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In the town of Potsdam, just outside Berlin, is the spectacular Sanssouci estate, the former summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Sanssouci Palace and its magnificent grounds offer myriad treasures to discover – here are the 5 highlights.
Built in 1745, Sanssouci Palace was designed in the playful Rococo style as per Frederick the Great's wishes, since he wanted the palace to be an escape from the pomp of Berlin.
The majestic New Palace was built in the more impressive baroque style so that it could be used to receive dignified guests. It's considered to be the last great Prussian palace.
A passionate art collector, Frederick the Great built himself a private museum in Sanssouci. The lavish gallery houses masterworks by illustrious artists like Caravaggio.
This gorgeous and ornately decorated grotto, featuring a statue of the Roman god Neptune and a giant sea shell made of real shells, served the sole purpose of adorning the garden.
Although Frederick the Great always stated that he wanted to be buried at Sanssouci, his wishes were not honored until the 205th anniversary of his death in 1991.
Sanssouci park is huge. Rather than tire yourself walking all day, why not rent a bike from one of the countless rental spots all over Potsdam? The park's large avenues are perfect for a leisurely and picturesque cycle.
The interiors of the different buildings in Sanssouci are absolutely worth visiting, especially for history buffs. However, if you're traveling on a tight budget, you can still have an amazing day out by simply visiting the park, which offers a bounty of delights wholly free of charge.
- When to visitOpen Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, closed Mondays. New Palace closed Tuesdays.
- What is the price?Adult tickets start at 19€ and continue upwards based on tours, ticket packages and transportation options.
- Will I need a guide?With so many historical facts to discover, and so much to see and do, a guide is definitely recommended!
- How to get thereTake the RE1 train, direction Brandenburg, to Charlottenhof and it's about a 10 minute walk.
- Additional tips
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. The park is large and you can spend a lot of the day wandering the beautiful paths.
What People Are Saying About Sanssouci
Duarte is a very responsible and funny guide. He explained a lot about Potsdam and I really recommend him.
I enjoyed the whole tour, the place was beautiful, it was of easy access, and the guide was vert nice, well informed, entertaining, and full of energy.
We enjoyed driving around the suburbs of Potsdam, and seeing the grand houses. Tour of Sanssouci was brief, but showed main features! Brief walk around the beautiful gardens.
Myb9 year old and I really enjoyed this tour. It had the princess castles for her and some historical overview for me. Informative and enjoyable. Thanks Patrick!
Highly recommend this tour to Frederick the Great's beautiful palace and garden, Sans Souci - 4 hours is the perfect time for a first visit to Potsdam, the tour provides an overview of the town itself by coach and a small group guided tour of the Palace - we hope to return and stay longer in Potsdam next time as we would like to explore the gardens in summer weather!