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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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider 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 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

Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 1,545 reviews

Worth doing it but be careful of buildings opening days and hours

The tour in itself is a wonderful way to visit Potsdam. The guide (Matti in my case) holds a degree in history and he is very good at explaining important facts, people, kings & emperors, nice stories, trivias etc to enjoy the visit. This walking tour of 6 hour is perfect but does not include the guided visit to San Souci palace. This is written somewhere in the description but not so clear. Because of this, the tour normally ends at San Souci Palace so that you can visit it too. As the tour ends around 3 PM you have three yours and I think it is enough. But take care of opening days and hours by yourself before booking! On the day I booked there was a special event at San Souci that made all interesting palaces including San Souci Palace close at 2 PM and this made impossibile for us to visit them. Everybody expect to visit the castle so offering a tour that makes it impossibile without warning I think is not a good service, not worth of the high value of this guide tours.

Discover Potsdam Day Tour Reviewed by

Bi-lingual guide is friendly but did not speak English on the bus tour

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.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by

Would have been 5 star if the tour had been described better

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.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by

Good oversight but a bit more English would be better

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

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by

Great tour!! Ideal to get a broad overview!

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.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by

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