Babelsberg Palace

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Babelsberg Palace
Schloss Babelsberg
Schloss Babelsberg 3.jpg
Babelsberg Palace
Babelsberg Palace is located in Berlin
Babelsberg Palace
Location in Berlin
General information
Type Palace
Architectural style Gothic revival
Town or city Potsdam
Country Germany
Coordinates 52°24′25″N 13°05′35″E / 52.407°N 13.093°E / 52.407; 13.093
Construction started 1835
Completed 1849
Client Prince (later Emperor)
William I
Owner Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
Design and construction
Architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Ludwig Persius
Johann Heinrich Strack
Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten

Babelsberg Palace (German: Schloss Babelsberg) lies in the eponymous park and quarter of Potsdam, the capital of the German state of Brandenburg, near Berlin. For over 50 years it was the summer residence of Prince William, later Emperor William I and his wife, Augusta of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.


The building, designed in the English Gothic revival style, was built in two phases over the period 1835–1849. The contract to plan the palace was given to the architects Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Ludwig Persius and Johann Heinrich Strack.

On 22 September 1862 in the palace and adjoining park the discussion between King William I of Prussia and Otto von Bismarck took place that ended with the nomination of Bismarck as Minister President and Foreign Minister of Prussia.

The architecture of Babelsberg Palace formed the template for the construction of Kittendorf Palace between 1848 and 1853 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, by Schinkel's pupil, Friedrich Hitzig.

World Heritage Site[edit]

Since 1990, Babelsberg Palace has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin". The palace is administered by the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg.

Since 2013, the palace has been undergoing an intense renovation of its facades and interiors.

The palace around 1900

See also[edit]


  • Amtlicher Führer der Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg: Park und Schloss Babelsberg. 3rd edition, 1999
  • Gert Streidt, Klaus Frahm: Potsdam. Die Schlösser und Gärten der Hohenzollern. Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Cologne, 1996. ISBN 3-89508-238-4
  • Georg Poensgen: Schloss Babelsberg. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin 1929.

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Coordinates: 52°24′28″N 13°05′36″E / 52.407639°N 13.093289°E / 52.407639; 13.093289