The Berlin Academy is a unique building in Empire: Total War. It may only be constructed by Prussia. It must be constructed in their capital region.

Berlin Academy

In game picture of the Berlin Academy


The Academy is a gathering of the finest scientific and academic minds in Germany, uniting science and the humanities in one organisation.

While the Academy was a pet project of Prince Frederick III, the Elector of Brandenburg, he did not fund it from royal or state treasuries. Instead, he rather cleverly granted the academy a monopoly on producing and selling calendars in his domain, giving it a steady, but not substantial, income. When Frederick was crowned as "King in Prussia", the Academy was granted royal patronage.

Under Frederick the Great, a man normally regarded as a warrior-king, The Academy merged with Prussian Nouvelle Societe Litteraire (French being a primary language of literature and culture in the 18th Century) and the Royal Academy of Sciences. He also offered cash prizes as incentives to the members to investigate and solve the scientific conundrums of the day. The Academy had its own laboratories, an observatory, libraries, an operating theater (for public demonstrations of surgery), and gardens for plant specimens.


  • Level 4
  • 8 Turns to Build
  • 10000 Coin


  • Requires National Academy or equivalent
  • +3 Happiness (Lower Classes)
  • +3 Happiness (Nobility)
  • +3% to Technology Research Rate
  • Spawn Gentlemen. Maximum Number: +1
  • Enhances National Prestige
  • Constructed by Prussia as the highest Cultural Building in Berlin, Brandenburg

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