Garden Design at the Highest Level
Sanssouci – it is more than just the palace of the Old Fritz, and his beloved sanctuary with an expansive view over Potsdam. Sanssouci is also the world-renowned park with its distinctive, terraced grounds and majestic fountain at its center that was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1990. Here, for more than 250 years, the highest level of garden design has united with works by the most competent architects and sculptors of their times.
In 1743, Frederick the Great personally conceived the plans for his palace with terraces dedicated to growing wine, where he also laid out his grave site. Later, King Frederick William IV substantially expanded the garden between the private, intimate Sanssouci Palace and the monumental New Palace once again. Thus, Frederick’s French pleasure garden was intertwined with a picturesque 19th century landscaped park and enhanced with stately buildings representative of Neoclassicism and German Romanticism.
Today’s visitors can meander through the park’s changing styles of exquisite garden design. The aesthetics and philosophy of past residents of these palace grounds may be discovered in the exquisitely formed individual gardens, architecture, fountains, and in over 1000 sculptures.
Sanssouci Park encompasses nearly 300 hectares and is dissected by an east-west axis spanning more than 2 kilometers. Visitors should plan ample time to see all the sights on a leisurely walk. Nearly 60 gardeners lovingly maintain the park’s flowerbeds, hedges, trees, and expansive lawns and meadows. The splendor of the parterre at the foot of Sanssouci Palace is composed of more than 230,000 plants, biannually arranged in keeping with the pleasure garden’s historical precedent.
Zur Historischen Mühle
How to get there
Stop "Schloss Sanssouci", "Potsdam, Neues Palais", "Potsdam, Schloss Charlottenhof", "Potsdam, Luisenplatz-Nord/Park Sanssouci"
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Paid parking spaces for cars and buses in the car park P1 – At the Historic Windmill and P3 – At the New Palace.
Open daily from 8 a.m. until dark.
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
We recommend a low barrier route through Sanssouci Park for visitors with limited mobility as well as blind and visually impaired visitors (information in German only).
Sanssouci Park – Your digital companion through the world heritage site
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
Attention: Branches at risk of falling!
Due to extreme drought these days, trees have been severely damaged. Branches are at risk of falling. Please stay on the visitor paths and avoid to take a rest under old trees, even when it rains!