Germany Part 2 - Potsdam (Sanssouci Palace)

We had spent a day trip travelling to Potsdam to visit the Sanssouci Palace and the surrounding park area. It was about an hour travel time to get to Potsdam from Berlin by train and bus. We had purchased our tickets online, but had to purchase the photo passes the day of. Signage was poor as we got lost trying to find the registration/ticket booth to purchase our photo passes for the entire park. The park ground was huge and little did I realize, there'd be only one public bathroom in the park area, which was by the entrance. 

Potsdam - Sanssouci Palace and Park

Sanssouci would be translated to "without concern" and was a summer palace for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The art and architecture of the palace was decorated in Rococo style. The palace itself was a piece of artwork. The workmanship and attention to detail was breathtaking.

Inside Sanssouci Palace - Rococo styled art
Ceiling of a room in Sansoucci palace - zodiac signs
Sanssouci garden park

The palace faced a beautiful garden full of fountains and vineyards to the south overlooking the park. The King loved his wine and grew his own grapes to produce wine at his footsteps.

West of the palace was the New Chambers. It was a guest palace for the King's distinguished visitors. It too was decorated in the Rococo style. The embellishments were stunning. Plenty of jeweled and gold applications could be seen in the rooms.

New Chambers hall
ceiling artwork of new chambers hall
Long hallway, where each room was connected in a singular path and could be seen if all doors were open.

It was very interesting listening to the audio guide while touring around the Sanssouci palace and surrounding park areas. In Sanssouci palace and the New Chambers, each room was connected in a linear pathway. If all doors were left open, one would be able to see down the long hallway into each and every room.

After touring through the New Chambers, we made our way through the vast greenery in the park towards the Orangery. It was the last palace to be constructed on the park grounds. It was also deemed as the longest building stretching up to 300 meters in length. The interior was designed with the style elements combining Neo-Classism and Neo-Rococo. Access inside was only provided through a guided tour. Most of the tours available were only in German, however, they had provided us information sheets in English. 

Slipper covers

In order to protect the original floors, guests were asked to wear slippers over their shoes/boots for the duration of the guided tour.

The Orangery was in Italian renaissance style and it was a place where exotic and precious plants were stored in the winter. Located at the center of the building, was a room decorated with a large collection of copies of paintings from the Italian master, Raphael. It was a very cold hall with a beautiful skylight. Lighting was placed thoughtfully in order to produce even and reflection-free lighting for the paintings.

Oranger in Sanssouci Park - Raphael Hall
New Palace (Neues Palais)
Grotto Hall - seashells

After the tour at the Orangery, we headed towards the west-end of the park to the New Palace. Upon entering the palace, you would be greeted by the grand and lavish hall. That was the Grotto Hall. It was very impressive and stunning. I haven't seen anything quite like the Grotto Hall before. There was meticulous attention to the placement of each seashells, precious stones, and fossils on its marbled walls. I could've sat in that hall for days just admiring the beautiful artistry on display. 

Grotto Hall
Grotto Hall - seashell, rocks and fossil placed on marble wall
Grotto Hall - display of 3 dolphins

The design of the dolphins were very reminiscent of how the Japanese displayed dolphins. 

Interior rooms of the Neues Palais were marvelously designed and furnished. This room had the theme of nature. The porcelain chandelier displayed exquisite attention to detail. A beautiful work of art.

Porcelain chandelier in Neues Palais
Neues Palais - Silver Concert Hall 

Before leaving the park grounds, we were able to squeeze in one more palace in our day. Charlottenhof Palace was originally a manor and the property was presented to Frederick William III's son as a Christmas gift. It became a summer residence for his son and wife.

Out of the rooms, the most interesting and memorable was the "Tent Room". In the 18th and 19th century, it was a trend to have a tent room and the first tent room was originally designed for Napolean near Paris.

Tent room in Charlottenhof Palace