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  • Filmpark and Studio Babelsberg
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    Filmpark and Studio Babelsberg

    The Studio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. Founded in 1912, it covers an area of about 270,000 square feet. Hundreds of films, including Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel were filmed there. In 2012 Studio Babelsberg will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

    FILMPARK Babelsberg offers among other highlights a studio tour, rides, and a stunt show across the studio near Babelsberg - every year between Easter and Halloween.

    Admission: Adults 20 €, Concessions 16 €, Children 13 €.

    Hours: daily 10am - 6pm from April 1 - October 31.

    Today, Studio Babelsberg remains operational mainly for feature film productions. Furthermore, it acts as co-producer on international high budget productions.

  • Babelsberg Palace and Park
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    Babelsberg Palace and Park

    The view from the Babelsberg palace and park to the Tiefer See, the Jungfernsee lakes, the Havel river, and the famous Glienicker Brücke bridge is truly unique. Peter Joseph Lenné and Prince von Pückler-Muskau gave the park its romantic design. The focus of the park is the Babelsberg palace, which was the summer residence of Emperor Wilhelm I and his wife Augusta von Sachsen-Weimar for more than 50 years. In 1833, Wilhelm, while still the prince, ordered Karl Friedrich Schinkel to build this neo-gothic palace. Ludwig Persius took over the work when Schinkel died in 1841, and in 1845 Johann Heinrich Strack continued the construction of the palace. The ballroom with its ceiling as a star-bedecked heaven and the impressive views is especially attractive.

    Further stops on a walk through the Babelsberg park are the Kleine Schloss (Petite Palace) and the Dampfmaschinenhaus (steam-engine house) on the banks of the Havel river, the Flatowturm (Flatow tower), the Gerichtslaube (court pergola), the Marstall (royal stable), and the Matrosenhaus (mariner's home).

    Hours: Open April - October daily except Mondays, from 10am - 6pm.

    Admission (with tour): Adults 4 €, Concessions 3 €.

  • Exploratorium

    Exploratorium

    While visiting the Exploratorium Potsdam, prepare yourself for some real miracles. Science is a real-life experience here, being both tangible and understandable. The roughly 100 exhibits to touch and play with are not only fun, but also educational at the same time. And the best part? Visitors are active particpants in this spectacle. Ever wondered how a chocolate-covered cream cake explodes? Or how a water-jet transports light? Or even why an electric current makes your fingers prickle? The Exploratorium Potsdam answers these and many more questions around natural phenomena.

    This interactive world is a true adventure land, where exciting experiments await curious explorers. The Exploratium Potsdam is open to children, students, and families. Special seasonal topic areas are being developed for any time of the year in cooperation with scientists from Potsdam.

    Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 8:30am - 6pm. Friday 8:30am - 7pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 7.30 €, Concessions 5.80 €.

  • Marmorpalais - Marble Palace
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    Marmorpalais - Marble Palace

    The main building and the terrace of the Marble Palace in Potsdam's New Garden rise above the banks of a lake called the Heiliger See. Panoramic views of both the Havel River landscape that reach as far as Peacock Island, as well as into the spacious park complex itself, allow the visitor to experience this location's unique atmosphere even today. Frederick William II chose this space for the building of his summer residence (1787-93). In keeping with contemporary taste, the king had the palace built in the Neoclassical style by Carl von Gontard and Carl Gotthard Langhans. The palace and its gardens were reserved for the private life of the artistically inclined king.

    After 1881 the Marble Palace served as a residence for the later Emperor William (II) and his wife Auguste Victoria, and until the completion of Cecilienhof Palace in 1917, Crown Prince William and his family also lived here. The Grotto Hall, the Concert Hall and the living areas of the king are luxuriously furnished with marquetry, silk wall coverings, stuccowork, marble fireplaces, paintings and decorative arts. The valuable English Wedgwood ceramics are particularly noteworthy. Following its extensive restoration, the Marble Palace may be considered a jewel among the palaces in Potsdam.

    Hours: May - October: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm. (Tuesday - Friday only via a tour). November - April: Weekends and holidays 10am - 6pm, only with tour.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 4 €.

  • New Babelsberg
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    New Babelsberg

    A stroll through New Babelsberg reveals great architecture, glamour, and history in this exclusive residential quarter. At the end of the 19th century, it was rich Berliners seeking restfulness and nature beyond the metropolis who settled here along the banks of the Griebnitzsee lake. Their mansions were built by the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Hermann Muthesius, and other famous architects. A variety of styles of architecture from the turn of the 19th century and earlier eras are gathered together here. In the 1920s and 1930s, many film stars settled in the Neubabelsberg villas as they were so close to the Babelsberg film studios. This included, for example, Heinz Rühmann, Brigitte Horney, and Marika Rökk. The quarter was at the center of the world's attention in the summer of 1945, when the Allies' heads of state, Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin resided there. You can find more information about this by simply taking a guided weekend tour through Neubabelsberg.

  • Weberviertel - The Weavers’ Quarter
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    Weberviertel - The Weavers’ Quarter

    Romantic weavers' cottages and streets named Tuchmacher (Clothworker street), Garn (Yarn street), and Spindel (Spindle street) are reminiscent of the old weavers colony Nowawes. The colony was built upon request of Frederick II, and it was Bohemian Protestants, given assurance of religious freedom and no taxation, who settled here (today's Babelsberg) after 1750. The Weberplatz square, with the Friedenskirche (the Peace church) was and still is the center of this settlement. This house of God was built in 1752-53 from Johann Boumann's plans. The architect also designed the Holländischen Viertels - the Dutch Quarter. At one time, mulberry trees, which were used for the breeding of silkworms, were planted around the Weberplatz square and along the neighboring streets.

    In the Nowaweser Weberstube museum in Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, 23 documents are shown about the life and work of the weavers, and a history of the development of this quarter of the city up to the year 1930. The name Nowa ves can be translated as new village.

    Hours of Nowaweser Weberstube: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 4pm, and by appointment. Free entry, donations welcome.



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Potsdam-Babelsberg Overview

Babelsberg, officially Potsdam-Babelsberg is the largest district of the city of Potsdam (Potsdam vacation rentals | Potsdam travel guide), Germany. It is named after the small hill Babelsberg and famous for its traditional film industry.

The neighbourhood shares a direct border with Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide), there are some remains of the Berlin Wall left. Babelsberg is widely known as a European media centre with the Babelsberg Studios, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. It is also famous for its parks and castles which are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park Babelsberg surrounding the castle was planned and created by famous architects and garden-designers like Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Ludwig Persius, Peter Joseph Lenné and Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. There are two parts of the University of Potsdam in Babelsberg, one of them is situated in the Park Babelsberg.

Things to See in Potsdam-Babelsberg

Goethe Schule

Rathaus Babelsberg

Park Babelsberg

Truman Villa

Alte Neuendorfer Kirche, Friedrichskirche, Oberlinkirche, Kapelle Klein-Glienicke, St.-Antonius-Kirche

Fachwerkhäuser

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More about the History of Potsdam-Babelsberg

Babelsberg was first mentioned in the Landbuch (Landbook) in 1375 by Kaiser Karl IV as an independent settlement. The city has been shelled several times and was severely damaged during the Thirty Years' War. In 1939 Babelsberg was incorporated into Potsdam (Potsdam vacation rentals | Potsdam travel guide) and became the district Potsdam-Babelsberg. In the Nazi period several films were produced by UFA in the Babelsberg film studio. During the Potsdam Conference in 1945 Josef Stalin, Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill resided in mansions of Babelsberg. Because of the closeness to Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) and Potsdam, Babelsberg's history has much in common with its neighbours, notably the common history of Prussia, the Partition of Germany during the Cold War and German reunification. Babelsberg developed into an industrial centre during the industrial revolution. Textile production and railway manufacturing were situated in the city.

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Babelsberg, officially Potsdam-Babelsberg is the largest district of the city of Potsdam, Germany. It is named after the small hill Babelsberg and famous for its traditional film industry.

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