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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

We love the walking tour perspective of Potsdam

We so enjoyed the tour, especially Georgia, our guide. With a graduate degree in German studies, she possessed deep knowledge of the history of Prussia and its rulers. She was great host who took good care of us.

From Berlin: Day Trip to Potsdam - City of Emperors Reviewed by Gerould, 05/10/2019

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 Richard, 07/22/2018

It was a great tour that was very informative.

Our tour guide, Matti, provided lots of interesting information and the day was well worth it. I would definitely recommend the tour to everyone!

Discover Potsdam Day Tour Reviewed by Scott, 06/12/2018

An informed and interesting overview of the history of Potsdam.

Our tour guide, Jess, was well-informed about Potsdam as the residence of Prussian royalty and an important historic site in the 20th Century. His discussion of historic figures and developments was vivid and entertaining.

Discover Potsdam Day Tour Reviewed by Peter, 06/01/2018

English version was thorough and seemed equal to the German coverage.

A good overview of the castles and gardens. Our guide (Thomas) was very helpful and tried hard to make sure everyone got the information and assistance they required.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Leon, 08/23/2017

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