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.