Sanssouci Palace : Michelin's recommendations
Built by Friedrich II, Sanssouci Palace appears to have been created for the sole purpose of pleasure. It stands above six tiers of terraces with glasshouses and espalier vines. Inside the elegant parade ground, formerly the main entrance, a semicircular colonnade seems almost suspended above the trees. The interior decoration of the Rococo rooms reveals the king's personal attention to detail. Admire the elegant, sober grey and gold decoration of the hall (the stucco over the doors depicts bacchantes). A small gallery houses 18C French paintings by Pater and de Lancret and busts of Friedrich II and his brother, Henry. The cosiest room in the castle is the rotunda library, which is home to some 2 200 French literary works. The lovely cedar wood panels are adorned with gilded bronze statues and a beautiful sun shines down from the ceiling. The decoration of Friedrich II's bedchamber and study was transformed by Friedrich Wilhelm II in a neo-Classical style. Notice the portraits of the royal family, Friedrich II's desk and the chair in which he died. The monarch's favourite room was the Music Room, a masterpiece of Prussian Rococo. The Marble Hall was where Friedrich II, who corresponded with the French writer Voltaire for a number of years, hosted his "philosophical suppers".
- Address : Zur Historischen Mühle D - 14469 Potsdam14469Potsdam
- Phone : 0331 9694200
- Website : http://www.spsg.de
- Prices : 12 €
Opening hours :
- Apr-Oct: 10am-6pm; guided tour rest of year: 10am-5pm - closed Mon, 24-25 and 31 Dec