Apartment- und Zimmervermietung am Park
Pasteurstrasse 28, Potsdam, Brandenburg, 14482, Germany
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One of the ferry boats
Scene walking up to the palace
Coloured shapes. . .
Hey VT Forums, Long time no see!
Well, here's my newest travel conundrum; I'll be visiting Potsdam and Berlin next weekend (mostly Potsdam, as thats where my friend/SO/whatever we are... is living at the moment) and i have a few questions:
I am flying into Schönfeld airport, arriving at around 16:15...
1) how strict are Schengen area customs and how long will it take me to get to the bus stop?
2) can anyone comment on Easyjet's punctuality? and their weight limit? (I've had lots of luck with Ryanair... even if i was over, they would still send my bag through)
various VBB Info
3)will it be easier for me to get to Potsdam by train and then bus or take the bus directly?
4) will an Italian University student qualify for the student discount (7day ticket) or price reduction on the daily ticket? I need the Potsdam ABC fare, and am trying to see which option will end up being cheaper. Also, this one ticket (Potsdam ABC) will be good for getting around Potsdam AND Berlin, correct?
5) Gerrem wrote about Potsdam Castle Night in the Sansousci gardens; anyone know when this event occurs?
(link http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Germany/Land_Brandenburg/Potsdam-27762/Nightlife-Potsdam-BR-1.html )
5) any packing tips (besides gloves, scarves, and a really warm coat as said by my host)?
6) heard about boat rides on the lakes; can anyone give me any more information on those (or link me to where i could get more information)?
some things i want to see (my own random notes... if you have something special to add; feel free to add anything)
Glienicker Bridge/Bridge of Unity
RE: Potsdam queries
1. Italy to Berlin is an inner EU and inner Schengen flight.
No customs. No passport controls (by immigration).
Schönefeld Airport map
3. BVG timetable
Just do what the timetable suggests. Fastest are direct RB trains from the airport to Potsdam via Caputh (i.e. not via Berlin) as this is the shortest route. But service is not that frequent.
Keep in mind that you can only use S-Bahn and RB and RE train with a BVG/VBB ticket. Not far distance trains like IR, IC/EC and ICE.
> will an Italian University student qualify for the student discount
NO. There are no student accounts at all. Students at one of the Berlin university receive automatically a Semester-Ticket when enrolling at the university which is valid one term.
> Also, this one ticket (Potsdam ABC) will be good for getting around Potsdam AND Berlin, correct?
NO. You need a Berlin ABC ticket. This ticket covers also Potsdam. A Potsdam ABC ticket covers NOT Berlin.
I guess there will be only a limited service in November.
Travel Tips for Potsdam
The summer residence of Friedrich II the Great was built in 1745-1747 by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobellsdorf. It was a state residence long time where the king had all private and state affairs. You can find fantastic interior, including Volter room, and wonderful outside architectural style and statues on the castle. There are severl wonderful paintings of Flamish, Italian and French painters and my opinion is that art collection is richer than in the Art State Museum in Berlin :-)
The Castle is open from 9 am till 5 pm (till 4 pm in winter time), closed in Mondays, only guide tour available and no making photos not allowed. The entrance fee is EUR 8.
Ruinenberg: Artificial Ruins for Friedrich
From the main palace in Sans-Soussi you can see a hill topped by some ruins.
This is what Friedrich fancied to see from his palace windows. And if there were no ruins there in the first place, he had them built for him.
The walk uphill to Ruinenberg takes about 15 minutes, and is quite pleasant. When you get to the artificial ruins themselves, they look somewhat pathetic. It's a pity one cannot climb them to get a commanding view of the surroundings. If you've had enough of elegant palaces and want something a bit different, try ruinenberg!
Cecilienhof Palace (UNESCO-world heritage site) was erected between 1914 and 1917 and served as residence for Crown Prince William of Prussia and his wife Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It achieved worldwide fame as venue of the Potsdam Conference held in sommer 1945 by the allied victorious powers of the Second World War, the USA, Great Britain and the Soviet Union.
We took a boat out from the Marina at Am Tiefen See. For details of prices etc, please check the website. It helps to have a knowledgeable skipper who can sail a boat and read a nautical map too! We sailed around the Havel area and took in the beautiful sights of Potsdam and Babelsburg.
There are various sizes of craft and you will be required to show your licence before taking a boat out.
They are open Monday - Sunday 9.00am to 7pm
Visit the Dutch Quarter
The Dutch Quarter is a beautiful area of Potsdam, full of Dutch style houses with busy little boutique style shops and cafes.
In the 1700's, King Frederick William I (who had a deep respect and admiration for the work of the Dutch craftsmen and artists) travelled to the Netherlands to search for and bring back men and women who would be very well paid to transform this quarter of Potsdam with their Dutch style, gabled houses and canal. Amongst them were bricklayers, carpenters, silkweavers, an organ builder, painters and a sculptor. On completion of their houses the King provided all the new occupants with furniture! This is such a charming area, definitely not to be missed if you are visiting Potsdam.
Many of the buildings were damaged during WWII but extensive and careful reconstruction has taken place and the result is a little bit of Holland in old Prussia.
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