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Visit the exhibition (by appointment only)
Sunday, October 14, 4:30 to 7 pm
Meeting point: Kaiserbahnhof foyer, 4 pm; short introduction to the exhibition by Susanna Poldauf

Das neue Palais von Sanssouci (© SPSG, Foto: Michael Lüder)

Frederick the Great
Exhibition at the New Palace (15 minutes walking distance from Kaiserbahnhof)
Exhibition poster (PDF, 2,8MB)

On the occasion of Frederick the Great's 300th birthday, the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg is presenting Frederick's outlook on the world in his most splendid palace building, the New Palace, as well as at selected locations in Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. Since the passion for risk-taking was among the monarch's striking characteristics, the title of the major exhibition is FRIEDRISIKO – "Frederick's Risk". Here, a side of the Prussian king can be discovered that has never been seen before, same as previously inaccessible interiors of the palace that Frederick himself planned in every detail.
On an area of 6,000 square meters, including more than 70 heavily restored chambers and halls (some of which are now accessible for the first time), visitors are presented with 12 exhibition topics dealing with the king and his times. In addition to the luxurious original interiors, some 500 unique exhibits can be seen.

Yet where is the connection between Frederick the Great and chess? Frederick invited the best chess players of his time to Sanssouci. Those who decide to visit the exhibition will learn more about what happened at these meetings from Philidor biographer Susanna Poldauf.