Neptune Grotto, Potsdam

Neptune Grotto, Potsdam

The Neptune Grotto, known in German as Neptungrotte, is a historic structure in Sanssouci Park. The creation of the grotto was ordered by Frederick the Great, ruler of Prussia, in 1757. It was designed by architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff using a Rococo-inspired theme.

The grotto is intricately carved to reflect its namesake: Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. Neptune holding a trident stands above the entrance. Conches adorn the sides of the structure in the shape of waterfalls. A large shell inside the grotto is made of real shells.

A series of fountains are located around the grotto. However, these fountains were not installed with the ability to expel water so they are fully decorative rather than functional.

The Neptune Grotto may be visited while Sanssouci Park is open. Hours are 6 AM to dusk throughout the year.

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Neptune Grotto on Map

Sight Name: Neptune Grotto
Sight Location: Potsdam, Germany (See walking tours in Potsdam)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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