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This "boast" as Friedrich II qualified it, is the largest palace in Potsdam. The king wanted to demonstrate that the economic power of Prussia remained intact after emerging victorious from the arduous Seven Years War. It was intended to house the royal family. It required the skills of thousands of craftsmen and was built in the Rococo style, so beloved of Frederick the Great, even though the style had become outmoded. The over-lavish ornamentation and superabundance of sculpture all uphold the motto on the main pediment. Everything in the building reeks of ostentation from its 428 sculptures to the central dome supported on three Graces wearing the crown of Prussia. Wilhelm II and his court adored parading around the castle. The lamps and approach ramps date from this period. The walls of the unusual cave (Muschelsaal) are incrusted with shells, minerals, coral and glass. The castle, which lacks a main staircase, features four smaller staircases which led to the royal apartments. Note the bells in the rooms to call the servants. The theatre's graceful white and gold ornamentation is enhanced by statues of Hermes supporting the balcony arches, while palm-tree columns frame the stage. Friedrich II's seat was in the third row of the stalls.

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  • Address : Am Neuen Palais D - 14469 Potsdam14469Potsdam
  • Phone : 03319694200
  • Website :
  • Prices : 6 €

Opening hours :

  • Apr-Oct: 10am-6pm; rest of year: 10am-5pm - closed Tue - guided tour of royal apartment Apr-Oct: 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm - closed Tue - Pesne gallery Apr-Oct: weekends and Bank Hols 10am-6pm - closed Nov-Dec 2012

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