Sanssouci Palace Kitchen
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.
Sanssouci Palace Kitchen [Schlossküche Sanssouci]
How to get there
Stop "Potsdam, Schloss Sanssouci"
Paid parking spaces for cars and buses in the car park P1 – At the Historic Windmill.
Summer Season | April to October
|Tuesday - Sunday:||10:00 - 17:30|
Winter Season | November to March
|Monday - Sunday:||closed|
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
Price : 4.00 reduced : 3.00
Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day (not valid for Sacrow House and Stern Hunting Lodge; not valid for special exhibitions; in the Belvedere Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate).
Sold at all palace registers, in the visitor centres and online. A fixed admission time slot at Sanssouci Palace is included with purchase, and a guided tour time must be booked for the New Palace.
Price : 22.00 reduced : 17.00
sanssouci+ Family Ticket
Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children.
Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day (not valid for Sacrow House and Stern Hunting Lodge, not valid for special exhibitions), in the Belvedere Pfingstberg ticket owners are granted the reduced rate.
Sold at all palace registers, in the visitor centres and online. A fixed admission time slot at Sanssouci Palace is included with purchase, and a guided tour time must be booked for the New Palace. .
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 House 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
for annual ticket holders
Price : 0.00
Visitor Centre Historic Windmill in Sanssouci Park
An der Orangerie 1
Visitor Centre 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
- conditionally barrier-free
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.
In the surroundings you will find the following dining options:
at the Visitor Centre at the New Palace (South Gate Building / "Südtorgebäude")
Augustiner im Bürgerbahnhof
next to the station "Park Sanssouci"
near Picture Gallery and Sanssouci Palace
Drachenhaus Restaurant & Cafe im Park Sanssouci
between "Paradiesgarten" and Belvedere Klausberg
Lottenhof / Bill's Kitchen
near Charlottenhof Villa
Mövenpick Zur Historischen Mühle
near Sanssouci Palace
The SPSG offers a free shuttle service between the Grünes Gitter (Green Grille) and the New Palace on the so-called “Ökonomieweg” in Sanssouci Park from April to October, daily from 11 am to 3 pm.
As the shuttle service is only made possible by the voluntary work of the drivers, we ask for your understanding if the service is not always available. Unfortunately, the shuttle service is also not available during heavy rain.