The prince of parks

Prince Pückler would be elated: After seven decades the man-made 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 park landscape of Berlin and Potsdam.

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 for the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG) 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 now until mid-October, Babelsberg Palace has opened 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 gives exceptional insights into Prince Pückler’s garden design bag of tricks.

In his time Pückler was known as a strong-willed prince, world traveller and writer.

Today, he is being rediscovered as a landscape architect.

Inspired by his extended trips to England, the magician, as Princess Augusta called him, realised 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 waters or to the cascading Wilhelmwasserfall (William’s Waterfall) with a manmade crag leading to its apex is highly recommended.

Pückler. Babelsberg – The Park-Enthusiast Prince and the Empress
  • Open until October 15, 2017

  • Open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm, Monday: Closed.

  • Admission: €10 / €8

  • Guided tours: Two-hour tours through the special exhibition for groups are available – advance reservations required. Email: gruppenservice@spsg.de or tel: 0331 96 94-222.

  • Due to the unrenovated condition of the interiors at Babelsberg Palace has no disabled access.

  • Address: Schloss Babelsberg, Park Babelsberg 10, 14482 Potsdam.

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