Retreat on the Vineyard
No other palace is so closely linked with the personality of Frederick the Great as Sanssouci. The name Sanssouci – without a care – should be understood as both the primary wish and leitmotif of the king, because this was the place where he most preferred to retreat in the company of his dogs. The king’s summer residence was ultimately his favorite place and sanctuary in difficult times.
The location of the palace beside its well-known vineyard terraces and the originally preserved 18th century interior decoration allow visitors to delve into the world of the “philosopher of Sanssouci.” The interiors are characterized by their elegance and stylish displays of grandeur. They are also a clear expression of the king’s love of beautiful surroundings – his “Prussian Arcadia.”
It is of note that the king wished to be buried in a crypt on the uppermost terrace of the vineyard. Even in death, he wanted to be near his beloved Sanssouci. His wish was granted, although not until his reburial there in 1991. Frederick the Great’s grave is located on the highest terrace.
14th Potsdam Palace Run – Advice for Palace Visitors
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, the 14th Pro Potsdam Palace Run takes place in Potsdam. The run starts at 9.00 a.m. and ends around 12:30 p.m. Considerable traffic obstructions in the entire urban area of Potsdam are to be expected. If you plan to visit the Prussian Palaces & Gardens on that day – especially if you’re visiting with a ticket including a fixed entrance time –, please allow for enough time to cross the city upon arrival! Detailed information about the race, route plans and police-controlled passing points can be found at www.potsdam-marathon.de.