Frederic II's successor thought Sanssouci to be old-fashioned. He wanted a modern, English garden like the one owned by Prince Anhalt-Dessau in Wörlitz. And he was drawn to water. His summer palace at Heiliger See offers charming views of the River Havel landscapes and the spacious park. Following comprehensive renovation its beauty has been restored. It is a gem among Potsdam's palaces with its elegant, well-lit concert hall.
Built: 1787-93 as summer residence
Architects: Carl von Gontard, Carl Gotthard Langhans
Principal: Frederick William II.
Expanded according to a design by Michael Philipp Boumanns, completed 1843-48 under Frederic William IV. by Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse