Babelsberg Palace and Park
The view from the Babelsberg palace and park to the Tiefer See, the Jungfernsee lakes, the Havel river, and the famous Glienicker Brücke bridge is truly unique. Peter Joseph Lenné and Prince von Pückler-Muskau gave the park its romantic design.
The focus of the park is the Babelsberg palace, which was the summer residence of Emperor Wilhelm I and his wife Augusta von Sachsen-Weimar for more than 50 years. In 1833, Wilhelm, while still the prince, ordered Karl Friedrich Schinkel to build this neo-gothic palace. Ludwig Persius took over the work when Schinkel died in 1841, and in 1845 Johann Heinrich Strack continued the construction of the palace. The ballroom with its ceiling as a star-bedecked heaven and the impressive views is especially attractive.
Further stops on a walk through the Babelsberg park are the Kleine Schloss (Petite Palace) and the Dampfmaschinenhaus (steam-engine house) on the banks of the Havel river, the Flatowturm (Flatow tower), the Gerichtslaube (court pergola), the Marstall (royal stable), and the Matrosenhaus (mariner's home).