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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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  • What a delight to the eye, such design, such color. The fantasy continues inside, where your eyes will see what money and art and vivid imaginations can conceive and create. Enjoy!  more »
  • When I visited, you couldn't go inside. So basically, I walked by, though wow that's kinda ugly, and walked on. I understand that the palace was built because of Frederick's fascination with all thing...  more »
  • Very beautiful but due to some repair work was not easy to see (repairs to exterior statues). Very beautiful building to impress gold. It is worth to read his story.
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  • 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.
  • Very pretty on the outside. Next time I will visit the inside.