Babelsberg Park

A Landscape Park with Rich Vistas

Babelsberg palace park is picturesquely located on the banks of the Havel River, which grants visitors spectacular views of Glienicke Bridge and the palace grounds of Glienicke Park directly across the water. The creation of the grounds began in 1833, commissioned by Crown Prince William (later Emperor William I) and his wife Augusta, and owes its design to two important landscape architects: Peter Joseph Lenné and Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau.

Richly decorated garden terraces enhance the surroundings of the neo-Gothic Babelsberg Palace, which is adjoined by a pleasure ground with ornamental shrubs, flower gardens and fountains. New vistas of the Havel River landscape and the silhouette of the city of Potsdam open up along the numerous footpaths in the park. An artificial water system irrigates the plants and artificial lakes, waterfalls and streams in the park.

Babelsberg‘s diverse monuments are not just charming sights to be enjoyed while strolling taking a stroll through the park. They also focus on William‘s military successes as a Prussian prince, king and emperor. Thus, the victory column, a sign of Prussia‘s victorious hegemony, was erected on the highest point of the Babelsberg grounds. From this spot, the emperor and his German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, may have enjoyed the fascinating panorama across the old royal seat of Potsdam. In addition to its high artistic importance in terms of garden design, these monuments also distinguish Babelsberg Park as a commemorative landscape for the time between the years of revolution in 1848–49 and the unification of Germany into one nation in 1871.

Located at the heart of what has become a UNESCO World Heritage site, the park has been recognized as an historic garden since the 1960s. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the area around the northern bank, which had been heavily damaged by border fortifications, could be restored. Babelsberg Palace is currently undergoing major renovations.

Babelsberg Park is a world-renowned example of garden design. Please help us to maintain the park as a place of culture and recreation.

Address

Babelsberg Park
Schlosspark Babelsberg
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 www.vbb.de

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

Year-round, daily, 8 am until dusk

Valid 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017
Monday - Sunday: all day open

Admission Prices / Group Offers

Free entrance

Price: 0.00 €

2015 Parks & Gardens Annual Pass (Voluntary Park Admission)

Voluntary contribution to support the preservation and maintenance of the garden grounds.
Includes 1× free admission to each of three towers: the Norman Tower and Belvedere on Klausberg in Sanssouci Park, as well as Flatow Tower in Babelsberg Park. Valid for the 2015 calendar year.

On sale from the visitors’ assistants in the park, at visitor centers and at selected palace registers.

Price: 2.00 €

2016 Annual Pass for Parks & Gardens (Voluntary Park Admission)

Voluntary contribution to support the preservation and maintenance of the garden grounds.
Includes 1 × free admission to Glienicke Palace as well as to Flatow Tower in Babelsberg Park. Valid for the 2016 calendar year. On sale from the visitors' assistants in the park, at visitor centers and at selected palace registers.
On sale from the visitors’ assistants in the park, at visitor centers and at selected palace registers.

Price: 12.00 €

Contact & Booking

SPSG | Visitor's Information
info(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Group Service
Postfach 60 14 62
14414 Potsdam, Germany
gruppenservice(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-222
Fax: +49 (0) 331.96 94-107

Accessibility

  • wheelchair access with assistance

Dining

In the surroundings you will find the following dining options:

Kleines Schloss – Cafe & Eventlocation im Park Babelsberg