Babelsberg Palace

Castle and Garden Babelsberg, Photo: Jan Hoffmann
Castle and Garden Babelsberg, Photo: Jan Hoffmann
Castle and Garden Babelsberg, Photo: Jan Hoffmann
Flatowturm im Park von Babelsberg © TMB-Fotoarchiv/ Korall

Built in the English neo-Gothic style, Babelsberg Palace is located in Babelsberg Park on the banks of the Havel and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Babelsberg Palace and Park were built for Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and his wife Princess Augusta of Saxony-Weimar. It served the royal couple for more than 50 years as a summer residence. The first palace building from 1833 to 1835, which only had the size of a small cottage, was created by the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

In 1840 Prince Wilhelms duties of representation increased as he was appointed to the throne. As a result, the castle was extended by the architects Ludwig Persius and Johann Heinrich Strack at the client's request. Wilhelm and Augusta took an active part in the design and furnishing of their summer residence.
More than two decades later in 1862 King Wilhelm I. had a conversation with Bismarck which led to Bismarcks appointment to the Prussian Primeminister. The conversation took place on a bridge that is now called the Bismarck Bridge.

After World War II, the palace`s furniture was lost due to looting. From 1949 the palace was used as an academy for political and legal sciences. Later it became a university for film and television.

The facade of the palace and the terraces were extensively renovated in 2016 and now shine splendidly again. For the first time in more than 100 years, the water games around the castle can be enjoyed again. With its wonderful views, the park invites you to stroll and linger.

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