Peter Joseph Lenné and Karl Friedrich Schinkel did an excellent job of turning Babelsberg Palace and Park – the summer residence of Emperor Wilhelm I – into an impressive eastern boundary to the Potsdam cultural landscape.
Started by Peter Joseph Lenné, the park extends over several hills. From 1843 onwards, Hermann Fürst Pückler-Muskau continued the planning of the landscape garden based on Lenné's system of paths. Aquatic features are integrated into the park: these were reconstructed in 2016. In total there are five fountains, three waterfalls, a stream with a fountain, the Wilhelmbecken basin and the so-called “Schwarzes Meer” (“Black Sea”). The park is dominated by Flatow Tower, which was built in the middle of the 19th century and is modelled on Eschenheimer Tor in Frankfurt am Main. From the park you have a wonderful view of Glienicke Palace Park and Glienicke Bridge, which became famous as place where spies from the east and west were exchanged.
Babelsberg Palace is currently only accessible for special events due to renovation work on the interior.
The park is open all year round from 8 a.m. until dark. The entry to the park is free but there is the possibility to pay 2,00€ if you would like to. This fee will be used as a donation for maintaining the park and plants as well as offering information broschures. You can donate the money to the park advisors.
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