Potsdam Palace Night

Potsdam Palace Night

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In summer each year, the parks and palaces of Sanssouci in Potsdam celebrate the bygone pomp and glory of the Prussian Kings.

  • Potsdam Palace Night© dpa
  • New Palace© dpa
  • Potsdam Palace Night© dpa
  • New Palais in Potsdam© Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg/Foto: Wolfgang Pfauder
    Concert room at New Palais in Potsdam Sanssouci
  • Potsdam Palace Night© E. Klöppel

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The Potsdam Palace Night makes the pompous lives of the Prussian kings come alive. For two days, the gardens, temples and palaces around Sanssouci Palace open their doors for visitors and allow them a glimpse into the baroque lifestyle of Frederick the Great and his royal contemporaries.

Brilliantly illuminated park and buildings

Sanssouci, the former summer residence of said Frederick the Great, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site embedded in an extensive park landscape conceived by famed landscape architect Peter Lenné. During Potsdam Palace Night, both park and buildings are brilliantly illuminated and peopled by illustrious figures.

Programme of the Potsdam Palace Night

Throughout the gardens, visitors are greeted by musicians playing classical tunes. Dance and theatre performances give visitors an insight into popular attractions from centuries ago while a number of informal lectures acquaint inquiring minds with the thoughts and visions of the society of the 18th century.

Fireworks over Sanssouci at midnight

Dressed up actors wearing costumes from an era long gone promenade between the Orangerie and the New Palais, the Chinese Tea House and the Roman Baths all evening. The Potsdam Palace Night culminates in a fireworks display at midnight on both Friday and Saturday.

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Sanssouci Park in Potsdam on the map

14469 Potsdam
Opening Hours
20 and 21 August 2021
Friday from 6 p.m., Saturday from 5 p.m.
Admission Fee
About 41 Euros per person, free admission for children under 14. (Please note that the number of tickets is limited and that tickets may sell out quickly.)
Useful hints
Visitors may not bring their own food. Numerous food booths on site provide a wide range of culinary refreshments.

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Photo Galleries (in German)

  • Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2019© dpa
    Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2019
  • Potsdamer Schlössernacht - Extravaganza© Enrico Verworner
    Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2018
  • Potsdamer Schlössernacht© dpa
    Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2017

Source: BerlinOnline

| Last edited: 3. September 2021