Sanssouci Palace and Gardens

is the name of the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, near the city center of Potsdam. It resembles Versailles in France and is has numerous temples and follies in the park. The gardens belonging to the palace are occupying a large area of Potsdam and take a lot of time to walk through.

The palace was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff between 1745 and 1747 to fulfill King Frederick's need for a private residence. Sansssouci is a French name and means"without worries" or "carefree". Because of King Frederick's influence in the design it is characterised as Frederician Rococo. He considered it a place that "would die with hime". Especially significant are the terraced gardens in front of the palace. There are also many other impressive palaces and other structures in the garden, many of them in baroque style, and an obelisque at the entrance. You can also find an impressive orangery with its own palace in Italian Renaissance style. There is a nearly 2km long alley that goes from the main entrance on the east side, passes Schloss Sanssouci and ends at the Neues Palais in the west.

Schloss Sanssouci and the terraced gardens was built for relaxing.


The obelisque at the entrance at Schopenhauerstraße

  Evangelische Friedenskirche   Triumphtor, gate at Schopenhauerstraße



The terraced gardens of Sanssouci Palace    


    The large fountain    
Stairs to Sanssouci Palace  

Views from Schloss Sanssouci

  Schloss Sanssouci Palace

The trellised gazebo

Potsdam skyline seen from the top of Sancoussi terraced gardens   Erloeserkirche


Schloss Sanssouci

  Views from Schloss Sanssouci   Views from Schloss Sanssouci
Gate, Schloss Sanssouci  

Schloss Sanssouci, gazebo


Schloss Sanssouci backside

The endless Hauptallé - Main Alley, towards Neues Palais   Schloss Sanssouci

Botanischer Garten   Botanischer Garten (Botanical Garden)   Botanischer Garten, trellised lane

The Orangery

The Orangery Palace   Trellised lane

Hauptalle - Main Alley   Hauptalle towards Neues Palais   The endless Hauptalle
Neues Palais (New Palace)  

Neues Palais

  Neues Palais, interior


The University (under reconstruction)

The University of Potsdam   Potsdam Universität - University
Neues Palais (New Palace) in Park Sansoussi's west end is much larger, and 20 years newer, then Schloss Sansoussi.