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Sanssouci Palace

Explore the resplendent rooms and picturesque terraces of this Rococo-style palace, built as a summer house for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.

Walk in the footsteps of a revered king and military leader at Sanssouci Palace. Admire the palace’s lavish architecture, opulent interiors and art collection. Stroll around vineyards and orderly gardens, scattered with further architectural treasures. Fredrick the Great commissioned Sanssouci Palace in the 1740s as a summer retreat and a place to escape his official duties. Today it is the dominating feature of Sanssouci Park.

The palace is an elegant one-level building adorned with a central cupola and framed on either side by pavilions. It is often considered as a German counterpart to France’s Palace of Versailles. Decorating the south façade are arched windows, interspersed with atlas and caryatid sculptures, and an artistic balustrade. Note the name of the palace written in gilded letters below the cupola. The north façade is almost entirely enclosed by an 88-column colonnade.

Venture inside to get a glimpse of the regal chambers. Spot work by French artists, including Antoine Watteau and Jean-Baptiste Pater. Look for a bust of French author Voltaire, which honors his visits to the palace.

Back outside, gaze down the terraced vineyards that slope down from the palace’s south façade. Prior to building the palace, Frederick the Great planned to cultivate fruits such as grapes and figs. On the uppermost terrace is the tomb of the king.

Situated in Sanssouci Park, Sanssouci Palace is a 15-minute bus ride or a 30-minute walk from Potsdam’s old town. Parking is available on the north side of the park. While here, be sure to visit the park’s other attractions. Browse paintings by Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters at the Bildergalerie and copies of Raphael masterpieces at the Orangery Palace.

Sanssouci Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Entrance is limited and bound to schedule times. The admission fee includes either a guide tour or a self-guided audio tour. Some parts of the palace are accessible only during a guided tour. Arrive before midday in peak season to avoid long queues. Book in advance via the official website of Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg.


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Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam $100
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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.

    MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam $89
    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.

      Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam $105
      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.

        Hotel Villa Monte Vino $128
        Hotel Villa Monte Vino

        Hotel Villa Monte Vino

        Gregor-Mendel-Straße 27, Potsdam, BB
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Jägervorstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Sanssouci Park and Church of Peace are also within 10 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          Hotel am Luisenplatz $171
          Hotel am Luisenplatz

          Hotel am Luisenplatz

          Luisenplatz 5, Potsdam, BB
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Potsdam, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate and Church of Peace are also within 5 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 13 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 24 minutes.

            Mercure Hotel Potsdam City $74
            Mercure Hotel Potsdam City

            Mercure Hotel Potsdam City

            Lange Brucke, Potsdam, BB
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum Barberini, Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate, and Sanssouci Park. Sanssouci Palace and New Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Potsdam S-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Potsdam Central Station is 8 minutes.

              Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam $106
              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.

                Bed & Breakfast am Luisenplatz
                Bed & Breakfast am Luisenplatz

                Bed & Breakfast am Luisenplatz

                Zimmerstraße 1, Potsdam
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Potsdam, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate and Sanssouci Palace. Museum Barberini and New Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km). Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 13 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 24 minutes.