Walks in Sanssouci Park and other suggestions

Anyone who comes to Potsdam naturally wants to see Sanssouci Palace and take a walk in one of Potsdam’s parks. Is Potsdam beautiful in autumn? Yup! But is it worth a trip to Potsdam and an autumn walk in the parks in the uncomfortable season? Decidedly! It is actually a great idea, because especially in autumn you can enjoy the beauty of Potsdam’s gardens in peace.

Sanssouci Park

As mentioned in the beginning, it is Sanssouci Park and Sanssouci Palace that is located there that draws most of the tourists to Potsdam. The park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1990 and covers approximately 300 hectares. A must on any visit to Potsdam. In the summer months, the steps leading up to Old Fritz’s summer palace are already overcrowded and the park, which is spacious, is crowded. In short: it is full. In autumn, however, it is much quieter and more relaxed in Sanssouci Park. It is also possible to take souvenir photos on the stairs leading up to the castle without seeing dozens of other tourists in the photo.

Empty as always: the stairs of the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam.
Source: Giulio Frick

Furthermore, in addition to Corona, it is much easier to buy tickets for the many castles in the park.

In addition to the Sanssouci Palace, you must have seen the New Palace, the Orangerie, the Roman Baths and the small but fine Charlottenhof Palace and, of course, the gilded tea house. The short detour to the Marly Garden and Friedenskirche is always worthwhile.

Golden October in the Marly Garden in Sanssouci Park.
Source: Bernd Gartenschläger

mountain of ruins

The so-called Hill of Ruins is across the street from Sanssouci Palace. Warning: all fake, but old! In the mid-18th century, Frederick II had a water basin built there, from which the fountains of the Sanssouci Park were to be fed. It is said that the success was not that great during his lifetime. However, Old Fritz had given the order to surround the despicable water basin with an artistic arrangement of colossal columns, a round Doric temple and pyramid and a ruined wall modeled after an ancient theater.

One of the “ruins” on the mountain of ruins in Potsdam.
Source: Bernd Gartenschläger

A century later, under King Frederick William IV, the Norman tower almost 23 meters high, modeled on a medieval watchtower, was added. From there you have a 360 ° view that extends to the castle on the Pfaueninsel and the Wilhelmshöhe near Werder (Havel).

Potsdam city guides recommend walks

New garden

On the other hand, at the northern end of Potsdam, there is another park that is worth a detour, especially when the weather is bad: The New Garden. With an area of ​​around 100 hectares, it is about three times smaller than Sanssouci Park. Visiting in the fall is perhaps the best time to enjoy a relaxing walk in the park. In the summer this is almost impossible. The garden includes the Holy Lake, which over time has become one of the most popular bathing spots for the people of Potsdam – much to the annoyance of the Castle Foundation, even beyond the tolerated bathing area in the north of the lake. Especially after a summer weekend, the unpleasant consequences manifest themselves in the form of empty bottles, pizza boxes and other waste. So let’s go in the fall. In any case, we recommend a visit to the Cecilienhof Palace, in the Marble Palace – opposite the villas on the outskirts of Berlin, home of Günther Jauch, among others. We highly recommend a walk to the Glienicker Bridge (“Agent Bridge” and filming location of “Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks) and a detour to the Meierei Inn, with a great view of the Jungfernsee. But it must be said here that it is even more beautiful in the summer, since the beer garden right on the water is open. However, no season can harm the quality of the beer. Prince Philip, the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has already (illegally) drank a beer there – and thought it was good.

Lookout on the Pfingstberg

The Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, located above the New Garden, offers one of the most beautiful views across Potsdam to Berlin. The magnificent building was erected in the mid 19th century. Left in ruins in GDR times, the Belvedere was lovingly restored shortly after reunification and saved from decay. The entrance fee is worth it, and by the way, you can also get married there.

What a view! Here is the view from the beginning of October 2019 towards the center of Potsdam.
Source: Varvara Smirnova

Tip: Take a tour of the Belvedere, explore the Pfingstberg. Just outside the Belvedere is the Pomona Temple. This is the first building designed by the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1801.

Babelsberg Park

Park Babelsberg looks almost wild compared to the New Garden or Sanssouci Park. The garden area is also younger than the other two. It was only arranged around 1833 on behalf of Prince William (later Kaiser William I). From the hills around the neo-Gothic Babelsberg Castle you have a wonderful view of the Glienicke Bridge and the Glienicke Castle Park.

Babelsberg Castle.
Source: Bernd Gartenschläger

Many winding paths invite you for a stroll. There is something new to discover around almost every bend: streams and artificial lakes have been integrated into the beautiful landscape. One of Potsdam’s two outdoor swimming pools is located below the palace, directly on the Tiefen See. However, many Potsdamers prefer the numerous wild bathing spots away from the official baths. As in the New Garden, and here too much to the annoyance of the Schlossstiftung, here in summer it gets hot and there are parties. So enjoy the peace and quiet in the fall. Klein Glienicke is also very easy to reach from Park Babelsberg, the former eastern enclave in the west, also known as the “Annex to the GDR”. For decades, you could only enter as a resident or with a pass. From there it is not far the Glienicke Bridge and the New Garden (see above).

INFORMATION: On the Castello Foundation website there is an overview of all open castles and their respective opening times, as well as entrance tickets. Further information at www.spsg.de.

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