Excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Potsdam

Summit 2018: internal event

23/06/2018, 14:00 – 18:00

Europa Nostra

Sanssouci Palace & Cecilienhof Palace
Maulbeerallee & Im Neuen Garten 11
D-14469 Potsdam
Brandenburg

The Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG) and in cooperation with the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci organises three excursions to the UNESCO World Heritage Palaces and Parks of Potsdam for Europa Nostra members and winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2018.

Option 1
Visit to Sanssouci Palace followed by Open-Air Concert and Picnic in Sanssouci Park

Sanssouci is a unique ensemble of architecture and landscape gardening from the 18th-19th centuries, frequently referred to as the “Prussian Versailles”. Sanssouci means “without a care”. As the summer residence of King Frederick the Great, the Palace became his favorite place and sanctuary in difficult times.

The excursion will start with a guided tour of the Palace’s original 18th-century interior, which is a clear expression of the King’s love of beautiful surroundings, followed by a walk through the well-known vineyard terraces.

After this guided visit, participants will join a picnic and open-air concert at the Sanssouci Park (picnic baskets will be provided). At beautifully decorated tables in royal surroundings, you will enjoy your food whilst listening to exquisite Baroque and Folk music along with Mediterranean compositions.

Programme Overview

14:00: Departure by bus from Berlin to Potsdam

15:20-16:30: Guided tour of the Sanssouci Palace and Park

17.00-19.30: Picnic and concert at the Sanssouci Park

19.30: Return by bus from Potsdam to Berlin

Option 2
Visit to the Picture Gallery at Sanssouci Palace followed by Open-Air Concert and Picnic in Sanssouci Park

The Picture Gallery, a structure built specifically to house King Frederick the Great’s art collection, is one of the most majestic 18th-century buildings in Europe. It is the oldest surviving gallery building in Germany. King Frederick the Great commissioned the gallery to be built next to the Sanssouci Palace and the New Chambers, from 1755-1763, to house his newly assembled painting collection. Today, over 140 outstanding paintings from the 16th-18th centuries can be still seen in the gallery, including Caravaggio’s Doubting Thomas, five works by Anthony van Dyck, seven works by Peter Paul Rubens, including his St. Jerome, as well as paintings by Jan Lievens, Jacob Jordaens and others.

The excursion will start with a guided tour of the Picture Gallery followed by a walk through the well-known vineyard terraces of Sanssouci Park.

After this guided visit, participants will join a picnic and open-air concert at the Sanssouci Park (picnic baskets will be provided). At beautifully decorated tables in royal surroundings, you will enjoy your food whilst listening to exquisite Baroque and Folk music along with Mediterranean compositions.

Programme Overview

14:00: Departure by bus from Berlin to Potsdam

15:20-16:30: Guided tour of the Picture Gallery and Sanssouci Park

17.00-19.30: Picnic and concert at the Sanssouci Park

19.30: Return by bus from Potsdam to Berlin

Option 3
Visit to Sanssouci Palace and Cecilienhof Palace

Sanssouci is a unique ensemble of architecture and landscape gardening from the 18th-19th centuries, frequently referred to as the “Prussian Versailles”. Sanssouci means “without a care”. As the summer residence of King Frederick the Great, the Palace became his favorite place and sanctuary in difficult times.

The excursion will start with a guided tour of the Palace’s original 18th-century interior, which is a clear expression of the King’s love of beautiful surroundings, followed by a walk through the well-known vineyard terraces.

Participants of this excursion will then visit Cecilienhof Palace built between 1913-1917, according to plans by Paul Schultze, in the style of a country manor and the last palace erected by the Hohenzollerns. The Palace’s appearance was adapted to the natural surroundings through the use of traditional materials, such as brick and wood. It fits beautifully into the northern part of the New Garden, which was created at the end of the 18th century in style of an English landscape garden.
From 17 July to 2 August 1945, the Cecilienhof Palace hosted the summit meeting of World War II’s victorious powers, which was attended by the “Big Three” – the American president Harry S. Truman, the British prime minister Winston Churchill (followed by his successor Clement Attlee), and the Soviet head of state Joseph Stalin. The Potsdam Conference was one of the most important historical events of the 20th century. The Potsdam Agreement adopted at Cecilienhof laid the groundwork for a new order in Germany, Europe, and the world.

Programme Overview

14:15: Departure by bus from Berlin to Potsdam
15:30-16.20: Guided tour of the Sanssouci Palace and Park

16.30: Departure by bus to Cecilienhof Palace

16.50-17.50: Guided tour of Cecilienhof Palace

18.00: Return by bus from Potsdam to Berlin

Addresses:

Options 1/2:
Sanssouci Palace
Maulbeerallee
D-14469 Potsdam

Option 3:
Cecilienhof Palace
Im Neuen Garten 11
D-14469 Potsdam

Photo: Hans Bach
© Stiftung Preußi-sche Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

The event language is English. Registration is required and open to Europa Nostra Members only.

Europa Nostra Excursion to Potsdam – Option I: Schloss Sanssouci + Garden Picnic and Concert – € 80
Europa Nostra Excursion to Potsdam – Option II: Picture Gallery at Schloss Sanssouci + Garden Picnic and Concert – € 80
Europa Nostra Excursion to Potsdam – Option III: Schloss Sanssouci + Schloss Cecilienhof | € 60