Babelsberg Castle is just one in a series of magnificent Potsdam palaces. Although I thought there was no other castle that could come close to the splendor of Sanssouci Palace, maybe I was wrong. The architecture of Bebelsber Palace is equally impressive and the view from the terrace is magnificent. One of the most important events for this place happened in 1862. Then there was a debate between the Prussian King William I and Otto von Bismarck at the palace and park, which ended with Bismarck’s nomination for Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Prussia. Also, since 1990, Babelsberg Palace has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Architecture – English Gothic style
If you are interested in architecture, this is certainly one gem in Prussian history. The construction of the castle was in 2 stages and was designed in the English Gothic style. The first phase began construction in 1833 as the summer residence of Prince William – the later Kaiser William I. The architect of this part was Karl Friedrich Schinkel, one of the most famous German architects. In that first phase, a smaller part of the complex was built but Schinkel died in 1841. His work is taken over by architect Ludwig Persius.
Schinkel’s plans were in a distinctly Gothic style however Ludwig had to comply with the castle owner’s demands for many changes. However, Persuis also dies in 1845. Finally, the complex is completed by architect Johann Heinrich Strack. His architectural ideas were more suited to the client’s taste. After the west wing was completed, the second phase was finally completed in 1849. The final floor plan was S-shaped.
Park of Babelsberg Castle
The park and garden surrounding this palace are simply stunning. Some of the details that make it special are various sculptures, decorated flower beds, and a gothic fountain. The garden is designed in English style by Peter Joseph Lenné and Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau. Also, the view of the river and lake overlooking the Glienicki Bridge (a bridge also called the spy exchange bridge) is amazing. Definitely, landscape architecture is something that makes this area extremely romantic.
I recommend spending some time in the castle, where you can read about the development and challenges of creating gardens. All other information can be found at the links below.