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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

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

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

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

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

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: Our Tips

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 to visit
    Open 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 there
    Take 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

It was perfect, and the guide was the best!!

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.
Potsdam: City Of Emperors 6-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Claudia, 10/19/2016

Brief insight into the main features of Potsdam and Sanssouci .

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.
Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam Reviewed by Sue, 09/12/2016

excellent tour and a great way to mix history, excercise and fun...

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!
Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour Reviewed by Fern, 05/30/2016

Relaxed & informative visit to the unique and lovely Sans Souci Palace

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!
Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam Reviewed by Sharon, 03/23/2016

Very impressive - fountain not working, but a great birthday treat !

For my wife's birthday, we went to Berlin (I was there as a student in 1962 but not since); four very full days, visiting most of the major tourist sites - Reichstag, Hackesche Hofe, Museumsinsel, Berliner Dom, Gedachtniskirche, Sans Souci Palace and Potsdam, Jewish Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, Jewish Museum, Alexanderplatz - and some wonderful meals at Entrecote Fred's, Galeries Lafayette, Hard Rock Café. Simply wonderful !
Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam Reviewed by Martin, 02/08/2016

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