The Sanssouci Palace, roughly translated as the Carefree Palace, was Frederick the Great’s elegant summer escape, where he would revel in art, philosophy, and poetry.
King Frederick was involved in the design of the palace so extensively that the style was named after him – ‘Frederician Rococo’. It’s a single-storey, 11-roomed building with a beautiful dome, decorated in vibrant colours, and of course, iconic Rococo detailing.
Perhaps the German rival to Versailles, the palace is beautifully and authentically maintained. The interior is ornate, and the collection of 18th century French paintings is vastly memorable. Frederick’s favourite armchair, in which he died, is also on display, and you can then visit his tomb in the verdant gardens. Arrive early to book tickets as there are limited places on the compulsory guided tour.
We recommend that you also make time to stroll around the grounds and visit some of the other buildings. The Orangerie is particularly worth a guided visit, where you can see 47 fake Raphael works that were installed after Napoleon swiped the originals.
The Palace doesn’t house its own restaurant, but the park that it is situated within, Park Sanssouci, holds several that come highly recommended. Restaurants particularly close by include the Mövenpick Restaurant Zur Historischen Mühle and the Drachenhaus Restaurant & Café.
Mövenpick Restaurant Zur Historischen Mühle:
8.00 – 23.00 daily
April – October from 11.00 daily
November – March 11.00 – 18.00 (Mondays closed)
Sitting in the left wing of the palace, the museum shop offers all sorts of souvenirs, such as printed cups, postcards, napkins and books. In case you can’t decide what to buy, fear not, you can find lots of cool items in the online shop.
+49 (0) 33 1969 4200
April – October: Tuesday – Sunday 09.00 – 18.00
November – March: Tuesday – Sunday 09.00 – 17.00
April – October: €12
November – March: € 8
Train: Potsdam Park Sanssouci