Versailles vs. Sanssouci

Anyone that knows me knows that I love castles and palaces, they’re beyond beautiful to me. With that being said, I’m sure you can tell from the title that this blog post is going to be about my two favorite palaces.

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Can you guess which one’s which?

Three years ago, in the summer of 2014, I had the chance to visit the amazing Palace of Versailles. Last weekend, I took a day trip to Potsdam, Germany to see Sanssouci Palace. In this post, I’ll be comparing the two gorgeous palaces, sharing which one I prefer, and showing the epic ness that is black girl magic.

(Parts in German as well)

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“…the epicness that is black girl magic”

Let’s start with Sanssouci Palace, definitely a sight to see.

I’ve lived in Berlin for seven months now and I just recently went to see this amazing palace. Part of me is extremely embarrassed, but the other part of me is happy I let the suspense build. And let me just say, it was worth the wait.

I love Sanssouci Palace for so many reasons, but the first would have to be the incredible aesthetic of the buildings. My jaw dropped in awe when I caught the first glimpse of the palace. I couldn’t believe I lived so close to such a beautiful and historic palace.

 

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Das neue Palais wurde zwischen 1763 und 1769 im Auftrag Friedrichs des GroBen unter Leitung der Architekten johann Gottfried Buring, Heinrich Ludwig manager und Carl von Gontard als Sommer-residenz und Gasteschloss errichtet. Es ist Teil des UNESCO-Welterbes der Schlosser und Parks von Potsdam und Berlin.

Im Zentrum des Schlosses befinden sich uber-einander der Marmor- und der Grottensaal. Der MarmorfuBboden des von Johann Melchior Kambly entworfenen Marmorsaals sowie die Decke des von Kambly und dem Bildhauer Matthias Muller konzipierten Grottensaals sind einzigartige Zeugnisse ihrer Zeit und Kunstwerke von inter-nationaler Bedeutung.

Sanssouci Palace is often compared to Versailles because the architects who built Sanssouci (Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, Friedrich Ludwig Persius, and Jan Bouman) are said to have been inspired by the infamous palace in Paris.

I would disagree with this statement. The palaces are vastly different and despite the fact that they have minute similarities doesn’t mean it’s a “copy” of Versailles.

If you plan on visiting Sanssouci Palace, make sure you have a full day to see everything. The actual palace is huge, there are gardens and three additional buildings. You can roam the garden for free, but the entrance fee to the palace is 13 euros for adults.

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Let me know if you’ve visited before and what your thoughts are!

 

Versailles, my beautiful palace…

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I’ll just leave this here.

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been to. From the golden gates, high ceilings covered in paintings, gigantic beds, gorgeous libraries, vibrant sculptures, and must-see gardens, Versailles is one of my favorite places in Europe.

King Louis XIV decided his home in Paris was too small, (what is now the Louvre) which is why Versailles was built in 1682. The palace was abandoned after King Louis’ death in 1715 but was returned to its status as the royal residence in 1722. After the French Revolution in 1789 Versailles ceased to be a permanent royal residence.

 

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When I visited Versailles I was with my study abroad group, so we were on a very tight schedule and unfortunately only had a couple hours there.

I would recommend very comfy shoes and a perhaps a whole weekend to see all this palace has to offer. I remember joking with my classmates about only seeing 1/16th of the palace, it is SO big.

From my memory, the entry fee is 12 euros. Unlike Sanssouci, one can not walk through the gardens without paying the entrance fee.

The Berliner in me wants to say I prefer Sanssouci, but Versailles is just so breathtaking. If I had to pick I would go to Versailles over Sanssouci. But Sanssouci is only 30 minutes away from Berlin compared to Paris being 6 hours.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know your questions, comments, concerns in the comments! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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