Orangery in Sanssouci Park
One of the largest palaces built in Sanssouci Park is the Orangery Palace. Built by Frederick William IV, the "Romantic on the Throne", the imposing structure has plant halls, a central palace, sculptures, fountains, arcades, and terraces evoking a Mediterranean flair.
Orangery Palace in Sanssouci Park was conceived as the high point of a so-called "Road of Triumph" leading up to the Belvedere Klausberg. The palace includes royal halls with marble statues, a servants' lodging, and two halls to accommodate potted plants. The ensemble was created in the years between 1851 and 1864. During the long phase of construction, the king contributed numerous designs and employed several architects including Ludwig Persius, August Stüler, and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse.
Nowadays the over 300 meter long plant halls still serve as a winter storage for frost-sensitive potted plants. If you stay in Potsdam during the winter months, be sure to pay the Orangery a visit and witness the long tradition of maintaining frost-sensitive plants over the winter. The plant halls are among the largest indoor special-events locations (fitting up 1,000 people per hall) in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.
In the center of the building the imposing Raphael Hall displays a great collection of about 50 copies of Rafael’s paintings such as the Sistine Madonna and the Transfiguration. The deep red walls of the hall accentuate the paintings in a great way. Also the Orangery Palace has two lookout towers from which you have a great overview over the park and its historic buildings.