Potsdam Sanssouci Park: A Photo Tour

Germany, Potsdam Sanssouci Palace

Potsdam Sanssouci Park: A Photo Tour

A trip to Berlin wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Potsdam and the magnificent palaces within Sanssouci Park, witnessing the power of the Prussian Kingdom.

Germany, Potsdam Sanssouci Park

Potsdam, One of the Entrances of Sanssouci Park

Sannsouci and Potsdam Parks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990

Sanssouci Castle, commissioned by Friedrich the Great in 1744, is certainly the most famous palace. Friedrich II wanted a summer palace, where he could enjoy music and philosophy and invite some of the most important figures of his time in an ‘informal’ setting.

Germany, Potsdam Sanssouci Palace

Potsdam, Sanssouci Castle

No place brings you back to grandiosity of the Prussian Kindgom like Sanssouci Park

Often compared to the Baroque Versailles, Sanssouci Castle is in fact much smaller and intimate, while its Rococo style has been strongly influenced by Friedrich the Great himself, who designed several sketches of the Palace.

Germany, Potsdam Sanssouci Palace Rococo Statues

Rococo Statues Decorating Sanssouci Façade

Walking further the Orangery Palace, built in the 1850s by Friedrich Wilhelm IV following the style of the Italian Renaissance, strikes for its Classicism.

Potsdam, The Orangery Palace

The Orangery Palace

With its circular structure, the Belvedere auf dem Klausberg imitates what was thought to be the Ancient Rome Imperial Palace on the Capitol Hill, according to the very few sources available. Although not one of the most interesting buildings within Sanssouci Park, the Belvedere is located in very pretty surroundings.

Potsdam Belvedere auf dem Klausberg

The Belvedere auf dem Klausberg

At the far end of the 2.5 km main avenue of the Park, the New Palace strikes with its majesty. Commissioned by Friedrich the Great in 1750, the baroque Neues Palais is sumptuously decorated both outside and inside.

Potsdam New Palace, Lateral Wing

Potsdam New Palace, A Lateral Wing

Due to is magnificence the New Palace, whose construction started only after the end of the 7 Years War (1763), became a symbol of the power of the Prussian Kingdom

Potsdam New Palace, Facade

Potsdam New Palace, Facade

In front of the New Palace the Communs Buildings, unfortunately under restoration at the time of my visit, display wonderful exterior architecture, despite they were reserved to servants and the kitchens.

Potsdam, Statue in Sanssouci Park

Potsdam, Statue in Sanssouci Park

Besides the wonderful Palaces, Sanssouci Park is a great place for a walk in the woods and the awesome gardens, maybe sitting on a bench for a while with a good book, or just enjoying the silence.

Fancy more ideas on short breaks from Berlin? Read Travel’s of Adam article on A Weekend Trip to Dresden


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    Posted at 11:37h, 08 April Reply

    […] Also check out expat Adam’s Things to Do in Berlin and Simon’s journey to nearby Potsdam Sanssouci Park:  A Photo Tour. […]

  • crazy sexy fun traveler
    Posted at 18:23h, 28 August Reply

    Cool architecture there 🙂

  • Andrew
    Posted at 23:14h, 08 March Reply

    Truly beautiful pictures. I went in March a number of years ago. Not a good idea, it was gray skies (typical German winter) and in the winter no flowers. Glad you had sun to see the wonderful architecture.

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