Chinesisches Haus (Chinese House), Potsdam

4.3
#9 of 48 in Things to do in Potsdam
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.
Create an itinerary including Chinesisches Haus (Chinese House)
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
216 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • August 14, 2017
    One of the highlights in the Park Sanssouci. Extra Einttritt, but alone the Chinese House with its golden ornaments and statues is seen from the outside very worth seeing.
    View original
  • August 2, 2017
    I missed this place on my first trip to the park but glad I returned and got to see it. Is located in the middle of the park and a little off the main pathways but worth the extra walk to get to.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Not very big but a very special tea house. It is striking that many images though Chinese dressed but no oriental face. Within his beautiful paintings. Nice to visit.
    View original
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Potsdam

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Potsdam

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Potsdam by other users

17 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Potsdam BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Potsdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 18 days in Germany, Vienna & Karachi BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Potsdam & Berlin BY A USER FROM ISRAEL November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Potsdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Potsdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Potsdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Potsdam BY A USER FROM INDIA September, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Potsdam BY A USER FROM INDIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Potsdam BY A USER FROM UKRAINE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans