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. Using our international travel planner, Potsdam attractions like Chinesisches Haus (Chinese House) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This circular Pavilion, adorned with gilded statues, is the result of 18-century mania for all Chinese. Inside-exhibition of Chinese porcelain.
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  • It was shut in winters so we could only see it from outside. The architecture was rich. Would love to see form inside in summers.  more »
  • Construction of Chinese type in the middle of the Park. It seems that it was never used. It is worth to see it. Recommended
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  • Great pavilion. Impressive architecture. The building is very well decorated. Nice statues and pictures.
  • I was very surprised with this pavilion. This is the best architecture object in Potsdam, from my point of view. It is very cosy and outstanding. Like from farytail! I felt like princess in some far, far away gorgeous "Mulan" house. 😊 You do not expect that much of it, and when you see it actually, it has its own charm, good decoration, Asian spirit, too much details. Looove it! Must visit!😍
  • To be honest, one of the most beautiful parts in gardens (yes, I know, it is not german cultural heritage).
  • This is a depiction of what Europeans imagined Chinese to look like in the XVIII century. Note that it is closed in winter.
  • 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.

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