Sanssouci Palace

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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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,178 reviews

What a day we had in Potsdam with Xavier. He was so enthusiastic and welcoming and knowledgeable about his history. We learned some very important historical events that spanned many eras. It was amazing that our guide could teach us so much history in one day and make it interesting. We could never have covered so much on our own. High marks for Xavier. One of the most welcoming guides we have ever had on a walking trip. Super job! We had an issue when asked to leave the train due to an accident on the tracks. Xavier asked us if we were comfortable walking over 30 minutes to the Bridge of Spies. It all worked out well even though it put quite a delay in our schedule. Xavier alleviated a rather complicated problem very smoothly. He didn’t get flustered which put everyone at ease We were impressed with how much was covered on the day out. Totally worth our time and energy. Our group of ten people was very flexible. which helped to make the day pleasant.

We had a wonderful time in Potsdam with Betty. She spoke marvelous English and had all kinds of interesting stories explaining the Prussian history and the what's and why's of the area palaces and gardens. Be ready to walk on this tour and to have fun listening to the comments!

Torsten the guide was experienced and gave us much info onPotsdam in a humourous way. I learned a lot from him. We were well met at at the start point

Smooth process, competent and interesting narrative style of the tour guide. Both the tour and the booking via getyourguide.de are highly recommended.

Excellent dual language tour, included on bus headphones and live on site guide. Our guide was very knowledgeable.