Modelled after an Italian Renaissance villa, the 300m-long Orangery Palace (1864) was the favourite building project of Friedrich Wilhelm IV – a passionate Italophile. Its highlight is the Raffaelsaal (Raphael Hall), which brims with 19th-century copies of the famous painter's masterpieces. The greenhouses are still used for storing potted plants in winter. Views from the tower are quite nice as well.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Potsdam attractions

1. Schloss & Park Sanssouci

0.19 MILES

This glorious park and palace ensemble is what happens when a king has good taste, plenty of cash and access to the finest architects and artists of the…

2. Park Sanssouci


Park Sanssouci is the oldest and most resplendent of Potsdam's many green patches. It's open from dawn til dusk year-round and is dotted with numerous…

3. Historische Mühle

0.27 MILES

This reconstructed 18th-century Dutch-style windmill contains exhibits about the history of the mill and mill technology, and offers a close-up look at…

4. Neue Kammern

0.27 MILES

The New Chambers, built by Knobelsdorff in 1748, were originally an orangery and later converted into a guest palace. The interior drips with rococo…

5. Chinesisches Haus

0.35 MILES

The 18th-century fad for the Far East is strongly reflected in the adorable Chinese House. The cloverleaf-shaped pavilion is among the park's most…

6. Schloss Sanssouci

0.38 MILES

Frederick the Great's famous summer palace, this rococo gem was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff in 1747 and sits daintily above vine-draped…

7. Belvedere auf dem Klausberg

0.46 MILES

Frederick the Great's final building project was this temple-like belvedere, modelled on Nero's palace in Rome. The panorama of park, lakes and Potsdam is…

8. Bildergalerie

0.49 MILES

The Picture Gallery shelters Frederick the Great's prized collection of Old Masters, including such pearls as Caravaggio's Doubting Thomas, Anthony van…