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Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Palace Sanssouci
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Reference 532
UNESCO region Europe
Inscription history
Inscription 1990 (14th Session)
Extensions 1992; 1999
File:Gemälde Ansicht Glienicke.jpg
Aspect of Glienicke castle from Babelsberg, Carl Daniel Freydank, around 1838

Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin refers to a group of palace complexes and landscaped gardens found in Potsdam, and the German capital of Berlin. The term was used upon the designation of the cultural ensemble as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. It was recognized for the historic unity of its landscape—a unique example of landscape design against the background of monarchic ideas of the Prussian state and common efforts of emancipation.

Initially, the site encompassed 500 hectares, covering 150 construction projects, which spanned the years from 1730 to 1916. Two stages of extension to the World Heritage Site, in 1992 and 1999 led to the incorporation of a larger area. The Stiftung preußische Schlößer und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, which administers the site, puts the area at 2,064 hectare.

1990 designation

1992 extension

  • Heilandskirche (Church of the Redeemer), Sacrow (Potsdam)
  • Palace and Park of Sacrow, Potsdam

1999 extension

  • Lindenallee, Potsdam
  • Königliche Gärtnerlehranstalt (former gardeners' school) and the Kaiserbahnhof, Potsdam
  • Palace and Park of Lindstedt, Potsdam
  • Village of Bornstedt, church, cemetery and landscape north of Park Sanssouci, Potsdam
  • The Seekoppel (landscape area west of Ruinenberg (Mount of Ruins)), Potsdam
  • Voltaireweg (greenbelt and road between Park Sanssouci and Neuer Garten), Potsdam
  • Entrance area of Park Sanssouci, Potsdam
  • Alexandrowka log houses ("Russian colony"), Potsdam
  • The Pfingstberg and Belvedere auf dem Pfingstberg, Potsdam
  • An area between Pfingstberg and Neuer Garten, Potsdam
  • Southern shore of the Jungfernsee, Potsdam
  • Königswald (King's Forest, forests surrounding Palace and Park of Sacrow), Potsdam
  • Approaches to Babelsberg Park, Potsdam
  • Observatory in Babelsberg, Potsdam