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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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  • An incredible building, unfortunately, is at the time, by the many restorations, about something difficult. One can hardly believe it: as was already built, and with what tricks. So for example only the right, private rooms of "old Fritz" are real stone, the rest of the building is cleaned and the stones are painted together with the joint, you can see it but only if you know it. Diesgeschah but only for reasons of time. The two pompous building opposite (today University of Potsdam) were a the kitchen and laundry. The interiors, as far as one could see, are so beautiful and precious: the Grotto Hall with the whole precious stones on the walls to find clams there polished agates, crystals, etc. Paintings and furniture in other rooms and the bedrooms, all madness, you should absolutely buy a photography permit!
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  • Beautiful Palace! Is in the midst of reform and will be ready in 2018. Many statues surrounding, magnificent light poles of such beauty, beautiful landscape on the outskirts. After retired is sure to be a tourist attraction not to be missed!
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  • The Palace is located in the Park, along with the other palaces. On the outside is the cutest, but I haven't been able to visit since it was closed on the day, better check the website often is open
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  • It is currently under construction but inside was good. I liked it. At least one hour you need to see the place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great audio guides here in english. They also have a kids version that you can play which is actually more entertaining than the stuffy adult version. Sounds like it is voiced by Dr. Who. The rooms are very impressive.