We wandered along the road from Sanssouci and came upon the Orangerie. There were no directional signs. The orangerie was built from 1851-1864. We just happened to be there a few minutes before 3:00 so we paid for the 30 minute tour. Little did we know it was going to be totally in German for the entire time. We were handed an English brochure but it had little information about the few rooms that we toured. Everyone had to put on the felt slippers that went over the shoes. My husband wears a size 12 and they were rather hard to shuffle in due to the lack of larger sizes.
The Raphael Hall with the red walls and the copies of the paintings of Raphael was impressive. The Malachite room was elaborate with the inlaid furniture. The English speakers had really no idea about each of the rooms even though the tour guide was very fluent in English as well.
The hall where the plants had been must have been beautiful but now it is just an empty hall with windows.
Since the tour was in German, I would really not recommend coming here unless you have a full day pass and just want to look at the rooms.
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