Sanssouci Palace - Potsdam


The Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, near Berlin, was built as the former summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Although Sanssouci is built in a more intimate Rococo style and far smaller than its French Baroque counterpart Versailles, the Palace is also outstanding for its numerous temples and sites in the park. I was intended to fulfil King Frederick's need for a private residence where he could relax away from the pomp and ceremony of the Berlin court.

This is underlined by the palace's name: a French phrase (sans souci) which translates loosely as 'without worries' or 'carefree' symbolising that the palace was a place for relaxation rather than a seat of power. The influence of King Frederick's personal taste in the design and decoration of the palace was so great that its style is characterised as 'Frederician Rococo', and his feelings for the palace were so strong that he conceived it as 'a place that would die with him'.

Following the German reunification in 1990, Frederick's final wish was accomplished: his body was finally returned to his beloved palace and buried in a tomb overlooking the Palace Gardens. Sanssouci and its extensive landscaped park became part of the World Heritage Site of Berlin and Potsdam Palaces and Castles in 1990 under the protection of UNESCO.

Additional Information
Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
  • Berlin Tegel Airport: 31km from the city centre; transfer time about 30 min
  • Currency: Euro
Where to stay

Romantik Hotel Am Jagertor

Located between the Sanssoci Palace and the historic Old Town of Potsdam, this hotel is ideal for those wishing to explore every attraction around the city centre. All of the local attractions are within easy reach of this stunning 4* hotel, with the outlook consisting of beautiful dutch style houses dating back to the 1700s.

Hotel Facilities Include:

  • Garden terrace
  • Bistro restaurant
  • Lobby bar
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Bike rentals

 

Hotel Bayrisches Haus

This beautiful, Bavarian style, log cabin is situated in the romantic Wildpark forest at the gates of Potsdam. Originally built by the Prussian King Frederick William for his wife Elisabeth, this stunning lodge is now an elegant hotel complete with an award-winning, gourmet restaurant.

Hotel Facilities Include:

  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Bike rentals
Attractions

Potsdam Harbour

Located in the very centre of Potsdam, is the city's harbour, bustling with moder passengers ships and steamboats. From here you can take your pick of boat tours from a round trip of the many castles, to a journey to Berlin.

 

Nauener Tor

Sitting adjacent to the Dutch Quarter is the impressive Nauener Tor. Surrounded by restaurants, and a popular meeting place for locals, there is always lots of activity to be found in the square. Explore the fresh produce of the weekly market, watch the world go by over lunch or simply admire the English neo-Gothic style architecture.

 

Belvedere on the Pfingstberg

A visit to the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg is like a little slice of Italy. Inspired by Frederick William IV 1850 trip to Rome, the castle is as imposing as it is impressive. As well as offering some of the best views in the city, there is also plenty of concerts and events taking place throughut the year at the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg.

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