A walk in the park
There are three royal gardens in Potsdam – Sanssouci, the New Garden and Babelsberg – all of them with their own charm and history behind it. Different eras, ideas, artists and princes stand behind these masterpieces, that are all part of the World Cultural Heritage and it is hard to select the one to visit.
A palace on top of a vineyard made Potsdam famous in the world, but the huge surrounding park has a whole lot more to offer. On our tour we discover not only the Rococo-creation of Frederick the Great, like the New Palace or the Chinese tea lodge, but also the landscape park in the English style with Charlottenhof Palace, the Roman baths and the big orangery – all matters of prestige for Frederick William IV.
The successor of Frederick the Great had another taste, so a new garden had to be brought into being. With Frederick William II. neo-classicism became the style of the Prussian court for the following decades. The park on the shore of the Holy Lake ist decorated with exotic architecture. German history was coined here in the Cecilienhof palace, when Stalin, Truman and Churchill decided over Germany´s fate after the war in 1945. Between 1961 and 1989 the Berlin Wall crossed the park.
Two of the most influential landscape designer of the 19th century – Peter Joseph Lenné and later the Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau – created a medieval dream. Towers, battlementsand gothic architecture made of bricks dominate the hill. You can relax under old trees on the wide hill and enjoy the magnificent lines of sights to distant premises.
Duration: about 3 h