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New Palace

In sprawling Sanssouci Park is a great Prussian Baroque palace with richly decorated halls, theaters and a marine-themed stateroom.

Wander the majestic halls and ornate staterooms of the New Palace (Neues Palais), a magnificent royal residence in Potsdam’s Sanssouci Park. The construction of the palace began in 1763 as a celebration of the end of the Seven Years’ War. Frederick the Great ordered the palace’s design to represent Prussia’s power and glory through the lavish use of marble, stone and gilt. Stroll around the palace grounds admiring the building’s grand façade and enter the complex to see its opulent interiors.

The palace’s exterior is designed in the Baroque and Rococo styles, incorporating rich materials into its structure and ornamentation. The three-story building is topped with an enormous dome in its center. A copper statue of the Three Graces upholding the Prussian royal crown stands on top of the dome. Spot some of the 400 sandstone statues that adorn the palace and its auxiliary buildings.

Enter the palace to see its stunning interiors. Many of the building’s furnishings and treasures were sent to the Netherlands during the world wars. Returned only after the 1970s, these interior decorations are beautifully preserved and appear much as they did in the early 20th century. See the marine-themed Grotto Hall, the walls of which are wreathed with shells, marble ornaments, quartz and other glittering minerals. Look down to spy depictions of marine animals in the marble floor and gaze up to see the ceiling painting and cut-crystal chandeliers.

Explore the vast Marble Hall, a brightly lit ballroom with gleaming stonemasonry and gilt ceiling. See stunning paintings on the walls and ceiling of this room. Go to the Upper Gallery to see neoclassical ornamentation and Italian Baroque paintings. The palace’s breathtaking theater is still in use today and features red, white and gold Rococo elements.

The New Palace lies at the western end of Sanssouci Park. It is easily accessible by bus and tram from Potsdam’s main train station. Sanssouci Park is open during daylight hours and is free to enter. The palace has an admission fee and is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.


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Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam $110
Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam

Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam

Jaegerallee 20, Potsdam, BB
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jägervorstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Alexandrowka and Jan-Bouman-Haus are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 29 minutes by foot.

    Wyndham Garden Potsdam $65
    Wyndham Garden Potsdam

    Wyndham Garden Potsdam

    Forststr. 80, Potsdam, BB
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Potsdam West, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Charlottenhof Palace and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Sanssouci Palace. Havel and New Palace are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 11 minutes by foot and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 22 minutes.

      Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam $101
      Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam

      Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam

      Zeppelinstr. 136, Potsdam, BB
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Potsdam West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Charlottenhof Palace and Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate are also within 1 mi (2 km). Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is only a 3-minute walk and Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 24 minutes.

        Schlossgarten Hotel am Park Sanssouci
        Schlossgarten Hotel am Park Sanssouci

        Schlossgarten Hotel am Park Sanssouci

        Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 41a, Potsdam, Brandenburg
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Potsdam West, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Charlottenhof Palace and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Sanssouci Palace. Havel and New Palace are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 9 minutes by foot and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 16 minutes.

          MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam $88
          MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam

          MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam

          Allee nach Sanssouci 1, Potsdam, BB
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Potsdam, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sanssouci Park and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam Harbour and Park Babelsberg are also within 3 mi (5 km). Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 14 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 25 minutes.

            Quartier Hostel Potsdam
            Quartier Hostel Potsdam

            Quartier Hostel Potsdam

            Ribbeckstraße 41, Potsdam, BB
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bornstedt, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Bornstedt Royal Estate and University of Potsdam Botanical Garden. Orangery Palace and Sanssouci Palace are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 28 minutes by foot and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 29 minutes.

              Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam $103
              Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam

              Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam

              Brandenburger Str. 1, Potsdam, BB
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dutch Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate and Sanssouci Park are also within 10 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 14 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 23 minutes.

                Apartment "Am Park Sanssouci" Potsdam
                Apartment "Am Park Sanssouci" Potsdam

                Apartment "Am Park Sanssouci" Potsdam

                Potsdam, Brandenburg Region
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bornstedt, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Bornstedter Friedhof and Bornstedt Royal Estate are also within 10 minutes.