Sanssouci Music Festival

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The south facing garden façade. Frederick the Great ignored his architect's advice to place the piano nobile upon a low ground floor. As a result, the palace failed to take maximum advantage of its location. Its windows are devoid of views, and seen
The south facing garden façade. Frederick the Great ignored his architect's advice to place the piano nobile upon a low ground floor. As a result, the palace failed to take maximum advantage of its location. Its windows are devoid of views, and seen

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Music at Historic Places

Music and dance, theater and opera have traditionally been fostered in the residences of the House of Hohenzollern. For us, this has always been a wonderful source of inspiration to revive the fascinating unity of the fine arts – architecture and landscape gardening, painting and statuary, music, literature and theater. Every year, outstanding artists from all over the world journey to Potsdam (Potsdam vacation rentals | Potsdam travel guide) and Sanssouci, where they perpetuate this artistic tradition. They fill the unique beauty of the Royal concert rooms in Potsdam's and Berlin's palaces with the sound of instruments, speech and song.


Prussian sovereigns and, by their order, the best architects and artists created the most beautiful palaces with a unique interior in and around Potsdam. Most of the rooms serve as a museum of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg and can be toured all year. Let us mention here, among others, Frederick II's concert room and festive halls in the New Chambers and the Palace Theater in the New Palace, the concert room in the Marble Palace and Frederick William III's palm hall in the Orangery of the New Garden. The visitor is equally fascinated by the Raffael hall in the Orangery Palace, Sanssouci and Frederick William IV’s collection of paintings which is displayed there, or the ballroom in Babelsberg Palace. Yet the very special instant in which the fine arts unite, when architecture, interior design, painting, and sculpture meld can only be experienced once a year, during the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. The special flair of the festival's concerts and opera performances feeds on the harmonic triad of internationally renowned artists that present a carefully selected program in unique venues.


Landscape can resemble music with its own rhythm, tonality and timbre. Garden areas – gazebos, open-air hedge theaters, Baroque rondpoints or green arcades – entice the visitor into making music or into promenading. Potsdam's parks with their ingenious fusion of nature and landscape design have always been a place for courtly entertainment, garden festivities and musical diversion. Outside the Royal park grounds, the performance of serenades and music at night also has a long tradition. When, during the music festival, artistic illumination blends with Baroque fireworks and music, an auspicious evening is guaranteed. Such a dream can come true with the »Wandelkonzert« in the New Garden, where the audience promenades from venue to venue, with a concert at the arcaded court house in Babelsberg Park or with the open air concerts at the Orangery Palace in Sanssouci Park. The impressive terraces at the Orangery Palace, that often serve as an illuminated stage for the festival, have attracted thousands of visitors every year.


Prussia's kings and emperors had palaces built and gardens designed. But numerous churches in Potsdam's cultural landscape have also been built because of a Royal order or donation. Frederick II gave the French Church to the Huguenots, the Weavers' Church to the Bohemian weavers in Babelsberg. The Church of Peace in Sanssouci Park was built under Frederick William IV and Crown Prince Frederick William and his wife Victoria initiated the extension and reconstruction of the Bornstedt Church. Empress Auguste Victoria, however, became the founder of various new church buildings, one of them the Church of the Redeemer in Potsdam. They all are traditional venues for the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival; each with its own history and each with its own characteristic features.

Dates for 2011: 06/11 - 06/26

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Anita Irujo

This travel guide has been written by Anita Irujo.

My name is Anita and I was born in Graz, Austria. In 2006, my study abroad brought me to the US for the first time. I left the US after spending almost a year in Savannah, GA, and decided to return to work on my thesis for a few more months. During this time I met my husband and faith has it that I now share the same destiny as many other foreigners I have met since then. They come to study and find themselves staying for good. In my case, for the very best reasons :) Last year, we moved into the Boston area for job opportunities and found ourselves in an environment rich of good food, art and culture. We love dancing (especially Salsa) and enjoy diving into the diverse communities of Boston and Cambridge. German of course is a big part of our lives, I teach my husband German (with a Styrian dialect), we visit a Stammtisch, cook Austrian/German food and indulge in the beer made by the local micro-breweries of Massachusetts.

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