Contemplating the Appeal of Romantic Views
The palace and gardens of Sacrow lie on the banks of the Havel River across from Glienicke Park and the New Garden. The site completes the scenic circuit of royal garden properties surrounding Potsdam‘s lake called Jungfernsee.
Its extremely charming location was also why King Frederick William IV acquired Sacrow shortly after his accession to the throne in 1840. Built to plans by Ludwig Persius, the king soon had the Church of the Savior constructed on a piece of land jutting into the lake, and the landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné was given the commission to design the entire area. He created one of his famous panoramic, fan-shaped series of sightlines that afforded views spanning the garden side of Sacrow Palace to the Jägerhof hunting lodge and the Large Curiosity (Große Neugierde) pavilion in Glienicke, to the Flatow Tower in Babelsberg and the skyline of the city of Potsdam.
After a rather unspectacular century for the park, marked by many losses during the building of the Berlin Wall, restoration work on Sacrow‘s garden began in 1994. Since then, Lenné‘s masterfully laid out paths with their romantic views can be experienced once again. The monumental oak to the west of the palace is Potsdam’s oldest tree, with a meadow and fruit tree orchard that are over 100 years old directly beside it.
Sacrow Park is an important example of garden design. Please help us to maintain the park as a place of culture and recreation.