Replica of a marble statue of King Frederick II., built by Joseph Unger for Berlin's Siegesallee. The monument was erected in Sanssouci Park. © TMB-Fotoarchiv/Hirsch
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Prussian Heritage: palaces and manor houses

New Palace Frederick's apartment, Concert Room Potsdam, Sanssouci Park © SPSG / Leo Seidel
Rheinsberg Palace court © Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg GmbH/ Henry Mundt
Neuzelle monastery garden in summer © Tourismus-Information Neuzelle
Oranienburg Palace © town of Oranienburg, Finish Werbeagentur
Königs Wusterhausen Palace © Schloss Königs Wusterhausen
House of the Brandenburg-Prussian History - "Kutschstall", the royal carriage and horse stables of the former city palace © Hagel Immel
Cecilienhof Palace Potsdam © PTS/Böttcher
Old Market with the Church of St. Nicholas © TMB/Kolbmueller
10 SPSG Neues Palais Friedrichswohnung Konzertzimmer II F0012580 Leo Seidel 640
Schlosshof Rheinsberg
Ausflugsregion Schlaubetal - Klostergarten im Sommer
Schloss Oranienburg
Ausflugsregion: Dahme Seen - Schloss Königs Wusterhausen
HBPG-Kutschstall Hagen Immel
188-Cecileinhof PTS Boettcher

500 historic monuments to be discovered

The huge variety of historic palaces and gardens provide an impressive setting on each visit to Brandenburg. In and around Potsdam alone, visitors can marvel at 77 palaces and castles surrounded by wide landscape gardens. Since 1990, Potsdam's culture landscapes including Sanssouci Palace and Park have been declared part of the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage.
As a matter of fact, architectural witnesses to Brandenburg's history are scattered throughout the entire region: over 500 palaces, castles and mansions were built here, not to mention convents and monasteries dating from different periods and nestled in idyllic surroundings.
The Neuzelle Monastery near the Oder River, for example, is an impressive example of Baroque landscape architecture. The monastery is considered to be one of the few remaining examples of Cistercian architecture. The aristocracy sought delight in the rural country life leading to the construction of palaces, castles and manor houses adjacent to places where nature had formed particularly idyllic landscapes.
Today, the palaces of Rheinsberg and Paretz, Caputh and Oranienburg, for instance, are popular destinations for excursions. Visitors learn a great deal about the local history and find much time to unwind. Many cultural events take place in the palaces and gardens, enticing visitors to take a stroll along the splendid pathways. Brandenburg is famous for its remarkable landscape architecture.
The same famous landscape architects created sensational parks, among them Prince Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau, who created the “Schlosspark Branitz” near Cottbus with its impressive pyramids and which is considered one of the most famous landscape parks inspired by the English school of landscape architecture. Peter Joseph Lenné was not only involved in the landscaping of the “Neuer Garten” surrounding Cecilienhof Palace and Park Babelsberg in Potsdam; other examples of his art can be found throughout the State - from the royal palace to the country estate.
The palace grounds of Neuhardenberg in Märkisch-Oderland, for example, as weIl as Reckahn and Marquardt in the Havelland region, are small jewels of historic landscape architecture.
Lenné also adorned the small palaces of Petzow, Steinhöfel and Fürstlich Drehna with picturesque parks. These sculptured landscapes are an invitation to come here and discover the sites.
A multitude of palaces and castles have been reconstructed to suit the needs of modern convenient palace hotels, ideal for a romantic vacation with historic backdrop. Examples are the Neuhardenberg Palace, Steinhöfel or Boitzenburg.