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Chinesisches Haus (Chinese House), Potsdam

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Tucked away in Sanssouci Park, Chinesisches Haus (Chinese House) transports you to China. Commissioned by Frederick the Great in the mid-18th century, the building features an ornate interior with gold leaf, stucco, and marble detailing monkeys with musical instruments. The painted ceiling depicts men surrounded by parrots, more monkeys, and Buddha statues. On your way in or out, look up so you don't miss the cupola that crowns the house's roof so you can glimpse the gilded Chinese figure with an open parasol. This little taste of China will make an interesting addition to German vacation snaps. Use our Potsdam vacation trip planner to arrange your visit to Chinesisches Haus (Chinese House) and other attractions in Potsdam.
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  • I think they should provide a ticket to see the whole park instead of keeping on facing asd sons everywhere as for this one. Having said that, this palace was not even open and no poster or sign with ...  more »
  • This is my most precious impression of a walk in the park of Sanssouci. I was here on an annual walk, which was timed to coincide with the annual ball in Potsdam as part of my dance troupe. Getting to...  more »
  • The Chinese House is such a tasteful location. Excellent restoration , a lot of Gold and glimmer. Unfortunately it was closed, because of the early season. But people love the Park and the Chinese hou...  more »
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  • This is an icon of European baroque architecture that imitates an imagined China--in other words, chinoiserie. It is an amazingly crazy building with a big floppy round roof and life-size golden statues outside of "coffee-drinking Chinese"--no, Chinese didn't drink coffee then but for Europeans of that era (early to mid 1700s) coffee was an exotic eastern beverage so the Chinese must have enjoyed it too! This is really a highly if the Sanssouci park, which itself is a must-see for Berlin visitors. If it's open, buy a ticket and go inside. If not, a walk around it to see the statues and the detail is worth it.
  • The greater park is a vast expanse to explore. I call it a vast expanse as I had to cycle really far from one point to another and I'm still considered within Sanssouci Park. Plenty of sites within the park itself, including this one which is the Chinese Tea House. I chuckled at this as this doesn't resemble anything of Chinese architecture. Rather, it's the reimagination of Chinese culture by the court at the time who was fascinated by Chinese goods that was brought in by Dutch traders such as pearls, silk and porcelain. Plenty of details were off.
  • We didn't take a tour inside but roamed around it! It looks pretty from outside, but he sure not to miss it. Keep a watch while walking through the main roads of the gardens!
  • Best way to see this is place is to go on a bike tour. That way you can see most of the grounds quickly and easily.
  • It's a cool representation of the chinoiserie that was going on in the 18th century. Although I think its a bit steep to charge a few euro to go inside when you can see the inside with through the windows.