Pückler. Babelsberg

Pückler. Babelsberg
The Park-Enthusiast Prince and the Empress

Special Exhibition, April 29 – October 15, 2017

Prince Pückler would be elated: After seven decades the manmade fountains and water scenery in Babelsberg Park can finally be enjoyed once again. Gushing waterfalls, quiet bay-lined lakes and splashing fountains liven up the park at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin". The decorative garden terraces, which the Prussian royal couple, Crown Prince William and Crown Princess Augusta, had built around Babelsberg Palace in keeping with the suggestion of the eccentric garden designer, have also been renovated and are now radiant and new.

This is reason enough to dedicate an exhibition at Babelsberg Palace to the landscape architect and garden designer Prince Pückler, set amidst one of his most important creations: From late April to mid-October 2017, Babelsberg Palace will open its still unrenovated interiors, affording visitors fascinating views through the large windows onto the restored terraces, Babelsberg Park and Potsdam's park landscape.

The exhibition grants exceptional insights into Prince Pückler's garden design bag of tricks. In his time Pückler (1785–1871) was known as a self-willed, mediatized prince, world traveler and writer. Today, he is being rediscovered as a landscape architect.

Inspired by his extended trips to England, the "magician", as Princess Augusta (1811–1890) called him, realized his concepts of garden design at Babelsberg. For the nobleman this "garden work" was also a welcome opportunity to strengthen his relationship to the future Prussian king and emperor, William I, and to position himself – at the expense of Potsdam's garden director Peter Joseph Lenné – as the leading Prussian landscape architect.

Parallel to the exhibition at the palace, Pückler's original creations in the park can be seen on a visit to the park grounds. In addition to the renovated terraces at Babelsberg Palace and the richly blooming pleasure ground with its "Golden Rose Garden," a stroll to the "Schwarzen Meer" (Black Sea) with its still water surface or to the cascading "Wilhelmwasserfall" (William's Waterfall) with a manmade crag leading to its apex is highly recommended.

29.04.2017 - 15.10.2017


Babelsberg Palace
Park Babelsberg 10
D - 14482 Potsdam
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Opening Hours

Valid 29.04.2017 - 15.10.2017
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Last admission: 5:30 p.m.

Due to the limited capacities in the exhibition, we recommend that you take advantage of the advance ticket sale online: tickets.spsg.de/index.php/exhibitions

How to Get There

By car
A limited number of parking spaces is available in the vicinity of the palace. We recommend that you visit us using public transportation.

From Potsdam Central Station
Bus Line 603 Direction Schloss Babelsberg to the stop: Schloss Babelsberg
or by water taxi from the harbor, docking at Babelsberg, round trip 7 € p. P. (password: "Pückler Ticket" when you purchase your ticket from the boatsman)

From the suburban railway Babelsberg station
Bus Line 616 Direction Griebnitzsee to the stop: Schloss Babelsberg
From the stop: Schloss Babelsberg or parking lot it is a ca. 600-meter walk to the Palace

Timetable information at www.vbb.de

Admission Prices

10 € / reduced rate 8 €

Due to the limited capacities in the exhibition, we recommend that you take advantage of the advance ticket sale. Online tickets with a set admission time available here: tickets.spsg.de/index.php/exhibitions

Families: 28 € (2 adults and up to 4 children) / 18 € (1 adult and up to 2 children)

Owners of an Annual Pass for all SPSG palaces are granted free admission to the exhibition (info: www.spsg.de/jahreskarte-schloesser).

Please note: The Combined Ticket sanssouci+ is NOT valid for this exhibition.


  • wheelchair access with assistance

Unfortunately, due to the unrestored state of the rooms in Babelsberg Palace, this exhibition is only accessible for persons with wheelchairs via a special entrance that is not always open. The access route has an incline of more than 6%. Kindly inform the cashier at the Palace of your arrival. From there someone will accompany you into the exhibition. If necessary, you will receive assistance. We appreciate your understanding!

Visitor Information

Phone: +49 (0)331.96 94-200
Email info(at)spsg.de

Group Offers

Guided tours through the exhibition at Babelsberg Palace and sections of the Babelsberg Park grounds
Duration: 2 hours
Maximum number for groups: 20 persons
Overall price for a group of adults 160 €
Extra lump-sum amount for more persons 85 € (up to 10 additional persons)
Overall price for school groups 122 €
Extra lump-sum amount for more school children 60 € (up to 10 additional persons)

Character Actor Tour "Out and About with Prince Pückler“
Prince Herrmann von Pückler-Muskau himself extends his very personal invitation to an entertaining stroll through the exhibition inside Babelsberg Palace and through sections of the Babelsberg Park grounds.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Maximum number for groups: 20 persons
Overall price for a group of adults 210 €

Due to the unrestored state of the rooms at Babelsberg Palace, we regret that this exhibition is not barrier-free.

All group offers are only available with advance reservations!

Contact & Booking:
E-Mail: gruppenservice(at)spsg.de
Phone + 49 (0) 331.96 94-222

Learn more about our group offers for the special exhibition "Pückler. Babelsberg" »

Sponsored by:
Supported by:
Verkehrsbetriebe Potsdam (ViP)
Weiße Flotte Potsdam (Wassertaxi)
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