Sanssouci Palace is the main attraction in Potsdam, a picturesque city less than an hour outside Berlin. It is the rococo summer home of Friedrich the Great and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The influence of King Frederick's personal taste in the design and decoration of the palace was so great that its style is characterised as "Frederician Rococo", and his feelings for the palace were so strong that he conceived it as "a place that would die with him".
Although Sanssouci is often counted among the German rivals of Palace of Versailles, it is far smaller than its French Baroque counterpart. Containing just ten principal rooms, the palace was built on the brow of a terraced hill at the centre of the Sanssouci park. It is little more than a large, single-story villa where King Frederik most preferred to retreat in the company of his dogs.
Potsdam is also home to a few other stunning palaces including the New Palace and the Orangery Palace. The palaces are connected by extensive landscaped grounds filled with classical statues, garden mazes, and ornate fountains. If you have more than a couple of days to spend in Berlin, Potsdam and its famous palaces are well worth a day trip.