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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 should I visit?
- Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, closed Mondays. New Palace closed Tuesdays.
- Is it expensive?
- 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 there
- Take the RE1 train, direction Brandenburg, to Charlottenhof and it's about a 10 minute walk.
- Additional information
- 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 Palace
Easy to find starting location. Bus left on time. Booked 10.30am on 8 Sep for an English guide so thought the he will be speaking English on the bus. However, he explained quite well during the walking tour of. Guide is friendly and showed interest to answer questions regarding the sites. English audio guide is fair but defnitely missing out on what the German audiences are laughing about. Total duration is slightly over 3 hours, inclusive of over an hour of walking. Will reconmend this tour.
This tour was described as a walking tour, but was actually a bus tour with a couple of stops and short walks at the stop. The guide Oliver was very personable and when required to give his talks his English was very proficient The majority of those on the tour were German and Oliver gave them a running commentary while the British had to listen to a pre-recorded guide. The meeting point was poorly described and required us to phone the tour company to find where it was.
The tour was a good insight into the main bits of Potsdam. We booked for an English speaking guide. It was on a double decker bus stopping at various points. The group was mostly German. On the bus we were given headphones which described all the sights which was fine. It was when we stopped at various sites the guide spent most of the time describing the sites in German and ran out of time for the English translation but when he got to it he was great
The Guide, Sam Z provided a lot of historical information about the palaces and was very helpful to recommend some other good places to visit after the tour. All in all, no doubt that is it a great service tour. on the other note, please check the weather before departure and highly recommended to bring umbrella/raincoat to prevent bad weather. (Unexpected heavy rain. Sam Z was so nice to let his umbrella to a family from India).
Our guide was very knowledgeable with great information. He also kept it entertaining and time went by fast. I personally recommend doing the tour early so that there is time afterwards to return to Sansouci's beautiful park for a walk and to the city center to check out some more of the various neighborhoods.