The tiered gardens at the Sanssouci palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Potsdam (© Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., photo by Dirk Topel Kommunikation GmbH)
The sumptuous Rococo castle of Sanssouci in Potsdam was commissioned by Frederick the Great (1712–86), who wanted “a place to be without cares.” For his summer retreat, the king of Prussia employed the finest architects of the day to design the Baroque park, the Schloß placed above terraced vineyards, the more sober New Palace, and a few other pavilions scattered in the park. The park and its palaces have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990. Open 10am–6pm (until 5pm in winter). Closed Mon. €15/11.