It is Potsdam’s most famous building. This Rococo-style building was to serve as a retreat, hence the name, Sanssouci, which is French for “without worries.”
These days Sanssouci Palace, along with its magnificent surrounding grounds, draw over one million visitors every year. Both have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Frederick the Great designed the palace himself and commissioned architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff with building it. He created the domed oval-shaped Marble Hall, along with five ornate guest rooms in the western wing of the Marble Hall, while the king’s apartments were set up in the eastern wing.
The palace park was also landscaped according to Frederick’s wishes: A main straight avenue leads through the park past terraced vineyards and fig trees to the outdoor steps leading up to the Palace, a clear representation of Rococo lifestyle.