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Visit Park Sanssouci



Park Sanssouci

+49 331 9694202 Hauptallee

Potsdam's main attraction combines nature, palaces and smaller buildings to create a unique work of art. The central element in the 2.9 km2 parkland complex, which was designed by Lenné, is the 2.5 km long main path which opens out to plazas with fountains and sculptures and encompasses all areas of the park. If you enter the park at the eastern end of the main path, you will get to the Great Fountain from where you can look up over the vineyard to Sanssouci Palace - a world-famous image! On the edge of the southern palace terrace, seen by the busts of Roman Emperors, Frederick II buried his beloved greyhounds and had a tomb excavated for himself. But the king was only given his last place of rest on 17 August 1991. The elongated Picture Gallery, which is situated to the east of Sanssouci Palace and was built from 1755-1763 under the supervision of Johann Büring, gives no indication from the outside of the splendour that resides within. And west of the palace, above the New Chambers (built in 1748 by Knobelsdorff), the mighty vanes of the Historic Mill, which burnt down in 1945, have been turning again since 1993. The 330 m long Orangery Palace (built from 1850-1864 by Persius, Stüler, Hesse) was modelled on Italian Renaissance buildings. On the ground floor in front of the Orangery you will then have in front of you the king to whom the beautiful complex can be traced back: Frederick II. The marble equestrian statue is a smaller replica version of the bronze monument of Christian Daniel Rauch which is situated on the street Unter den Linden in Berlin. The largest 18th century building in the Sanssouci park is the New Palace (built from 1763-1769 by Büring, Manger, Gontard) with over 200 rooms. The facade is adorned with 428 gods and demigods which twelve sculptors and several dozen stonemasons spent six years chipping away at. The Palace Theatre (1748) in the southern main wing takes up the entire first and second floor. You should walk around the New Palace once because the view of the Communs (built from 1766-1769 by Gontard, Legeay) is well worth it. The two huge-looking buildings opposite the palace forecourt side used to contain churches, commercial premises and servant apartments. Until 1830, the kings used to invite people to the Antique Temple (built in 1768 by Gontard) north of the New Palace, a smaller version of the Pantheon in Rome, to see their collection of antiques. However, once this was moved to the New Museum in Berlin, the temple became a last resting place for a number of members of the Hohenzollern dynasty. E.g., here you will find the first wife of William II, empress Auguste Victoria (died in 1921), and his second wife Hermine (died in 1947). The pheasant house was also built in 1840 by Persius in an Italian style. After the classical Charlottenhof Palace (built from 1826-1829 by Schinkel), which is reminiscent of a Roman villa, you will come to the Roman Baths and shortly after to the dairy. You then head along the Ökonomieweg path, past the Chinese House, to the Church of Peace (built in 1844-1854 by Persius) containing the tomb of Frederick William IV and his wife. The king wanted to have a church which was reflected in water and he therefore created the pond of peace in front of the church. On the northern side of the atrium you will find the Mausoleum (built from 1888-1890 by Julius Raschdorff) for the 99-day Emperor Frederick III and his wife. At the Green Gate (1850) you can exit the park. If you have counted all of the sculptures around the park, you should have come up with a figure of about 400.






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