Sanssouci Park in Potsdam

Park Sanssouci, Potsdam, Park, Sanssouci
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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Combined ticket sanssouci +
The combined ticket sanssouci + entitles you to a single visit to all * open palaces of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg in Potsdam, including Sanssouci Palace, on one day.
Single tickets are available on site and from the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.
Potsdam: City and Palace Tour
Experience an entertaining city tour to the highlights of Potsdam and visit the fascinating palaces of Sanssouci, Cecilienhof and the New Palais. Stroll through the baroque old town and walk in the footsteps of "Old Fritz".
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Potsdam: 1-day ticket for the hop-on / hop-off bus tour
Discover 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.
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Potsdam Palace Night in Sanssouci Park
One of the special highlights is the Potsdam Palace Night in Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. The two-day event every year attracts thousands of visitors to Potsdam.
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Bike tour through Potsdam
Get to know Potsdam on a guided 4.5-hour bike tour through the picturesque university town. Explore the beautiful palaces, parks and gardens. See the historic city center and the Dutch Quarter.
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From Berlin: Potsdam & Sanssouci - City of German Kings:
Explore one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Germany: Sanssouci Palace with its palaces and gardens. Hear exciting stories about how Germany and Prussia came into being. Admire the architecture in Potsdam.
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From Berlin: Palaces & Gardens of Potsdam - Bike Tour
Potsdam 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.
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From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English
Explore the former royal residence of the Prussian kings on a private 6-hour tour of Potsdam from Berlin. See the UNESCO World Heritage palaces and parks, and learn the city’s history from your guide. Go to the Marble Palace, Schloss Cecilienhof, and more
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From Berlin: Potsdam city tour of the emperors
The former capital of the Kingdom of Prussia, Potsdam's baroque parks and palaces, have received the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the city with a guide on this small-group tour by train from Berlin. Hear about emperors, kings, and World War II. Stroll through ornate streets and Sanssouci Park. and skip the long lines for Sanssouci Palace itself. Please note: Entrance fees and train tickets are at your own expense.
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Private half-day walking tour of Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace
Explore the former seat of the Prussian kings on this private half-day tour of Potsdam, including the magnificent Sanssouci Palace. Follow your guide through Potsdam's old town, stopping to snap photos of the Brandenburg Gate. Stroll through the opulent City Palace and admire the red brick buildings of the Dutch Quarter. Then admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sanssouci Palace and explore the palace gardens, the Chinese tea house, and the tomb of the Prussian King Frederick the Great.
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Potsdam & Berlin WelcomeCard:
Explore Berlin & Potsdam with the Potsdam & Berlin WelcomeCard for 48h, 72h, 4, 5 or 6 days. Use public transport in zones AB or ABC, get discounts of up to 50% with over 200 partners (including Sanssouci Palace +) & use the pocket-sized travel guide.
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Many more Tours and activities can be found at our partner GetYourGuide.
Tip: With GetYourGuide you can cancel booked activities up to 24 hours before the start and receive a full refund.

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