Babelsberg Palace

Emperor William I’s Summer Residence

Babelsberg Palace was built in 1833 as a summer residence for Crown Prince William – later Emperor William I. Karl Friedrich Schinkel drafted plans for a palace in a neo-Gothic style while drawing inspiration from English Tudor architecture.

The architects Ludwig Persius and Johann Heinrich Strack later modified Schinkel’s concept during the palace’s expansion. The original interior décor has been partially preserved, and also exhibits a predominantly neo-Gothic style.

Peter Joseph Lenné and Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau modeled the expansive Babelsberg Park on English landscape gardens.

Please note: Restoration works

Due to renovations of the interiors Babelsberg Palace is currently closed to visitors.
From May to November 2019, the palace will be open on special weekends for some special events, such as concerts and guided tours.


Babelsberg Palace
Park Babelsberg 10
D - 14482 Potsdam

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.

Timetable information at

From Potsdam Central Station
Bus Line 603 Direction Schloss Babelsberg to the stop: Schloss Babelsberg (on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays)

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

Map of the park with path recommended for persons with limited mobility and approved path for cyclists (Download PDF, 2,2MB)

Bicycle racks are available at the Rose stairs, at the Steam Engine House and at the Small Palace (restaurant). Please observe the general regulations of the usage of the park; bicycling is only permitted on designated routes.

Opening Hours

Babelsberg Palace is currently closed due to major renovations being carried out in the context of the “Master Plan.”

Contact & Booking

SPSG | Visitor's Information
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200

Jörg Kirschstein

Schloss Babelsberg
Park Babelsberg 10
14482 Potsdam
Tel.: 0331.96 94-249


In the surroundings you will find the following dining options:

Cafe Kleines Schloss Babelsberg