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Exhibition at Schloss Babelsberg

Potsdam, Babelsberg Palace and Park

April 29th 2017 to October 15th 2017

In 2017 Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, the “garden wizard” will be the focus of the Prussian Palace and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG) and the Research Center Sanssouci (RECS). The exhibition “Pückler. Babelsberg. The Park Enthusiast Prince and the Empress” will be shown from April 29th to October 15th 2017 in rooms of Babelsberg Palace that are yet unrestored and now being made accessible for the first time in several years. Visitors to the exhibition have the unique opportunity to encounter the garden artist Hermann von Pückler-Muskau in the midst of one of his most important creations.

For the first time in many decades, it is once again possible to experience the artificial waterworks in Babelsberg Park: Rushing waterfalls, quiet lakes with myriad coves and bubbling fountains animate this park not far from Glienicke Bridge, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin”. The decorated garden terraces, which the Prussian princely couple William and Augusta ordered built around Babelsberg Palace according to ideas stemming from the eccentric garden artist, shine in new splendor.

Inspired by his extended travels in England, where he visited many country houses, this “wizard”, as Princess Augusta referred to him, was able to realize his garden design inspirations in Babelsberg.

Parallel to the exhibition in the Palace, it is also possible to view the original Pückler park creation. Along with the Palace’s terrace and the lavishly blooming pleasure ground with its “Golden Rose Garden”, the stroll to the “Black Sea” with its placid water surface or the rushing “William Waterfall” with its artificial cliffs are also among the highlights of this pleasing promenade.