Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str 63, Potsdam, Brandenburg, 14482, Germany
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Travel Tips for Potsdam
Just in a few minutes Berlin can be easily reached by public transportation. Since the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990 Berlin has become a metropolis as it once was. It is the biggest city of Germany with a population of about 3.5 million and attracts with a huge offer of culture and history. At least go to "Museumsinsel" and on top of "Fernsehturm" at Alexander Platz.
The tower was sarted to be build in 1919, was effectively finished in 1921 and was officially opened in 1924. It symbolize the greatness of the Einsteinian concepts. It was designed to hold Einstein's own astronomical laboratory. Einstein, indeed, visited this place but didn't like. He was conservative in his architectural taste and didn't like the building much. He prefered functional buildings.
The Park Babelsberg is another park where you can walk around a long time. It's located along the Havel/Tiefer See on the other side of the centre. One of the sights in this park is the Castle Babelsberg (Schloss Babelsberg). From the castle and around you have a wonderful view on the Havel lakes and the bridge "Glienicker Brücke". The castle Babelsberg was the summer residence of emperor Wilhelm I. This neo-gothic palace was built in 1833 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Ludwig Persius and was extended several times until it had 99 rooms. Nearby is the steam engine house (Dampfmaschinenhaus) which looks like a castle with its small towers and pinnacles. It was built in the 19th century to supply the castle and park with water.
A bit further is the Little Palace (Kleine Schloss), built for Friedrich and Victoria next to the lake "Tiefer See". Today you here find a restaurant and café. Another sight of course is the Flatowturm, a 46m high tower built in the 19th century and is designed after the Eschenheim Gate in Frankfurt/Main. We already had walked much that day (and the park is pretty hilly!) so we didn’t go there, but you probably have a great view from there! There are combi tickets for the castle Babelsberg and the Flatowturm (4 €).
The terraced gardens
The panoramic vista of the garden of Sanssouci is the result of Frederick the Great's decision to create a terraced vineyard on the south slope of the hills of Bornstedt. The area had previously been wooded but the trees were felled during the reign of the "soldier-king" Frederick William I to allow the city of Potsdam to expand.
The Potsdamer Lustgarten (hedonic garden, leisure garden) has been re-created in 2001, on the emplacement where the original had been created by Frederic 1st, king of Prussia, beginning 18th century. This garden was originally created next to a harbour where the kings of Prussia anchored their yachts which they used to travel for leisure on the lakes which are numerous in the Potsdam area and linked by canals and the Havel River.
The original lay out and sculptures were in bad shape since long, the WWII bombings did the rest and the DDR regime had more urgent priorities than restoration of a leisure garden. . . . .
In 2000, rehabilitation works began, finding even some pieces of the old statues groups, like the “Neptun Triumph”, from Benckert and Heymüller, you can see in “modern” display on picture 1. A portico with Corinthian capitals giving a nice perspective view to the St Nikolaus church (picture 2) dating from the original garden is also well restored in a nicely landscaped garden.
Generally speaking, the leisure garden is a modern landscaped garden, where a morning walk is very enjoyable, and even typical German (at least for the use!) plants can be seen, and if you want to know how this plant which gives this special bitter taste to German Pils beer looks like, here it is: hops (Picture 3). You can walk for a while, relaxing not far from the traffic noise on Breite Strasse. Modern Lay out and modern sculptures on pictures 4 and 5. It is interesting to watch the work that has been done to recover some of the old sculpture masterpieces and to make a new garden for the Potsdamer people to enjoy a place during free time or to walk through when going to work. . . .
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