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  • 1 Park Sanssouci Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Schopenhauerstr. D - 14469 Potsdam

    Designed partly by Peter Joseph Lenné, Prussia's most talented landscape gardener, Sanssouci Park covers nearly 300ha and features several hundred species of trees. The various palaces and buildings were constructed between 1744 and 1860. A World Her..

  • 2 Sanssouci Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Zur Historischen Mühle D - 14469 Potsdam

    The main staircase leading to this palace provides visitors with an impressive view of its façade fronted by terraces. The rear façade facing the main courtyard is flanked by a semicircular colonnade. Inside the palace, the rooms have been skilfully ..

  • 3 Chinese Teahouse Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Weg Ökonomieweg D - Potsdam

    This Chinese pavilion, a circular building decorated with gilded statues, stands in the Sanssouci Park. It emerged from the 18C mania for all things Chinese. Inside there is an exhibition of Chinese porcelain.

  • 4 Am Neuen Markt Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Siefertstr. D - 14467 Potsdam

    With its attractive 18C and 19C houses, this small square is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Potsdam. The most striking building is the Kutschenstall, which once served as a stables for the royal carriages. Built between 1787 and 1790 by Andr..

  • 5 New garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Am Neuen Garten D - 14469 Potsdam

    The garden was laid out around a lake in the late 18C for Friedrich Wilhelm II, who was very keen on English gardens. The grounds were later bequeathed to the last heir prince (1882-1951) and his wife. The garden is scattered with small buildings (Or..

  • 6 Schloss Cecilienhof Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Am Neuen Garten D - 14469 Potsdam

    This immense "cottage" of over a hundred rooms was built during the First World War for the Crown Prince and his wife Cecilia. It has since been turned into a luxury hotel. Set in the Neuer Garten, it hosted the historic Potsdam conference ..

  • 7 Russische Kolonie Alexandrowka Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Puschkinallee D - 14469 Potsdam

    Dedicated to the memory of his friend Tsar Alexander I, Frederick William III built this group of wooden houses between 1826 and 1827 in the style of a Russian village. Lenné was commissioned to build 13 houses surrounded by gardens and arranged in t..

  • 8 New palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Am Neuen Palais D - 14469 Potsdam

    This "boast", as Friedrich II qualified it, is the largest palace in Potsdam. The king wanted to demonstrate that the economic power of Prussia remained intact after emerging victorious from the arduous Seven Years War. It was intended to h..

  • 9 Hans Otto Theatre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Schiffbauergasse 11 D - Potsdam

    With its glass façade imaginatively infused with red light, the city's theatre (built in 2006), named after this famous early-20C actor, is the symbol of Potsdam's renaissance. Located on the banks of the Tiefer See (Havel), it occupies the heart of ..

  • 10 Brandenburger Tor Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Luisenplatz D - 14467 Potsdam

    The monumental Brandenburg Gate, which takes the form of a Roman triumphal arch, was built in the Baroque style in 1770.

  • 11 Park Babelsberg Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Park Babelsberg D - 14467 Potsdam

    These romantic gardens, designed by Lenné, are dotted with eclectic neo-Gothic buildings: the Steam-Powered Pump House ( Dampfmaschinenhaus), which supplied water to the fountains, Little Castle ( Kleines Schloss), anterior to Schloss Babelsberg, Sai..

  • 12 Filmmuseum Potsdam Interesting

    Museums and art

    Breite Str. 1A D - 14467 Potsdam

    This Baroque building, originally built in 1685 as an orangery, is one of the oldest monuments in the city and one of the few buildings that remain from Potsdam Palace. In the 18C the building was transformed into the Royal Stables. Today it houses P..

  • 13 Dutch Quarter Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mittelstraße D - 14467 Potsdam

    Situated on either side of the Mittelstraße, this quarter (the Hollandisches Viertel) was built by Boumann, a Dutch architect, around 1740 to house workers from the Netherlands. Note the attractive gabled houses all painted in different colours.

  • 14 Steam-powered pumping station Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Zeppelinstr. 176 D - 14467 Potsdam

    To make the fountains of Potsdam work, Friedrich Wilhelm IV designed a "sort of Turkish mosque with a minaret chimney-stack." The "mosque" (1841-43) represents a highly successful marriage between art and industry. The interior is..

  • 15 Sansouci Palace: Art Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    Gregor-Mendel-Str. D - 14469 Potsdam

    The art gallery (Bildergalerie) was built between 1755 and 1763. In a large Rococo-style room, admire works of art by Italian, Flemish and Dutch masters, such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Bassano, Simon Vouet, Van Loo, Terbrugghen, Van Dyck and Rubens,..

  • 16 Neue Kammern Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Zur Historischen Mühle D - 14469 Potsdam

    The old orangery designed by Knobelsdorff in 1747 was transformed into living quarters for the king's guests between 1771 and 1775. The Rococo decoration is bright and elegant. Of particular interest is the Ovid Gallery whose wooden panels are adorne..

  • 17 Charlottenhof Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Geschwister-Scholl-Str. D - 14469 Potsdam

    Designed by K.F. Schinkel, this palace was built between 1826 and 1829 in the Italian Classical style. Sights of interest include Alexander von Humboldt's study and bedroom.

  • 18 Friedenskirche, Potsdam

    Religious buildings

    Parc Sans-Souci D - 14467 Potsdam

    The church was built on the model of the Basilica di San Clemente in Rome, under Frederick William IV, between 1844 and 1854. And it is here that the King is buried. In the apse there is a fine mosaic, brought from the island of Murano and dates back..

  • 19 Neptune Grotto

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc Sans-Souci D - 14467 Potsdam

    Neptungrotte was built in 1751 and 1757, according to Knobelsdorff's design. Statue of Neptune.

  • 20 Mill

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc Sans-Souci D - 14467 Potsdam

    This mill was made famous by an anecdote that illustrates the role of the State and Frederick II's enlightened absolutism. The King was bothered by the noise, so he set about trying to convince the miller to stop working or to leave the place. He tri..

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