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“Better than palace in Berlin” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sanssouci Palace

Sanssouci Palace
Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
0331.96 94-200
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Ranked #4 of 31 Attractions in Potsdam
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Parks, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
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Owner description: Friedrich the Great's amazing 18th-century palace, reminiscent of the grandeur of Versailles, is surrounded by a magnificent 600-acre park.
Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Better than palace in Berlin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

If you have to choose between this and Charlottenburg in Berlin, choose this. We found it to be a nice place to see. Some of the rooms are pretty spectacular and you can see a few other buildings, palaces and gallery in the same park. The windmill was impressive and was running. We also made it over to the Orangery and you can walk up to the roof and see out over the park. It was a pretty nice day and the weather was fair. I found it surprising how flat the landscape is in the Potsdam/Berlin area. There is also a shopping district near by and some good places to eat. Make sure you get off the bus the stop before the train station in order to find the shopping district. We found it by chance. It's not such a big city busy area like Berlin. A slower pace.

Visited September 2011
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“Beautiful Outside but Inside is Nothing Special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

If you have been to other castles in Europe, I would suggest not wasting your money by going inside and just seeing the outside of the palace. The interior is not as glamourous as the exterior. If you have to choose, I prefer seeing the inside of the New Palace.

Visited February 2011
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Darien, Connecticut
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“Attractive building, great audio tour, don't miss the gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011 via mobile

Very well organized visit, everybody on excellent audio guide making the visit very efficient. Beautiful gardens well worth a visit. We made the mistake to start our visit at Neues Palace, which is not computer coordinated with Sanssouci, so one should go to Sansouci first, book the tour and while waiting go visit Neues Palace and the spectacular gardens.

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“Fine outdoors; underwhelming and overpriced indoors”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

If you‘re only mildly interested in castles – and in particular if you‘ve already visited Versailles – then you‘ll find much better use of your time than to visit Sanssouci Palace. The outdoors are very grandeur, but everything about the indoors; from the half an hour spent standing in the ticket line; the one hour & then some waiting for your designated entrance time; and then the underwhelming rooms inside the castle (which, on a brighter note, takes a lot less time to walk through), simply aren't worth the bother.

As for the ticket price, it is in the upper region for similar entrance fees in Germany in general (in August 2011; 12 euros with audioguide included). If you'd like to take pictures, you‘ll need to purchase a Photo Permit for additional three euros, which in all fairness is valid for every castle on the premises. However, for Sanssouci Palace alone, it's useless. Flash and tripods are not allowed, and every room, save one, is way too dark for taking pictures without flashlight or long exposure. It gets better: If you have a backpack, you‘ll be ordered to wear it on your chest once you are inside. The visitors are deemed likely to knock something over otherwise. It was quite surreal: The backpack situation sort of a interfered with conventional camera handling; the rooms contained very little of photogenic interest and even when something presented itself worthy of a picture, the rooms are, as previously stated, too dim for no-flash/no-tripod photography.

Obviously I didn‘t enjoy neither the incredible ticket+entrance time-wasting nor what was on offer indoors, but on a positive note, I can merrily report that the audioguide was quite alright. Let it also be noted, that at the time of this writing, SP has 91% approval rating on TripAdvisor, so you might very well love it to bits.

Visited August 2011
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“Rococo fantasy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

Frederick the Great of Prussia was a fascinating man, although the audio guides here leave out the juicy parts. Sanssouci has suffered since he lived there and much of the original furnishings and paintings are lost. There is still exquisite architecture and decoration to enjoy here. The best part is the little tea house called the Chinese Pavilion, a fantasy created when China was known to Europe primarily through porcelain and other art.

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