Where now the Flatow Tower stands enthroned on one of the many beautiful green hills of Babelsberg Park, once a Dutch wind and cutting mill did its work. The mill burnt down in 1848. On its ashes the 46 meter high Flatow Tower was erected and served as a look-out pint and guest apartment.
The tower surrounding star-shaped moat could be crossed over a drawbridge, which is no longer preserved. Heinrich Strack planned the neo-Gothic building in the style of the medieval tower of the Eschenheim Gate in Frankfurt Main. Emperor Wilhelm I. thus continued the tradition of erecting panoramic buildings at outstanding places.
The name of the tower comes from the manor Flatow in West Prussia which was owned by Wilhelm I. The manors profits were used to finance the building of the tower.
After World War II. the tower was strongly damaged and its restorations lasted until 1986.
During a visit of the tower you can expect partly originally equipped rooms, as well as a unique view. When looking outside, the park can be experienced in different views, which widen as the height of the stand increases. From the upper surrounding platform there are vistas to other outstanding buildings in Potsdam, such as the Belvedere Pfingstberg or the dome of the Marble Palace in the New Garden.