Built by Frederick the Great between 1745 and 1747, the Sanssouci Palace is a marvelous celebration of Rococo architecture. Only a 30 minute train ride from Berlin, this UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts over one million visitors every year to Potsdam.
Though much smaller in size to its French rival, the Palace of Versailles, the Sanssouci Palace is particularly famous for its gardens, terraced vineyards, fruit trees (figs, oranges, peaches, melons), temples, and decorative aesthetics. They include the Neues Palace, the Chinese House, Orangery and Roman Baths.
The word Sanssouci literally means “without a care”. And that’s how I felt when I entered the palace grounds. With its perfectly manicured landscape, gushing fountains and lush groves, Sanssouci seems the ideal retreat. I imagine the palace would have been a favorite summer getaway for the royalty back then.
Unfortunately, the weather that late afternoon was quite horrid and I was cursing my luck. But if you are travelling through Germany, and have the opportunity to spend a glorious sunny day in Sanssouci Palace, do it! The whole atmosphere is so laid back, and were the weather better, I would have spent hours strolling through the beautiful grounds.
Some tips to keep in mind when visiting Potsdam Sanssouci Palace are:
- The Sanssouci Park is free to enter and is open from 6am to dusk.
- The Sanssouci Palace is closed on Mondays. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
- Admission into the Sanssouci Palace is stopped 30 minutes before closing.
- You can buy your tickets at https://tickets.spsg.de/
- Individual attractions in the Sanssouci Park have their own timings. To find out more, visit http://www.potsdam-park-sanssouci.de/