Hotel Villa Monte Vino
Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 27, Potsdam, Brandenburg, 14469, Germany
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Travel Tips for Potsdam
Walking to Potsdam
On the trip to Potsdam I had the seemingly bright idea of alighting one train stop before Potsdam, in Babelsburg, and walking the rest of the way. My main motivation for doing this was a desire to see the famous Glienicker Bridge, a place where spies were excahnged during the cold war, and where the the former East German - West Berlin border ran.
Lesson 1: The distances between stations are a lot less in Zone 1 than out in Potsdam. It was at least a 3 km hike to the bridge and from there another 2 km into the centre of Potsdam.
Lesson 2: If the forecast is for 30 degree heat then there will be 30 degree heat. The weathermen here don't lie, unlike those at home:) I had very little water, not too much food, and no sunscreen - arriving in Potsdam I was three shades of pink and almost too tired to do any sightseeing.
Lesson 3: If you are going to walk that distance in the heat, it's better to check a map or ask the locals for help. I wandered out of Babelsburg station in what I thought was Karl Liebneckt Strasse, and it was only when I reached open country side that I began to get worried. I stooped to ask a girl for directions, and luckily I was going the right way.
Opposite the new palace in the Sanssouci Royal Park is this rather grand building that was the servant’s quarters. Designed by Knobelsdorff in 1747 it has 88 corinthian double columns arranged in 2 quarter circles.
Schloss Sans Souci
Your primary stop in Potsdam should be Sans Souci, Friedrich the Great's great, ochre-colored palace. Sans Souci means 'without worry' in French, and that's the feeling that this palace gives. Friedrich used to hang out with luminaries like Voltaire and to discuss intricate matters of French Enlightenment philosophy.
Sanssouci - designed by Friedrich the Great
Friedrich the Great made the first sketches for his new castle himself in 1745 and the architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsddorf built the castle according to these plans. The interior was built by Knobelsdorff and Johann August Nahl and is absolutely worth a visit !
Unfortunately I saw just the buildings from outside and the park.
Sanssouci is ONLY that flat and rather small building you may see on my picture. You walk up lots of steps and will pass by lots of vinyards before you get to the castle.
The New Palais
The new Palais consists of 200 rooms and was built between 1763 and 1769 with a high dome. Inside the New Palais you may find the living quaters of the king and a small theatre.
In the New Palais you will find the main ticket-boxes, the souvenir-shop and the restrooms for the tourists.
You may see the interior of the New Palais
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