Lindstedt Palace is only a few steps away from Sanssouci Park, but off the well-beaten tourist track. Crown Prince Frederick William (IV) commissioned Ludwig Persius to transform the original outlying estate into a palace. Upon the architect’s death, Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse (1848), Friedrich August Stüler (1855) and finally Ferdinand von Arnim (1858) continued his work. The casino with its circular tower and crowning monopteron, the terraced temple with a portico and large flight of steps, as well as magnificent colonnade leading to the road inside a formal garden designed by Peter Joseph Lenné, which served no other purpose than to celebrate unbridled magnificence itself, were all clearly influenced by the writings of Pliny the Younger (c. 100 AD) and Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s reconstruction of Pliny’s Gardens. From 1858, Lenné designed the grounds in the style of villa gardens from antiquity. Although it was only partially realized, the garden strongly shapes the prestigious atmosphere of Lindstedt Palace.
After almost 30 years of planning and a relatively brief construction period, in the end, King Frederick William IV was unable to inhabit his “Tuscum on Katharinenholz.” Lindstedt Palace was subsequent occupied by the von Bülow Family (ancestors of Vicco von Bülow, a German comedian, humorist and cartoonist better known as Loriot), as well as the family of General von Falkenhayn (whose daughter Erika was married to Henning von Tresckow, one of the masterminds behind an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler). The palace’s name can be traced back to a tenant from the 18th century, the head royal huntsman Achatius Daniel Lindstedt.
Today the garden and palace provide an ideal setting for lectures, intimate concerts, readings, banquets, receptions and wedding ceremonies.
The palace entrance is through the colonnade. Cordons or barriers between the columns have not been affixed to maintain historical authenticity. There is therefore an increased danger of falling. Please be careful. Organizers are obliged to expressly draw all participants’ attention to this fact.
Only handcarts or pushcarts with sufficiently broad rubber tires may be used on the path leading from the gate of the pergola to lower level rooms (e.g., the kitchen, etc.)
The use of any vehicles within the pergola is strictly prohibited.