King Frederick II’s Sanssouci Palace
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The grounds of the Sanssouci Palace are located outside of the city of Potsdam (Potsdam vacation rentals | Potsdam travel guide), which is located near Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide), and you can get to it by bus, train or rental car. The grounds are so impressive and so massive that—if it is a nice day—they can consume an entire day.
King Frederick II (also known as Frederick the Great) lived during the 17th Century and united a significant portion of Prussia’s territory during his lifetime. He was known for being sensitive to the Enlightenment Movement while simultaneously ruling with ruthless authority. When King Frederick II was a teenager, he tried to flee from his father in order to escape becoming king. However, he was captured and, as punishment, was forced to watch his childhood friend beheaded.
Another reason that the Sanssouci palace grounds feel so endless is that there are multiple buildings that served as palaces, notably the New Palace, which was built by King Frederick II simply to show off his power. The palaces display Rococo and Baroque architecture.
When we came to the official Sanssouci Palace there was no mistaking it. Standing on a hill with intricate arbor of grapevines rolling down in front of it, the Sanssouci Palace looked both cold and secretive, like a lost empire. The tour inside is worth the price. One of the rooms King Frederick II had decorated specifically to the tastes of the writer, Voltaire. Dazzling beyond any verbal description, the walls are completely composed of gold that is shaped into nature scenes that include vines and life-size birds. The decorations are three-dimensional and jump out at you from all sides. The intricacy and deliberation of the work is awe-inspiring, and lends credit to the rumor that Voltaire and he were more than just friends. The fact that the poet—for reasons unknown—stopped visiting King Frederick II before the room’s completion, and in fact never saw the room himself, is a poetic tragedy on multiple levels.
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