The city of Potsdam is not only the largest city in the state of Brandenburg, Germany, it is also the capital of Brandenburg. Potsdam directly borders the German capital, Berlin.
Potsdam was the residence of the Prussian Kings and German Emperors for several decades, until 1918.
In Potsdam, you find the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. This is the park and palace of Sanssouci (which roughly translates into “without worries” from French) . This park covers an area of about 290 hectares and was built between 1745 and 1747.
I have compiled a list of some sights in Potsdam that I personally admire so much.
The Neues Palais situated on the western side of Park Sanssouci, was built between 1763 and 1769. It contains over 200 rooms, 4 principal gathering rooms and a theatre for royal functions. It was built for Emperor Fredrick II for reception of dignitary and royal guests. The University of Potsdam is located at the Neues Palais. I actually take most of my classes in the “Palace” 🙂
The Charlottenhof Palace (Schloss Charlottenhof): located southwest of Sanssouci palace, it was the summer residence of Crown Prince Frederick William who later became the king of Prussia. It was built between 1826 and 1829.
The Orangery Palace (Orangerieschloss): located east of Park Sanssouci, it was built between 1851 and 1864 under King Frederick William IV. It is about 300 Meters long.
The New Chambers (Neue Kammern): constructed from 1771 to 1775 for King Frederick the Great of Prussia, it is also located in Sanssouci Park.
The Chinese House (chinesisches Haus): is a garden pavilion also located in Park Sanssouci, which was built under Frederick the Great between 1755 and 1764. The King had it built 600 meters from his summer place, so he can adorn his flower and vegetable garden.
Do watch out for the next posts. I will blog about some other interesting sights of Potsdam.