Hotel am Katharinenholz
Amundsenstrasse 24d, Potsdam, Brandenburg, 14469, Germany
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Travel Tips for Potsdam
visit Park Sanssouci. Most of...
visit Park Sanssouci. Most of the buildings in this huge parke were built for Friedrich the Great. The most important one is Schloss Sanssouci, but some of the others are really worth it too. Some compare this park to Versaille, but having never been to Versailles I really wouldn't know if the comparison is accurate. Basically there are a lot of buildings from different cultures (a Chinese teahouse, a Dutch windmill and even a make-belief medeaval ruine) thrown together to please Friedrich and his entourage, which makes it all a bit fake, but don't let that spoil the fun. Don't expect to see the whole park in just a few hours it's really very big. If you want to visit the museums inside, make sure you arrive early, because only a set number of visitors is allowed in every day.
Take a walk through Potsdam-Babelsberg
"A walking tour is the best way to get to know Potsdam. But we can also take a bicycle tour, drive around town in the car, or even use a boat for a waterfront tour. For groups that come to Potsdam by bus, I suggest a combination of sight-seeing on the bus and a brief city walk.."
Sanssouci - a place without trouble
"Sans souci" is the french expression for " without trouble / sorrows" and this name was choosen by King Friedrich the Great for his summerpalace in Potsdam, because he was trying to get a palace, far away from busy Berlin and far away from "his job" .
Friedrich the Great was rather a pilosopher, composer and flutist than a king or a strategist.
He wanted to build a palace , where he could meet friends, play the flute, discuss about philosphy and have a simple, peaceful life umong his friends and visitors from all over Europe.
The New Palace lies at the western end of the Sanssouci royal park and on the main avenue. Work started on the palace in 1763 and was completed in 1769. It was built to celebrate Prussia’s success in the seven year war and is considered to be the last great Prusssian baroque palace. The New Palace contains more than 200 lavishly decorated rooms spread over two storeys with a central ballroom that is topped by a large dome. Slippers are provided for the tour so you can help to polish the floors.
The Chinese Teahouse
The Chinese Teahouse, was constructed in 1756 and is another building in the Sanssouci Park. It is a circular building with a central main hall surrounded by 3 studies. Originally the building was used as a summer tea and dining room. At this present time it currently houses a collection of porcelain.
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