The park is a legacy of King Frederick the Great, who was attracted to the area by its fine views. He initially had terraced gardens built here before adding a palace. Sans souci means ‘without worries’ and reflects the king’s desire for a sanctuary where he could pursue his philosophical, musical and literary interests. Voltaire was among his guests. His nearby Bildergalerie was the first purpose-built museum in Germany. After victory in the Seven Years’ War, Frederick the Great built the huge Neues Palais on the park’s western edge. Friedrich II’s sumptuous suite, as well as the Grottensaal (Grotto Room), Marmorsaal (Marble Room) and Schlosstheater (Palace Theatre), are worth a visit. Parts of the Palais were renovated for Frederick the Great’s 300th birthday in 2012, as were portions of the surrounding park. Attractions in the park include the Orangery; the Spielfestung, or toy fortress, built for Wilhelm II’s sons, complete with a toy cannon that can be fired; the Chinesisches Teehaus (Chinese Teahouse), with its collection of Chinese and Meissen porcelain; and the Drachenhaus (Dragonhouse), a pagoda-style café. In the park’s south-west corner lies Schloss Charlottenhof, with its blue-glazed entrance and copper-plate engraving room, built in the 1830s on the orders of crown prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Outside Sanssouci in the Breite Strasse is the Dampfmaschinenhaus that pumped water for Sanssouci’s fountains, but was built to look like a mosque.
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|Opening hours:||Open Palace & exhibition buildings Apr-Oct 9am- 6pm Tue-Sun. Nov-Mar 9am-4.30pm daily. Last entry half an hour before closing.|
|Transport:||S7, RE1 Potsdam.|
|Price:||Admission Palace & exhibition buildings €12; €5-€8 reductions. Park free.|