Tour of Potsdam's Babelsberg Park, Potsdam (Self Guided)

Babelsberg Park is located in the Babelsberg district of Potsdam. This amazing park offers an exquisite ‘collection’ of Gothic buildings. The famous Babelsberg Palace and the surprisingly beautiful Engine Pump House can be found here. Take this tour to discover the most notable landmarks in Babelsberg Park.
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Tour of Potsdam's Babelsberg Park Map

Guide Name: Tour of Potsdam's Babelsberg Park
Guide Location: Germany » Potsdam (See other walking tours in Potsdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: nataly

1) Flatowturm

Flatowturm Tower was built in the Neo-Gothic architectural style in 1856. Flatowturn is 46 meters tall and was inspired by Eschenheimer Torturm, which is located in Frankfurt am Main. Unfortunately, after the bombing of Potsdam in 1945, most of the furniture and decorative elements were stolen or destroyed.

2) Matrosenhaus

Matrosenhaus is situated between the Havel River and Flatowturm Tower. The building was designed by famous architect Johann Heinrich Strack and was finished in 1842. It a great example of the Gothic architectural style and will definitely impress you.

3) Gerichtslaube

Gerichtslaube is a 13th-century pergola that was initially built in Berlin and was a part of the Old Town Hall. When the New Town Hall was built, it was decided to disassemble the pergola and transfer it to Babelsberg Park. The architect responsible for the transfer was Heinrich Strack. This two-story red brick building is a unique construction that seamlessly combines the new with the old.
Kleines Schloss

4) Kleines Schloss

Kleines Schloss, also known as Little Babelsberg Palace, is located in the most picturesque part of the park on the banks of the Havel River. It began as a simple structure and was later transformed into a palace. It was rebuilt in two stages, first in 1834 and then in 1842, by architect Ludwig Persius. The English Tudor-Gothic style of the building was requested by Princess Augusta. This beautiful white palace still retains it grandeur.
Babelsberg Palace

5) Babelsberg Palace (must see)

Babelsberg Palace (German: Schloss Babelsberg) lies in the eponymous park and quarter of Potsdam. 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. On 22 September 1862 in the palace and adjoining park the discussion between King William I and Bismarck took place that ended with the nomination of Bismarck as Minister President and Foreign Minister of Prussia.

The building, designed in the English Gothic 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. Babelsberg Palace is managed by the Berlin-Brandenburg Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens and is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site within the Potsdam ensemble. The architecture of Babelsberg Palace formed the template for the construction of Kittendorf Palace between 1848 and 1853 in the Mecklenburg district of Demmin by Schinkel's pupil, Friedrich Hitzig.

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6) Dampfmaschinenhaus

Dampfmaschinenhaus is a beautiful Engine Pump House built by famous architect Friedrich Ludwig Persius after he built Babelsberg Palace. In 1843 the first stone was laid, and by 1845 construction was complete. It was designed as a medieval castle with the towers meant to disguise all the technical attributes of an engine pump house.
Faculty of Law of The University of Potsdam

7) Faculty of Law of The University of Potsdam

Babelsberg Park houses the Faculty of Law of The University of Potsdam. It is located in the historic buildings situated behind the famous Babelsberg Palace near Dampfmaschinenhaus. These are relatively new structures, as they were built in 1950. They are surrounded by buildings that date back to the 19th century.
Astrophysical Institute Potsdam

8) Astrophysical Institute Potsdam

Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP) is a German research institute. It is the successor of the Berlin Observatory, founded in 1700, and of the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam (AOP), founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to explicitly emphasize the research area of astrophysics. The AIP was founded in 1992, as part of a re-structuring following German reunification. The key topics of the AIP are cosmic magnetic fields (magnetohydrodynamics) on various scales and extragalactic astrophysics. Astronomical and astrophysical fields studied at the AIP range from solar and stellar physics to stellar and galactic evolution to cosmology. The institute also develops research technology in the fields of spectroscopy and robotic telescopes. The institute is a partner of the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona; it has erected robotic telescopes in Tenerife and the Antarctic, and it develops astronomical instrumentation for large telescopes such as the VLT of the ESO.
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Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam

9) Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam

At the end of the 19th century the Berlin Observatory, originally built outside the border of the town, was enclosed by blocks of flats, so scientific observations were almost impossible. Therefore, Foerster proposed the removal of the observatory to a place outside Berlin with better observational conditions. In 1904 he appointed Karl Hermann Struve, former director of the observatory of Königsberg, as his successor to realize this project. After test observations by Paul Guthnick in the summer of 1906, a new site was found on a hill in the eastern part of the Royal Park of Babelsberg. In June 1911 the construction of a new observatory began in Babelsberg and on August 2, 1913, the removal from Berlin to Babelsberg was complete. When the 122 cm telescope (at this time the second largest in the world) was finished, Babelsberg Observatory was the best-equipped observatory in Europe.
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Walking Tours in Potsdam, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Potsdam

Create Your Own Walk in Potsdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Potsdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Potsdam's Neuer Garten

Tour of Potsdam's Neuer Garten

Neuer Garten (New Garden) was founded at the behest of Friedrich William II in 1787. It was "new" compared to the already established Sanssouci Park. This beautiful garden lies on more than 100 hectares of land and houses wonderful historic buildings. Take this tour to discover the famous architecture found in Potsdam's Neuer Garten.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Tour of Potsdam's Architecture

Tour of Potsdam's Architecture

Potsdam is considered one of the most beautiful cities in all of Germany. You can feel history in the air while you walk among the city's well preserved buildings. Most of the structures have been recently renovated and are ready to impress you with their grandeur and style. Take this tour to discover Potsdam's most architecturally stunning buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Cultural Tour of Potsdam

Cultural Tour of Potsdam

Potsdam is the capital of the Brandenburg Federal State of Germany and is a city with a rich cultural life. Explore the city's famous museums and art galleries, cinemas, concert halls and theaters, and enjoy an exhibition or performance by a German artist. Take this tour to discover the most interesting and notable cultural venues in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship

Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship

Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg State in Germany. It one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is the jewel of Germany. It is a city with a great history and world-renowned landmarks. Its churches and mosques are true architectural masterpieces. Take this tour to discover the most beautiful and distinctive places of worship in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Potsdam is practically an open-air museum. The number of monuments, sculptures and historic buildings on display is endless. Due to its important place in the history of Prussia, the city boasts a multitude of immortalized witnesses of that period in the form of statues, all very well preserved. Take this tour and discover Potsdam's most popular attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Nightlife Tour of Potsdam

Nightlife Tour of Potsdam

Potsdam offers a wide range of nightlife opportunities, and a great number of nightclubs and bars remain open until sunrise. The music styles may differ, but you will find the same friendly attitude everywhere you go. Take this tour to discover the most popular nightlife spots in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Potsdam for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Potsdam has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Potsdam, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.