Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (German: Schlösser und Gärten von Potsdam und Berlin) are a group of palace complexes and extended landscape gardens located in the Havelland region around 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.

Palaces and Parks of
Potsdam and Berlin
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationBerlin, Brandenburg, Germany
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, iv
Inscription1990 (14th Session)
Extensions1992, 1999
Area2,064 ha (7.97 sq mi)[1]
Coordinates52°24′00″N 13°02′00″E
Location of Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin in Germany


Initially, the world heritage encompassed 500 hectares, covering 150 construction projects, which spanned the years from 1730 to 1916. Until the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, these areas were separated by the Berlin Wall, running between Potsdam and West Berlin, and several historic sites were destructed by 'death strip' border fortifications.

Two stages of extension to the World Heritage Site, in 1992 and 1999 led to the incorporation of a larger area. The Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation 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

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