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Palaces, art galleries, flower gardens and water features make Sanssouci Park one of Potsdam’s most loved green spaces. The park incorporates almost 741 acres (300 hectares) of grassy lawns and woodland dissected by crisscrossing pathways, including the 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) long Hauptallee promenade. Sanssouci Park began as an orchard and became a favored escape of Frederick the Great in the mid-1700s. Prussian landscaper Peter Joseph Leneé remodeled the park in the 1800s and it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1990.
Begin your tour of the park with a visit to Sanssouci Palace, a hilltop palace built as a summer retreat for Fredrick the Great. Take a moment to appreciate the Rococo façade and then step inside to explore its grandiose rooms. Afterwards, look for a tomb that contains the king’s remains.
Stroll down through the terraced vineyards in front of the palace to discover a series of ornamental and Baroque-style gardens. A team of around 60 gardeners work meticulously to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the many flowerbeds, hedges and lawns. Stroll along the pathways, marvel at the gardens’ varying designs and spot some of the 1,000-plus sculptures. Watch the world go by from the benches that overlook a central fountain.
Set aside some time to visit the park’s other landmark buildings. Find exhibitions of Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters at the Bildergalerie and examples of paintings by Raphael at the Orangery Palace. Gaze in admiration at a Chinese Tea House and the Temple of Friendship. Don’t miss the Neues Palais and Neue Kammern, two remarkable Rococo monuments.
Do as locals do and enjoy a picnic on warm, sunny days with friends and families. Come in the midst of winter to find a mystical snow-covered landscape.
The park is about a 20-minute walk from Potsdam’s old town. Public buses stop at various points around the park and parking is available behind Sanssouci Palace.
Sanssouci Park is open daily, from dawn until dusk, and admission is free. Fees are applicable for the Bildergalerie, Neue Kammern, Neues Palais, Orangery Palace and Sanssouci Palace. Tickets for the Sanssouci Palace are limited so it’s worth arriving early. Combined entrance tickets are also offered.
Make the most of your visit to Sanssouci Park. Below is a list of some of the top things to do:
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For even more things to do, examine our Potsdam things to do page.
Located in Jägervorstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Alexandrowka and Nauener Gate are also within 10 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 29 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Potsdam, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sanssouci Park and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam Harbour and Park Babelsberg are also within 3 mi (5 km). Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 14 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 25 minutes.
Located in the heart of Potsdam, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate and Church of Peace are also within 5 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 13 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 24 minutes.
Located in Dutch Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate and Sanssouci Park are also within 10 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 14 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 23 minutes.
Located in Jägervorstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Sanssouci Park and Church of Peace are also within 10 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 23 minutes by foot.
Located in Dutch Quarter, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Babelsberg Film Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Potsdam S-Bahn is 19 minutes by foot and Potsdam Central Station is 20 minutes.
Located in Dutch Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Nauener Gate and Jan-Bouman-Haus are also within 10 minutes. Potsdam S-Bahn is 24 minutes by foot and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 21 minutes.
Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Havel and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sanssouci Palace and Babelsberg Film Park. Potsdam Forum and Neuer Lustgarten are also within 5 minutes. Potsdam S-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Potsdam Central Station is 8 minutes.