As soon as I started to read about Potsdam in our guide book, I realized it was worthy of a day trip out of Berlin. It's not far, about 50 minutes on the train that runs directly from Potsdamer Platz. The first clue about its significance is that it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site with Prussian royal palaces, villas, pavilions, gardens and parks. The main palace is Frederick the Great's Sans Souci and I'm sure maintaining it was not 'carefree'. It's considered to be one of Germany's finest palaces. There are numerous other palaces and sites worthy of international acclaim.
|Potsdam has its own Brandenberg Gate|
|The Orangerie Palace in neoclassical style for the Romantically inclined King Friedrich Wilhelm IV|
|The gardens of Sanssouci pale in comparison with those of Versailles, but they are not inconsiderable|
|If you don't like baroque, you might want to give this palace, and many other German palaces a pass|
|On a tour along the river, a variety of very interesting places can be found|
|This may look like Holland, but it isn't. The Dutch Quarter was constructed in the 1730's for Dutch craftsmen invitged to Prussia for their skills. Unfortunately, they didn't all show up.|