Sanssouci Palace

Type: Castle

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In 1744 the Prussian King Frederick II, also known as Frederick the Great, laid out terraced vineyards and, at the tender age of 32, a tomb for himself, where he could live “without cares or worries” (Sans-souci = French for “without cares”). He died there in 1786, old, ill, and bitter; here he spent the greater part of his life, made music, composed, and enjoyed philosophy in the company of a few homophile friends who spoke only French. The structure was enlarged in 1841-1842 with two additional side wings. Finally in 1991 Frederick’s coffin was placed in his tomb next to his beloved dogs.