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 palaces and outbuildings. Admission to the park is free, but there are machines by the entrances where you can make a voluntary donation of €2 for upkeep.

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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. Orangerieschloss


Modelled after an Italian Renaissance villa, the 300m-long Orangery Palace (1864) was the favourite building project of Friedrich Wilhelm IV – a…

3. Chinesisches Haus

0.26 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…

4. Römische Bäder

0.36 MILES

Karl Friedrich Schinkel, aided by his student Ludwig Persius, dreamed up the so-called Roman Baths in Park Charlottenhof. Despite the name, it's actually…

5. Neue Kammern

0.36 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…

6. Historische Mühle

0.37 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…

7. Park Charlottenhof

0.42 MILES

Laid out by Peter Lenné for Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Park Charlottenhof segues imperceptibly from Park Sanssouci but gets far fewer visitors. Buildings here…

8. 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…