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Firsthand Accounts of Court Gossip, Anecdotes and Palace Secrets

Experience history up close: Let yourself be drawn into the past by both great and lesser-known personalities of the Prussian court while learning about everyday life at the royal palaces.

Confidant of the king: George Keith, 10th Earl Marschall

Scotland, Spain, Venice and Paris were the main stops in the life of Lord Marischal Keith (1693–1778), before he came to Prussia in 1747. A close confidant of Frederick the Great, he took part in the roundtable discussions at Sanssouci and lived near Sanssouci Palace, whose interiors he knew exceptionally well.

  • Potsdam, Sanssouci Park and your choice either Sanssouci Palace or New Chambers (Guided tour available in German or English)

The Grand Master of Ceremonies: Baron Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz

Baron Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz (1692–1775) had the pleasure of serving both the stern “Soldier King” as well as his son Frederick II (the Great). As the Grand Master of Ceremonies, he certainly knows a few secrets and how to tell amusing stories about Sanssouci.

  • Potsdam, Sanssouci Park and your choice either Sanssouci Palace or New Chambers (Guided tour available only in German)

Editha von Haacke: Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen

As the noble-born chaperone of Queen Elisabeth (1801—1873) and King Frederick William IV (1795—1861), Editha von Haacke could easily have eavesdropped during the summers at Sanssouci – listen to the secrets that she gladly reveals.

  • Potsdam, Sanssouci Park and your choice either Sanssouci Palace, New Chambers or Orangery Palace (Guided tour available only in German)

Sanssouci’s Cook: Charlotte Retzloff

As the cook at Sanssouci, Charlotte Retzloff knew how to delight the king with delicious spices and herbs – as well as how to scare the male kitchen staff. Instead of washing dishes, she preferred to create the best dish of fieldfare that allowed her to win over the royal palate.

  • Potsdam, Sanssouci Park and Sanssouci Palace Kitchen (Guided tour available only in German)

Prussian Kitchen Gossip: Court Chef Tamanti

As court chef to King Frederick William IV (1795-1861), Ferdinand Andre Tamanti likely stirred many soups. He shows us his realm at Sanssouci today, with its palace kitchen, storerooms and fruit storage. In a spirited conversation, he discusses what came onto the royal table both in a daily life and for special celebrations.

  • Potsdam, Sanssouci Park and Sanssouci Palace Kitchen (Guided tour available only in German)

En Route with Prince Pückler

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785—1871) was a gallant charmer andconversationalist, a popular travel writer and an ingenious garden designer. Go for a leisurely stroll with him through the park grounds of Babelsberg or Glienicke and take a peek behind the palaces and hedges.

  • Potsdam, Babelsberg Park or Berlin (Guided tour available only in German)

Queen and Servant: Sophie Charlotte and Friedrich Aly

Queen Sophie Charlotte (16681705) appreciated her loyal valet Friedrich Aly, who embellished her court in caftan and turban, and served coffee, a fashionable drink from the Orient. Join the queen and her servant on a trip through a world of beautiful appearances.

  • Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace and Gardens (Guided tour available only in German)

Availability and costs

Availability: Sanssouci Palace, Sanssouci Palace Kitchen, Sanssouci Park, Paretz Palace: year-round | New Chambers, Orangery Palace, Babelsberg Park, Glienicke Park: April-October

The Opening Hours correspond to the Palaces' Opening Hours. Guided tours on request.


Duration of guided tours: 1,5 hours

Guided Tours and prices

Group tour: Lord Marschall George Keith, Sanssouci
Availability:  year-round
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 350 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour: Lord Marschall George Keith, New Chambers
Availability:  April-October
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 210 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour: Baron Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz, Sanssouci
Availability:  year-round
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 350 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour: Baron Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz, New Chambers
Availability:  April-October
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 210 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour:  Lady-in-Waiting: Editha von Haacke, Sanssouci
Availability:  year-round
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 350 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour:  Lady-in-Waiting: Editha von Haacke, New Chambers
Availability:  April-October
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 210 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour:  Lady-in-Waiting: Editha von Haacke, Orangery Palace
Availability:  April-October
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 210 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour:  Sanssouci Cook: Charlotte Retzloff, Sanssouci Palace Kitchen
Availability:  year-round
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 210 €
Group size:  maximum 15

Group tour: Court Chef Tamanti, Sanssouci Palace Kitchen
Availability:  year-round
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 210 €
Group size:  maximum 15

Group tour: Prince Pückler, Babelsberg Park or Glienicke Park
Availability:  April-October
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 160 €
Group size:  maximum 25

Group tour: Queen and Servant: Sophie Charlotte and Friedrich Aly, Charlottenburg Palace and Gardens
Availability:  year-round
Duration:     1,5 hours
Flat rate for groups: 350 €
Group size:  maximum 30

The scenic tours are bookable for school classes as well, but without any reduction.

Booking Policies

We offer a flat rate for groups limited to a maximum number of participants. The group rate always includes fees for group admission to the individual palaces, as well as a personal tour guide or audio guides.

If the number of participants exceeds the maximum size allowed, the group will be divided. Each group is allotted an admission time. The group flat rate is calculated per tour group. At some palaces, we offer a surplus fee up to a specific number of participants for the second guided tour. The surplus fee flat rate cannot be booked as an individual service.

There is no minimum number of participants required for a group tour.

Guided tours can be booked in a variety of languages. The bookings of a respective language are carried out subject to availability of tour guides and cannot be guaranteed.

We offer a 10 % discount from the group price for the groups accompanied by a guide licensed by the SPSG. The discount does not apply to group bookings / group tours with audio guide.

Special arrangements for groups outside the scheduled opening hours are possible on request. In addition to the group fee for a guided tour, extra charges apply for a special opening.

All information provided is subject to availability of offers and changes. Prices for groups are only valid in connection with the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg's (SPSG's) General Terms and Conditions for groups.

All prices quoted are exempt from VAT/sales tax according to German law (§ 4 Nr. 20a UstG).

General Terms and Conditions for Group Tourism

The General Terms and Conditions for Group Tourism of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg apply.

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Photo Permits for Groups

Taking photographs inside the Prussian palaces is only allowed with a photo permit

  • flat fee for a group of maximum 40 people: 20 €

We recommend booking the photo permit for groups along with your group reservation request.

If you wish to wait to purchase the photo permit on the day of your visit, please allow plenty of time so as not to miss the scheduled admission time for your group booking.

The photo permit is only valid for private use. Any form of publication or use of the photographs for commercial purposes is prohibited. For conservational reasons neither flash nor tripods may be used.

Plan your visit

Sanssouci Palace | New Chambers | Orangery Palace:
Group cashier and information desk, lounge with Park overview map at visitor’s centre at the Historic Windmill, museum shop at Sanssouci Palace and garden museum shop next to the visitor’s centre, restrooms at Sanssouci Palace or in the visitor’s centre. Model Sanssouci Park at the visitor center.

Charlottenburg Palace Gardens:
Group cashier separately follow the signs, information, coat check, museum shop in the Palace, dining for eg. “Kleine Orangerie” nearby the palace.