Sanssouci Park

Home to the great Sanssouci Palace, seven particularly impressive buildings and a single church, Sanssouci Park, located within Potsdam, is certainly worth visiting. Easily reached by train, just a 40 minute journey from Haupt­banhof on the S-Bahn, Potsdam is a small town well known for its grand architecture. The walk from station to park alone […]

Home to the great Sanssouci Palace, seven particularly impressive buildings and a single church, Sanssouci Park, located within Potsdam, is certainly worth visiting. Easily reached by train, just a 40 minute journey from Haupt­banhof on the S-Bahn, Potsdam is a small town well known for its grand architecture. The walk from station to park alone offers an enticing eyeful of obelisks, archways and stunning man­ors built in the 18th century style of Rococo.

A good starting point is the park’s east­ern entrance on Schopenhauerstrasse. From here you get a fantastic view down Hauptallee; an arrow-straight 2.5km path that leads unfalteringly to the New Palace. As you walk down this route you can’t help but admire the im­pressive flowerbeds and precisely cut shrubs which give off a spirit lifting bouquet. This colourful world is com­plimented by an abundance of white marble statues, bronze busts, immense urns and lion-clad baths. This route offers much but for a more substantial tour around the park follow the paths that run parallel to the single winding stream. From start to finish you will be able to enjoy a walk that not only places you within a Kenneth Grahame novel but also shows you the wonders that are the Church of Peace, the Chinese House and, finally, the Ro­man Baths.

You will find that Rococo dominates many of the buildings found through­out Sanssouci Park; a style that was so heavily influenced by King Frederick the Great that the buildings embel­lished with it have now been labelled as ‘Frederician Rococo’. However, as a direct result of Frederick’s passions in the arts and architecture, there are other momentous buildings in alterna­tive designs.

The Chinese House (Chinesisches Haus), for example, was built in Chi­noiserie style following a fascination with the Orient that heavily influenced 18th century aristocracy in Europe and the fashions of their time. The exte­rior, best seen on a sunny day, is sur­rounded by golden figures in a variety of Chinese themed poses; drinking tea and playing instruments, for instance. Entrance into the Chinese House is free of charge and exquisitely contin­ues the Chinese focus with displays of porcelain and a marvellous mural or­namenting the ceiling.

All-in-all a journey to the Sanssouci Parks is well worth the excursion from Berlin. A full day would be advisable as there is so much to see; plus a comfort­able pair of shoes to help accommodate what will be well worn feet.

The closest S/U-Bahn stop is Potsdam Hauptbanhof.
Walking around the park is free; as is visit­ing many of the sites within it.

Team Curso/CTR Travel Writing, Jason Bosworthick

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  1. Michael has added a suggestion, note on 21. May 2013 | Permalink

    hi, the trip to Potsdam has been one of the many highlights at Curso/CTR Berlin. Enjoy
    MC

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