Located in the city of Potsdam just southwest of Berlin, Sans Souci, meaning “without care” was the place where the great Kaiser would go to kick back, entertain international dignitaries, famous philosophers and celebrities of his day and pursue his cultural pursuits (Frederick was extremely interested in music and philosophy as a child).
When he became King of Prussia (today Germany and parts of Poland), Frederick decided to build a palace that in some ways would rival that of Versailles in France. The result was a long, one-story structure with a large, round turquoise dome at the top, two round pavilions on each side and several tiered gardens surrounding the structure. In later years several extensions and separate palaces were added including the 638 room Neue Palace and the Schlosshotel Cecilienhof, begun at the outset of World War I by Crown Prince Wilhelm in 1913. 1
In addition to being the holiday home of Germany’s Kaisers, Sans Souci was also the site of the famous Potsdam Conference in 1945 where US President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and English Prime Minister Winston Churchill met to discuss the post-World War II environment. Visitors to Sans Souci can visit the very rooms where this historic conference took place and even spend the night on the same grounds as 41 rooms have been converted in to hotel suites. The most famous of these suites is known as the Hohenzollern Suite, reportedly the place where Germany’s last King, William II, lived for a time. There is also a very fine (and expensive) restaurant that is worth checking as well.
For more information including hours of operation, visit the Potsdam Tourism site for details.
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