Exotic Plants and Italian Masters
The Orangery Palace at Sanssouci was the last and largest palace building constructed in Sanssouci Park. It is an impressive example of the buildings erected by Frederick William IV, the "Romantic on the throne." The imposing structure with its plant halls and central palace, sculptures, fountains, arcades and terraces evokes the flair of southern architecture in Potsdam and manifests Frederick William IV's love of Italy in tangible form.
The ensemble was created in the years between 1851 and 1864. During the long phase of construction, the architects Ludwig Persius, August Stüler and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse were occupied with the plans, although the king contributed a number of its designs.
In addition to the lateral plant halls, which today still serve as the winter storage for frost-sensitive tubbed plants, the over 300-meter-long building also used to house royal suites and servants' quarters. The plant halls are among the largest indoor special events locations (1000 people per hall) in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.
The central section of the three-winged palace complex encompasses the impressive Raphael Hall, with its interesting collection of more than fifty 19th century copies of paintings by Raphael, including such well-known works as the Sistine Madonna and the Transfiguration. The red silk wall coverings add to the opulence and splendor of the paintings in their gilded frames. Particularly worth noting is the Malachite Room in the guest apartments, lavishly adorned with sculptures, gilded décor and decorative arts objects.
Please note: Renovation work at the Orangery Palace
Unfortunately, the lookout tower and platform are currently not accessible due to major renovations in the context of the SPSG's long-term renovation scheme called the "Master Plan." They will reopen at the beginning of the 2018 season.
An der Orangerie 3-5
How to get there
Stop "Potsdam, Orangerie/Botanischer Garten"
Paid parking spaces for cars and buses in the car park P1 – At the Historic Windmill and P3 – At the New Palace.
Winter Season | November to March
|Monday - Sunday:||closed|
April: Can be viewed with a guided tour.
Mai – October: Tuesday – Friday: Can be viewed with a guided tour; can also be viewed without a guided tour on weekends & holidays.
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
Tickets are available exclusively at the counter in the building
Price : 6.00 reduced : 5.00
Price : 3.00 reduced : 2.00
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
Ticket cooperation with the Museum Barberini
25 % discount off the price of one admission upon presentation of a regularly priced ticket from the Museum Barberini at the cash desk.*
*valid on the booking date or the day before/after
Visitor's Center at the Historic Windmill in Sanssouci Park
An der Orangerie 1
Visitor's Center at the New Palace in Sanssouci Park
Am Neuen Palais 3
Phone: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Gruppenservice
contact form for booking requests
Phone: 0331.96 94-222
Fax: 0331.96 94-107
The observation tower is not wheelchair accessible.
For conservation reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers in the exhibition rooms.
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).
360 degree panorama
Raphael Hall in the Orangery Palace
© Reinhardt & Sommer