Also known as the Chinese Tea House, the garden pavilion was created between 1755 and 1764 based on sketches by Frederick the Great and is one of the eye-catchers in Sanssouci Park. The interior of the tea house can only be visited from April to November, and there is a ticket vending machine around the corner.
May until October
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time
November to April
May 13, 2016
The Chinese House, also known as the Chinese Tea House,  is a garden pavilion in Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. Frederick the Great had the building erected about 660 meters southwest of the Sanssouci Summer Palace to decorate his ornamental and utility garden. The planning was commissioned by the master builder Johann Gottfried Büring, who created a pavilion in the style of the Chinoiserie from 1755 to 1764 based on sketches by the king, a mixture of ornamental style elements of the Rococo style and parts of East Asian designs.
The unusually long construction period of nine years is due to the Seven Years' War, during which the economic and financial situation of Prussia suffered considerably. Only after the end of the war, in 1763, were the cabinets in the interior of the garden pavilion furnished. Since the building not only served as an ornamental garden architecture but also as an exotic backdrop for smaller festivities, Frederick the Great ordered a Chinese kitchen to be built a few meters southeast of the Chinese house. After a renovation in 1789, only the hexagonal windows are reminiscent of the East Asian character of the former farm building.
July 14, 2020
During the opening times you can buy a ticket and see the inside of the tea house. But the tea house is also very interesting from the outside. With the help of golden sculptures, fun, partying and enjoyable drinking are represented. The house tells a story from the outside and lets you dream
April 16, 2021
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