New Palace (Neues Palais) Tours and Activities
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The Neues Palais (New Palace) is the largest 18th-century structure in Potsdam’s Sanssouci Park. Situated on the western side of the park, the building was completed under Prussian King Friedrich II in 1769. It is the last palace that Frederick the Great built in the Potsdam park grounds — no further baroque palaces were built in Germany after this one. Once the royal residence during the German Empire (1871-1918), the New Palace is made up of opulent main reception rooms, beautiful galleries, and luxurious royal apartments.
Today, the New Palace is home to the University of Potsdam’s philosophy department, and various other institutes. Out of the 200 palatial rooms, some 60 can be viewed by visitors. Among these are the Grottensaal (Grotto Hall), the Marmorgalerie (Marble Gallery), and the guest apartments. The Visitor’s Hall is located in the historic Südtorgebäude (South Tower), and is a reception point for groups of visitors as well as a multimedia information center for adults and for children. A bronze model located here allows blind and visually impaired visitors to literally get a feel for the park. The New Palace also has an on-site restaurant (Fredersdorf), which combines the fresh, modern kitchen with a royal backdrop.
For an additional cost of one Euro, visitors can opt for a guided tour of the New Palace. The New Palace’s opening hours vary seasonally; generally it is open one hour later during the summer months, though it is closed on Fridays year-round. Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time.
Address: Park Sanssouci, Potsdam 14469, Germany
Hours: Saturday-Thursday, 9am-5pm; closed Fridays
2 Tours and Activities to Experience New Palace (Neues Palais)
Explore Potsdam on this morning tour and discover the Brandenburg town of gardens and royalty with a local guide. Taking in sights of major palaces such as Sanssouci, New Palace, and Schloss Cecilienhof as well as the baroque old town, the tour showcases the most interesting corners of the city as tales of Potsdam’s bygone kings ring in your ears. If you travel in the summer months, the tour also includes a ticket for a Potsdam hop-on hop-off bus tour.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Your guide and driver will make you as a native of Potsdam for an authentic experience. The extraordinary sightseeing tour to the highlights of Potsdam takes place with the Russian mini-bus "Buchanka". Ideal for those who want to get to know Potsdam in a compact, intensive and comfortable way.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are New Palace (Neues Palais) hours of operation?
New Palace (Neues Palais) hours of operation: Saturday-Thursday, 9am-5pm; closed Fridays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience New Palace (Neues Palais)?
The best ways to experience New Palace (Neues Palais) are:
- City and Palaces Tour Potsdam - Stadt- und Schloesserrundfahrt Potsdam
- Potsdam Highlights - Private sightseeing tour by minibus
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