The Neues Palais, a much larger and grander palace than Sanssouci, stands at the end of the long avenue that runs through Sanssouci Park. It was built after the Seven Years' War (1756–63), when Frederick loosened the purse strings. It's said he wanted to demonstrate that the state coffers hadn't been depleted too severely by the long conflict. Interiors that impress include the Grotto Hall with walls and columns set with shells, coral, and other aquatic decor. The royals'
upper apartments have paintings by 17th-century Italian masters. You can opt to tour the palace yourself only on weekends between late April and mid-May.
Str. am Neuen Palais, Sanssouci, Potsdam, 14469, Germany
Jan 4, 2011
I've visited many palaces/castles and this is the least impressive I've ever seen. It felt like it was open for those of us dummies who didn't realize SansSouci was closed that day, so we had a backup castle to visit. It is big, but outside of the interesting grotto hall, there is just nothing opulent or beautiful or impressive there. Check the days, and go see SansSouci if you want to go to Potsdam.