Sanssouci Park is full of fresh air thank to its trees and different varieties of flowers. It was the summer Rococo style residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The park contains more than 10 buildings spread over 300 hectares of the park. Two of these include the the tea room and the Roman baths.
Go to Potsdam, a perfect place to relax from the hustle of the city, walking through the gardens and palaces. Southwest of Berlin, just over 25 km, it's the capital of the state of Brandenburg. It housed the splendor and decadence of the Prussian Empire until the Weimar Republic was established in 1919. The focus of Potsdam is Sanssoucci Park, Unesco World Heritage, which offers a complex of palaces and gardens, begun in the eighteenth century during the reign of Frederick the Great, expanded later in the nineteenth century. Remarks: The Sanssouci Palace, Rococo, made for the enjoyment of the King, a refuge for Frederick the Great's private life and where he could indulge his love of music. The Renaissance Orangerie or Orangery Palace, a guest house for foreign royalty. The Neues Palais, or New Palace, the late Baroque summer residence of the royal family. The Chinese Tea House or Casa China expressing the taste of the time for Chinese architecture, elegant and cheerful. The Friedenskirche or Peace Church in Italian architectural style. To get to Potsdam from Berlin the S7 stations joins central Berlin Friedrichstrasse and the Potsdam-Hauptbahnhof Hauptbahnhof.
Located in the Park Sanssouci, Neues Palais is a castle in which several members of the Prussian royal family resided. It's definitely worth the visit, and there aren't usually many people. Also, the recent conservation work around the palace is an added reason to visit.
This tower is located in Babelsberg Park (which has a [poi = 178191] palace [/ poi] of the same name), on a small hill, just outside Potsdam. Built in the Gothic style between 1853 and 1856, the tower was modelled after the Torturm Eschenheimer in Frankfurt/Main. There is a moat surrounding the tower whose water is used for irrigation within the park.
I came to this park to see palaces and the truth is that they're spectacular. ([poi = 81001] Sanssouci [/ poi], [poi = 171501] the New Palace [/ poi]), but I found myself in front of this magnificent, perfectly-preserved mill. Admittedly I'm passionate about buildings like that. It's in the northeast of the park, near the Sanssouci palace. If desired, and after passing through the box office, you can see inside.
Originally settled by the Dutch, this place definitely has a different air. As if it weren't so German. Or maybe it's just not as Prussian. Although we can not say either that walking the streets feeling one can be transferred to a Dutch town environment. In that strange mixture is its charm. There are many bars, cafés and shops. Potsdam is a university town and it really shows here.
If you come to Berlin in spring or summer and visit Sansoucci Castle in Potsdam, you will also know this 18 century tea house. Not in use now, but for its décor and its historical significance, worth a visit. Frederick the Great had it built when the East became fashionable, first in Germany, then in France and the UK. The trend was called Chinoiserie, and both the figures and the decoration of the walls were made imitating models of vases and china. Interestingly, the architect and the painters had never been to Asia. The interesting thing is the magnificent result of gilded figures that decorate this mini clover shaped construction. I always pause to contemplate the Lord Mandarin with umbrella sitting on the tea house. Perhaps it is too ornate, the fusion of Eastern and Rococo styles, but is from a period which admired Chinese culture and therefore also the most universal plant, tea.
The New Chambers were built by King Frederick the Great of Prussia between 1771 and 1775. The building west of Sanssouci Palace, serves as a complement to the Picture Gallery, which is to the east. Both buildings flanking the summer palace. The rooms replaced a greenhouse, allowing the accommodation of guests. Right behind them is the famous Mill Park.
In the park of the same name, surrounded by lakes, is where you'll find the less well known [poi = 81001] Sanssouci palace [/ poi] and [poi = 171501] the New Palace [/ poi]. They're a little further away from the center of town. Babelsberg Palace is Gothic style, was built in 1833 as a summer residence for which later became the Emperor William I. Impressive also the garden surrounding the palace, English style.
Nothing else is like this door, I thought it like one of the castles of Playmobil! In design, color. Seems like it was built yesterday, how well preserved. The first Nauener Tor (Nauen Gate) was built around 1720 about 400 meters from the present site. The second was built in 1733. In 1755 the gate was rebuilt in its present form by the architect Johann Gottfried Büring on the basis of a scheme of Federico II. Originally there was a city wall connecting the Nauen door with the other two doors, Jägertor and the "small" Brandenburg Gate. Today the three gates are connected by a boardwalk.
This church is one of the jewels of Sanssouci Park and was built according to the wishes, and with the close involvement of, King Frederick William IV and designed by court architect Ludwig Persius. The building was inaugurated on September 24, 1848 and its style is very similar to Italian monasteries. I could not see the church inside, but outside is impressive, I walked around the yard next to a lake ... it's simply beautiful!
In the heart of the Dutch quarter and end of a wide street, we found this Catholic Church (curious, considering the Potsdam is distinctly Protestant, from the sixteenth century) where the King sergeant invited Catholic workers, from the city Liege, to settle in Potsdam .. More impressive inside than the outside, due to the paintings, decorating the domes, columns, nothing is unpainted.
One more of the castles, palaces that we can find in the park of Babelsberg, Potsdam outside. If it had been located elsewhere, it would be considered a magnificent palace on the shore of a lake, but being where it is, there is too much competition. Anyway, as all are very close, I recommend doing a tour visiting all the castles
Orangery Palace began to built after the preliminary drawings of Frederick William IV. The architects Friedrich August Ludwig and Ferdinand Hesse Stüler converted the drawings into reality. The building, 300 meters long, was built in the style of the Italian Renaissance, like the Villa Medici in Rome and the Uffizi in Florence. In the niches along the side of the castle garden annex, there are allegorical figures of the months and seasons. In the building on the corner are the royal apartments Greenhouse and utility rooms. In front are enormous and exotic gardens. When I was there they were restoring it and it did not look at its best, but it is one of the most beautiful buildings of the park (very difficult to pick just one)
In 1732, Prussian King Frederick William I, also known as "The Soldier King" ordered a church to be built in Potsdam to be used by elite soldiers. In 1736, they installed a carillon of 40 bells in the steeple of the church. In 1796, Queen Louise asked for two hymns from the bell and for the next 149 years, the Carillon played "Bless the Lord" on top and "Always Faithful and True" at the bottom of every hour. It became world famous and "Always Faithful and True" became the unofficial national anthem of Prussia. On the night of April 14-15, 1945, Potsdam was the target of a British air raid. The tower was on fire, but the chime kept playing Prussia's favorite song, until it fell to the ground. Potsdam was in the Soviet zone and later East Germany and the church was never rebuilt. But in 1987, the soldiers of Iserlohn, West German paratroopers got the funds to rebuild it. After German reunification, the soldiers presented the reconstructed Carillon to Potsdam. This is the former location of the church, which still plays the favorite songs of Prussia.
The Villa Heydert is a historic residential building in Potsdam. In 1764, it became property of the royal gardener Heydert Joachim Ludwig. 100 years later, it was rebuilt by the architect Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse and he gave it an Italian country style. The building underwent a change of use, when it was purchased in 1921 by Sigismund Thiemann, who began collecting sculptures, paintings, furniture, textiles and works of art from different periods and regions. After his death, they were donated to the state. It's a very nice villa, but today it needs a coat of paint.
So, what to do in Potsdam? Yes, it's a small town but that doesn't mean there isn't a wealth of interesting places to visit in Potsdam! One of the most popular Potsdam activities is exploring the beautiful parks which cover a large part of the city. The best is Sanssouci Park, home to the famous Sanssouci Palace. The spectacular palace is one of the top attractions in Potsdam and is often called the German Versailles for its opulence. Sanssouci Park is also home to other world-famous Potsdam attractions like the Orangery Palace, the New Palace, the Palace of Charlottenhof, and the Roman baths
Next on your list of stuff to do in Potsdam should be the Old Market Square. Aside from being a popular meeting point for locals, it's also home to some of the most interesting things to see in Potsdam including the Fortuna Gate, the City Palace, and St. Nicholas' Church with its fabulous dome.
Finally, don't forget to spend an afternoon exploring the trendy cafes, restaurants, and art galleries of the Dutch district. For more on things to do in Potsdam, look through the recommendations from real travelers and locals on minube and discover everything you have the perfect trip.