New Palais, Potsdam, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 24.070 E 013° 00.940
33U E 365002 N 5807511
Quick Description: One of Germany's largest baroque palaces
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Date Posted: 10/13/2007 5:15:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM2CVY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Blue Man
Views: 147

Long Description:

The New Palace is a castle situated on the western side of the Sanssouci royal park in Potsdam. The building was begun in 1763, after the end of the Seven Years' War, under Frederick the Great and was completed in 1769. It is considered to be the last great Prussian baroque palace.

King Frederick the Great, a philosopher and a very modest man never really liked the palace and called a "fanfaronnade", meaning ostentation or swaggering. Except for the southern wing (the so-called royal quarters), he never used the palace as a residence, but rather as a display for the reception of important royals and dignitaries. Only after the foundation of the German Empire in 1871, the castle became a royal residence.

Of the over 200 rooms, four principal gathering rooms and a theater were available for royal functions, balls and state occasions.

Take a virtual tour around the castle with the pictures we took during our visit
Click in the pictures for larger images.

Images above, left and right show parts of the castle's North Wing

Detail of the Western Entrance South Wing The former Kitchen Building, now the office of the Potsdam University Dean

This picture of the Western Side has been pixeled together from the separate images.
Click on the pictures below for larger images.

If you only have one day to explore everything Sanssouci Park has to offer, we strongly recommend skipping the two hour waiting line at Sanssouci Castle and head right here.

There are no waiting lines at the New Palace, and the tour is self-guided, more extensive and a lot cheaper than the tour at Sanssouci. Unfortunately, as in all Potsdam castles, taking pictures inside is not permitted, so for pictures of the interior we have to refer you to
Virtual Sanssouci.

Grotto Hall Marble Gallery Dance Hall

Accessibility: Full access

Condition: Intact

Admission Charge?: yes

Website: [Web Link]

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