Sanssouci Palace Kitchen

Royal Cooker

King Frederick William IV chose Sanssouci Palace as the summer residence for himself and his wife, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, after he ascended the throne in 1840. The great grandnephew of Frederick the Great honored his ancestor and left the older king’s rooms at the palace largely untouched. Nevertheless, he had the palace’s side wings expanded to gain space needed for his court. The Ladies’ Wing was thus created to the west to serve as living quarters for the ladies-in-waiting and gentlemen of the court. The “Large Kitchen,” the bakery, the coffee kitchen with a “room for the coffee master,” the Silver Chamber (now the museum shop) and a pantry next to the royal chef’s room were housed in the eastern wing. In the palace’s cellar the king used the wine cellar from Frederick the Great’s era and managed to accommodate several storerooms, the dishwashing kitchen, as well as a patisserie and an area used to make ice cream. The staff resided on the upper level.

Even today, the Palace Kitchen shows off a mid-19th century technological advancement: the imposing “cooking machine” or simply “the cooker.” For the first time it was no longer necessary to cook over an open fire; instead the stove’s various heating plates could be utilized. Typical copper cookware used for cooking in the 18th and 19th centuries is on display alongside porcelain, pots and pans, pudding and ice and ice cream molds, ladles, roasting pans, baking trays, and much more.

Address

Sanssouci Palace Kitchen
Maulbeerallee
14469 Potsdam

How to get there

Parkplätze:

Besucherparkplatz an der Historischen Mühle

Opening Hours

November – March

Valid 01.11.2017 - 31.03.2018
Monday - Sunday: closed

April – October

Valid 01.04.2017 - 31.10.2018
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

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

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

Overview of opening hours and holidays »

Admission Prices / Group Offers

Single Ticket

Price: 4.00 € reduced: 3.00 €

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 (plus 2 euros service charge).

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 €

Photo Permit for the Palaces

Valid for one day for all palaces.
Only for private use. Not for publication.
No flash, no tripods.

Price: 3.00 €

Contact & Booking

SPSG | Visitor's Information
info(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Group Service
Postfach 60 14 62
14414 Potsdam, Germany
gruppenservice(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-222
Fax: +49 (0) 331.96 94-107

Accessibility

  • wheelchair access with assistance

The Palace Kitchen is wheelchair accessible; the wine cellar on the lower level is unfortunately not accessible by wheelchair.

Unfortunately, for conservation reasons the use of baby carriages and strollers is not permitted in exhibition spaces.

Upcoming Events

  • Preußisches Küchengeschwätz – Aus der Zeit gefallen

    Szenische Führung mit Hofkoch Ferdinand Andrea Tamanti

    03.12.2017 11:00

  • Die Köchin von Sanssouci – Aus der Zeit gefallen

    Szenische Führung mit Charlotte Retzloff

    10.12.2017 11:00

Dining

In the surroundings you will find the following dining options:

Drachenhaus Restaurant & Cafe im Park Sanssouci

Mövenpick Zur Historischen Mühle

Café Repin