New Palace

A Royal Boast

Information regarding SARS-CoV-2

This palace/historic building is open for visitors with exception of groups registrations which cannot be accepted until further notice.

Plan your visit: During museums visits, all official health protection regulations apply (SARS-CoV-2 “Containment Regulations”). Please take note of on-site signs and markers as well as of instructions from staff in order to comply with the hygiene and distance regulations. The maximum number of visitors is limited. Disinfection options are available. Wearing protection over one’s mouth and nose (e.g. a mask) is mandatory.

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A colossal palace building, its high tambour dome recognizable from afar, rises up at the western end of the Hauptallee (the main promenade) in Sanssouci Park: the Neues Palais (New Palace).

In strong contrast to the intimate and rather modest Sanssouci Palace the large palace complex served official, representational needs. Grand banquet halls, splendid galleries and regally designed suites, not to mention Sanssouci’s Baroque palace theater in the southern wing, await visitors in its interior. Select works of 18th century art and decorative arts can be viewed at the palace in their original contexts.

The New Palace is the last royal residence Frederick the Great would have built in his park. It was a demonstration of the Prussian state’s undiminished power and wealth following the deprivations of the Seven Years’ War (1756–63).

Frederick rarely stayed here himself; instead the palace was mostly used as guest apartments and for celebrations. The recently restored Lower Royal Suite, with its Braided Room, Concert Room and Oval Cabinet, presents one of Europe’s most luxurious interior décors.

Later, William II, the last German emperor, and his family used the New Palace as their preferred place of residence.


Current information for visitors:

We kindly ask for your understanding that the Palace Theater may not be viewed at this time due to major renovations taking place in the context of the “Master Plan.” In addition to that, we cannot offer tours through the King's Appartment at the moment.

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Königswohnung im Neuen Palais

Wenn in der sommerlichen Festsaison befreundete Herrscher und Familienmitglieder Friedrichs des Großen im Schloss untergebracht waren, bewohnte der König selbst die für ihn errichtete Königswohnung im Südostflügel. Das Appartement zählt aufgrund seiner prachtvollen Ausstattung zu den Höhepunkten friderizianischer Raumkunst und kann im Rahmen von Sonderführungen besichtigt werden.

Schlosstheater im Neuen Palais

Neben den fürstlichen Gästeappartements und Festsälen ließ der König im südlichen Seitenflügel ein Schlosstheater einrichten. Es ist im Stile des Friderizianischen Rokoko dekoriert und wird durch vergoldete Hermen und Rocaillen und das Rot der Zuschauerbänke dominiert. Die Bühne wird durch vergoldete Palmen und Trophäen mit Musikinstrumenten eingerahmt. Dazu zählen ganz der Chinoiserie des 18. Jahrhunderts entsprechend auch orientalische Instrumente wie Kastagnetten, Piatti (Becken) und Schellentrommeln. Heute zählt das Schlosstheater im Neuen Palais zu den schönsten noch erhaltenen barocken Theatern.

Nach siebenjähriger Schließung und Sanierung wird das historische Theater ab dem 21. Juni 2020 wieder bespielt. Voraussichtlich ab Ende des Jahres laden regelmäßig Sonderführungen zur Besichtigung ein.

Address

New Palace [Neues Palais]
Am Neuen Palais
14469 Potsdam

How to get there

Public Transportation

Stop "Potsdam, Neues Palais"

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Parking

Paid parking spaces for cars and buses in the car park P3 – At the New Palace.

Opening Hours

Summer Season | April to October
Valid: 01.04.2020 - 31.10.2020
Monday 10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday closed
Wednesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.

Visits to New Palace are bound to fixed admission times. Same-day tickets are available for purchase at the Visitor’s Center at the New Palace as of 10 am.

On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.

Admission Prices

Single Ticket Palace Highlight Tour

price is valid until October 31, 2020

Price : 6.00 reduced : 5.00

sanssouci+ Ticket

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day, incl. a fixed admission time slot for viewing Sanssouci Palace. (Not valid for Sacrow Palace and Stern Hunting Lodge. In the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate. Not valid for special exhibitions, although some exceptions may apply). On sale at all palace registers, at the visitor centers and online.

Price : 19.00 reduced : 14.00

sanssouci+ Family Ticket

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day, incl. a fixed admission time slot for viewing Sanssouci Palace. (Not valid for Sacrow Palace and Stern Hunting Lodge. In the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate. Not valid for special exhibitionss although some exceptions apply.) Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children belonging to the same family aged 18 or younger. On sale at all palace registers and at the visitor centers.

Price : 49.00

Potsdam Family Tickets

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day, except Sanssouci Palace. Not valid for the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, Sacrow Palace and Stern Hunting Lodge.
Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children (aged 18 or younger). On sale at all palace registers and at the visitor centers.

Price : 25.00

Annual Pass for the Palaces

Valid for all SPSG palaces open to the public incl. special exhibitions, for one year after date of issue (except Sacrow Palace, Stern Hunting Lodge; in the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate). Including discounts in museum shops and selected restaurants. Non-transferable. On sale at all palace registers and visitor centers.

Price : 60.00 reduced : 40.00

Contact

Jens  Straßburger
Schlossbereichsleiter
Neues Palais
Am Neuen Palais
14469 Potsdam
neues-palais@spsg.de
Phone: 0331.96 94-361 (Zentrale)
SPSG | Visitor's Information
Visitor's Center at the Historic Windmill in Sanssouci Park
An der Orangerie 1
14469 Potsdam
(Closed Mondays)

Visitor's Center at the New Palace in Sanssouci Park
Am Neuen Palais 3
14469 Potsdam
(Closed Tuedays)
info@spsg.de
Phone: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Gruppenservice
contact form for booking requests
gruppenservice@spsg.de
Phone: 0331.96 94-222
Fax: 0331.96 94-107

Accessibility

    Due to restoration work, the New Palace is, unfortunately, currently not accessible to wheelchair users.

    For conservation reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers in the exhibition rooms.

    Hörprobe: Audioguide für junge Schlossbesucher

    Unterwegs mit Konrad dem Kastellan
    Hörbeispiel: Grottensaal im Neuen Palais »

    Audioguides sind kostenlos im Schlossbesuch enthalten

    Luggage storage

    Please note: No luggage or baggage may be left in the entrance area of the palace for security and safety reasons.

    A limited number of lockers are available for smaller pieces of baggage (up to 35 x 35 x 50 cm).

    Dining

    Café Caroline
    inside the Visitor's Centre at the New Palace

    Café & Restaurant Fredersdorf
    next to the park entrance Südtor, only a few steps away from the New Palace

    Impressions

    360 degree panorama

    Video