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Neues Palais, Potsdam

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The last great Prussian Baroque palace, Neues Palais was a royal playground complete with a theater and several stunning rooms, including Grotto Hall, where the walls are encrusted with marble, quartz, seashells, and stones. The theater is still in use on the second floor, but before you attend a performance, tour the maze of rooms. Your ticket includes access to four grand staterooms, royal apartments, and a tour of the theater. A performance will require a separate ticket. Take advantage of good weather by walking the palace grounds with the Comuns, which housed the servants and the kitchen, and a park where statuary, fountains, and pathways break through the greenery. Plan your Neues Palais visit and explore what else you can see and do in Potsdam using our Potsdam itinerary maker.
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  • This palace is absolutely beautiful. I did not have the opportunity to go inside, but the outside is absolutely gorgeous and the building facing it, which is part of the Potsdam University, is also in...  more »
  • Wow, so much history in this 600 rooms, you cannot visit all of them but it is enough ;-). Situated in the beautiful park of Sanssouci you can walk around and enjoy the other must sees.  more »
  • This is very pompous building was commissioned by Fredrick the Great to demonstrate Prussian economic power.  more »
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  • Really interesting and large place, with a lot of history and interesting rooms. It has ongoing renovations / restoration work, but the rooms available are still large and impressive and interesting. Can only visit as part of a timed tour, which can be in German with the guideu, or using an audioguide of your language of preference. The rooms are large so I never felt cramped with the other visitors on the tour, and never felt rushed on to the next room. Definitely worth the walk from Sans Souci
  • It was very beautiful and there was no nearly enough time to take pictures. FYI, it cost 3 euro to take photos inside, however the photo bracelets are good at all palaces once purchased provided you visit all the palaces in one day. Also, they have pay toilets. The varies by location.
  • It is currently under construction but inside was good. I liked it. At least one hour you need to see the place.
  • The building is under renovation, but still open to public. You may purchase one ticket for this palace and the Sanssouci Palace at the same time, in this way you don't have to get in line once more to purchase ticket, and the ticket print the schedule for both places, you can get in both buildings according the pre-arranged schedule, save time. This two story building, decorated with hundreds of sculptures and more than 200 richly decorated rooms, make it one of Germany's most beautiful palaces. The Rococo interior is the best. Luxurious ceremonial halls, magnificent galleries and richly designed private suites. Take a good look at the first floor great hall which is very detailed decorated with different shells on the ceiling and wall.
  • The New Palace was built by King Frederick the Great to celebrate Prussia’s triumphant victory in the Seven Years’ War. Frederick wanted to show off Prussia's power in the aftermath of the war and built this primarily to receive dignitaries and guests. Opposite the main palace building was built a secondary set of buildings called the Commun that are meant to house the servants of the dignitaries. The New Palace was the last big piece of residence built by King Frederick the Great and considered the last of the towns great baroque architecture. In later years as Prussia transition into an empire in its own right, the emperors choose this as their preferred place of residence. Today there is some renovation going on so you may not be able to visit everything. But if you have time it worthwhile to pop in for a quick look. It's not as pack as Versailles so I find it far more pleasant. Opposite the New Palace is another magnificent building called the Communs. In fact, I was actually more impressed initially by this building with its curved archway that overlooks vast expanse towards the west. This annex to the palace is actually the working section of the New Palace. Visiting dignitaries don't stay here when visiting Prussia but this is where the servants stay, housing the quarters, horse stable, the kitchen etc. Wow, in my mind these servants live in nicer places than me. The Communs is actually 2 buildings on each side, with a colonnade connecting the two buildings together. It's now the University of Potsdam most recognized campus because of the @UNESCO listed building its housed in. Really can't tell at first it's a university. Perhaps they were on summer break on my visit as the place was really quiet to the point I thought these were historical ruins.