Orangery Palace, Potsdam

Orangery Palace, Potsdam (must see)

King Frederick William IV of Prussia built the Orangery Palace from 1851 to 1864. It was originally part of a larger plan with more buildings. However, only the Orangery Palace and the Triumphtor Gate were built due to political unrest and a lack of funds.

Architects Friedrich August Stüler, Friedrich Ludwig Persius, and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse designed the palace. The palace features Italian Renaissance style and has a 300 meter long (984 foot) front. The main palace has two towers and is flanked by two side wings. The side wings house public offices.

King Frederick William IV’s wife commissioned a statue of her husband, which is now displayed in front of the peristyle.

Raffael Hall is located in the main palace and has 50 copies of Raffael’s paintings. The beautiful hall has a large skylight, and the paintings are displayed on walls covered with red silk. Raffael Hall emulates the Vatican’s Sala Regia and has been open to the public since its inception.

The Orangery Palace’s grounds feature several gardens, including the Paradise Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Norse Garden, and Sicilian Garden. The Orangery was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

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Orangery Palace on Map

Sight Name: Orangery Palace
Sight Location: Potsdam, Germany (See walking tours in Potsdam)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Potsdam, Germany

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Create Your Own Walk in Potsdam

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Sanssouci Park Walking Tour

Sanssouci Park Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
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Neuer Garten Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles