palace was given to the architects Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Ludwig Persius and Johann Heinrich Strack.

Babelsberg Palace is managed by the Berlin-Brandenburg Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens (Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg) and is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site within the Potsdam ensemble. The architecture of Babelsberg Palace formed the template for the construction of Kittendorf Palace between 1848 and 1853 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, by Schinkel's pupil, Friedrich Hitzig.

Since 2013, the Palace is undergoing an intense renovation of its facades and interiors.

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Founded: 1835-1849
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)

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Andreas Ludwig (14 months ago)
Great lookout tower in lovely Park Babelsberg. One of many sights that youi can spot while strolling through the park.
om_kodi arasan (15 months ago)
Beautiful and amazing place.
Stefano Mione (19 months ago)
Spirituality of high ideals transformed in materiality !
Maya Sari (2 years ago)
I didn’t come in to the tower. But the building is old but also nice. There was not so many people visit Babelsberg. If you visit Potsdam, it’s a must to visit Babelsberg !!
Norman Rohr (2 years ago)
Best to see during sunrise or sunset. This tower sits atop a small Hill and just looks a bit like 'where is Rapunzel?'
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