Charlottenhof Villa

Prussian Arcadia

Potsdamer Schlössernacht - Information for visitors

Due to the Potsdamer Schlössernacht, all venues in Sanssouci Park will close at 2.30 pm on 19 and 20 August 2022, last admission is at 2 pm. Sanssouci Park will close at 3 pm.

Please also note the closure of Maulbeerallee from 18 August, 8 am to 21 August, 11 pm.

The car park at the Historische Mühle will be closed from 19 August, 12 noon to 23 August, 6 am.

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To the southwest of Sanssouci Palace lies the small Charlottenhof Villa, built in the Neoclassical style. It forms the architectural center point of the grounds that were added to Sanssouci Park beginning in 1826.

The crown prince, later King Frederick William IV, was given the Baroque country manor by his father as a Christmas present in 1825. He commissioned the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the landscape gardener Peter Joseph Lenné to redesign the estate. The result was the highpoint of their respective creative activity and a true synthesis of architecture and landscape.

The villa is steeped in the spirit of antiquity and influenced by the architecture of Roman villas in its simple formal vocabulary. Fascinated by the excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Schinkel drew on wall decorations seen in the ancient houses of affluent citizens. This is also seen in the Biedermeier design of the interiors with their middle-class appearance and furnishings mostly designed by Schinkel. The rooms’ vibrant variety of materials and color is remarkable.

A lively interchange between the interior and the exterior space is conveyed through the semicircular bay on the northern side, the course of water that appears to flow from the fountains into the palace itself, the porticos, pergolas, terraces and the exedra. The famous blue-and-white striped corner room took this idea to the extreme. Replicating the interior of a tent.

Charlottenhof Villa and Park are rightly characterized as the heart of Prussian Arcadia.

Address

Charlottenhof Palace
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 34a
14471 Potsdam

How to get there

Public Transportation

Stop "Potsdam, Schloss Charlottenhof"

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Opening Hours

Summer Season | May to October
Valid: 01.05.2022 - 31.10.2022
Monday closed
Tuesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30
Winter Season | November to April
Valid: 01.11.2022 - 30.04.2023
Monday  - Sunday: closed

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Can be viewed with a guided tour.
For organisational reasons, there may be waiting times. We ask for your understanding.

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

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Admission Prices

Single Ticket

incl. guided tour

Price : 6.00 reduced : 5.00

Charlottenhof Villa / Roman Baths Combined Ticket

Valid for one day; May – October

Price : 8.00 reduced : 6.00

sanssouci+ Ticket

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.

Further information

Price : 19.00 reduced : 14.00

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.

Further information

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

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 House, 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

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

Accessibility

  • not wheelchair accessible

Unfortunately, the exhibition rooms are not accessible for wheelchair users.

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

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

In the surroundings you will find the following dining options:

Café Caroline
at the Visitor Centre at the New Palace (South Gate Building / "Südtorgebäude")

Café Repin
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

During the opening hours of the Thoughtful Historic Preservation exhibition (DENK × PFLEGE), there is also a Coffee Bike next to the Roman Baths.

Shuttle service

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 5 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.

We recommend wearing a mask throughout your visit.

Impressions

360 degree panorama