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Potsdam's Sanssouci: Top 5 features of the palace and park

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.

  • Sanssouci Palace

    1. Sanssouci Palace

    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.

  • New Palace

    2. New Palace

    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.

  • Picture Gallery

    3. Picture Gallery

    A passionate art collector, Frederick the Great built himself a private museum in Sanssouci. The lavish gallery houses masterworks by illustrious artists like Caravaggio.

  • 4. Neptune Grotto

    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.

  • The Tomb of Frederick the Great

    5. The Tomb of Frederick the Great

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Rent a bike

    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.

  • Budget travellers

    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.

Good to know

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Sanssouci Palace

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Martin war ein ausgezeichneter Segway Trainer: weder meine Frau noch meine Tochter haben so was bis jetzt gemacht, trotzdem hat alles prima geklappt. Und der Weg war nicht kurz! Ohne zu akademisch zu sein, hat Martin uns ein Stück der Geschichte der Gegend erzählt. Die Rundfahrt selbst war spannend. Einfach einwandfrei! Immer gerne!

The guide arrived on time, as agreed, we had sufficient time to explore the park, castles and the town of Potsdam. The commentary was professional

Very nice trip, good guide. We saw must have of Potsdam. We were german-english family, and we felt taken care of our guide.

Sebastian the guide was fantastic Made our day memorable. We shall return to Potsdam very soon for a longer stay.

Nadav is very knowledgeable guide. He knows the story behind of each of the castle.