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Sanssouci Park in Potsdam

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Park Sanssouci, taken in September 2019

Sanssouci Palace is located in Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. The approximately 290 hectare Sanssouci Park with its many castles of different styles is one of the most beautiful park landscapes in Germany. It is not surprising that this particular creation of architecture and gardening attracts thousands of visitors every year. Here you will find information about the park and its sights.

Sanssouci Park in Potsdam | Garden art over many centuries

The park itself was created by Frederick the Great in 1744 and expanded and redesigned several times. Countless garden artists were involved. These include Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorf, Heinrich Christian Eckstein and Peter Joseph Lenné. But these are just a few.

The core of the park are

  • the regular Frederickian pleasure garden with the vineyard terraces (1744 to 1757) – west of the obelisk
  • the sentimental-landscape deer garden (1745-1763) – then west to the New Palace.

Attractions in Sanssouci Park

In addition to Sanssouci Palace, there are many other attractions and sights in the park. These include the New Palace, the Orangery, the Chinese Tea House, Charlottenhof Palace, the Church of Peace and of course the park itself.


New Palace in Sanssouci Park

The New Palace, the Fanfaronade, was built to mark the end of the Prussian Seven Years’ War between 1763 and 1769. Builder for Frederick the Great included Büring, Manger and Gontard. The beautiful Rococo building stands in the west and forms the end of the park. It was Friedrich’s last creation.

Further information on the New Palace is available here.


Orangery Castle in Sanssouci Park

The orangery was built by Persius by order of Friedrich Wilhelm IV. From 1851 to 1860. The Italian Renaissance is reflected in the 300 m long building.

Further information on the Orangery Castle can be found here.

Chinesisches Teehaus im Park Sanssouci

Chinese tea house, taken in August 2013

Chinese tea house

Frederick the Great had the small Chinese pavilion built near his summer palace Sanssouci. Life-size, gilded sandstone figures of Chinese musicians playing and dining are grouped around the Chinese tea house.

Schloss Charlottenhof im Park Sanssouci

Charlottenhof Palace, taken in September 2019

Charlottenhof Palace

Charlottenhof Palace, modeled on Italian country villas, is a classicist summer palace designed by Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV and his wife Elisabeth. It is closely related to landscaping. It was originally built by Johann Gottfried Büring from 1756 to 1758. Later, from 1826 to 1826, it was transformed into a castle by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Ludwig Persius.

Friedenskirche im Park Sanssouci

Church of Peace in Sanssouci Park, taken in April 2017

Church of Peace

The Church of Peace is located in the Marlygarten, right by the Green Grid. It was built on request and with the close participation of the artistically talented Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Based on plans by court architect Ludwig Persius. The Church of Peace is an expression of the deep religiousness of Friedrich Wilhelm IV.

Further information is available on our partner site Potsdam Sanssouci.

Guided tours and tickets

Discover the beautiful palace gardens of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam with our partner GetYourGuide.

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Potsdam: City and Palace TourExperience an entertaining city tour of the highlights of Potsdam and visit the fascinating castles Sanssouci, Cecilienhof and the New Palais. Stroll through the baroque old town and walk in the footsteps of "Old Fritz".GetYourGuide, Tickets
Potsdam: 1-day ticket for the hop-on / hop-off bus tourDiscover Potsdam at your own pace with a 1-day ticket for the hop-on / hop-off sightseeing bus. Hear interesting live commentary on the bus about the sights and hop on or hop off at any of the 12 stops.GetYourGuide, Tickets
Berlin WelcomeCard: discounts & public transport Berlin (zones ABC)Explore Berlin and Potsdam with the Berlin WelcomeCard for 48h, 72h, 4, 5 or 6 days. Use public transport in zones AB or ABC, get discounts of up to 50% from over 200 partners (also Sanssouci Palace) & use the pocket guide.GetYourGuide, Tickets
From Berlin: ticket & guided tour of Sanssouci Palace PotsdamExperience the Sanssouci Palace with its unique parks in the former residence city of Potsdam and enjoy the sight of imposing magnificent buildings and the incredibly beautiful Church of Peace.GetYourGuide, Tickets
From Berlin: Palaces & Gardens of Potsdam - bike tourPotsdam is Berlin's most popular destination for excursions and bike tours. Explore Prussian castles and Cold War sites in the green parks and quiet alleys. Discover the sights of Potsdam on this 6.5-hour tour from Berlin.GetYourGuide, Tickets
From Berlin: Guided private tour of Potsdam by carEnjoy a private tour of Potsdam with your personal guide. Experience the unique park landscape with the Sanssouci and Cecilienhof castles, the Dutch Quarter and the historic city center in the comfort of a private car.GetYourGuide, Tickets
Potsdam: Segway tour to the highlights of the cityDiscover the historical capital of Brandenburg on the Segway! Fantastic castles, gardens and monuments await you, all surrounded by water and greenery. You should not miss this!GetYourGuide, Tickets
Potsdam: private highlights tour in a vintage minibusDiscover the highlights of Potsdam on board the Russian "Buchanka" minibus with a local guide and driver. Visit the famous Babelsberg film studio, Sanssouci Park, Cecilienhof and Glienicke Bridge.GetYourGuide, Tickets

Other top sights in Potsdam and related tours and tickets are also available from our partner GetYourGuide.

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