Outside Berlin, Berlin
Potsdam gained its town charter in 1345, it was chosen in 1660 as the hunting residence of Frederick William I and since then the center of the Prussian state until 1918. Sanssouci is the main attraction but there are several more palais and other attractions. Babelsberg was a major film production studio before the war.
S Bahn S7 from Hauptahnhof (Central Train Station) and other stations get you to Potsdam.
Bus 695 is running from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (south side, nord side is for city tour buses) to Holländisches Viertel, Sanssouci and Neues Palais, bus 606 is also running from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to Sanssouci.
Bus 695 is running from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to Neues Palais (if you want to go there from Berlin use a regional train to Potsdam Park Sanssouci station and a short walk or bus 695 to Neues Palais).
Tram 92 and 96 are running from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to Holländisches Viertel, the Russian Orthodoxe Church and Alexandrowka.
Bus 603 is running from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to Neuer Garten and Schloss Cecilienhof.
Bus 694 is running from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to Babelsberg (the german Hollywood).
If you stay in Berlin use the ABC 24 hour ticket, € 7,40, Potsdam buses and tramways are included, if you have allready a AB (€ 6,90 valid inside Berlin) ticket and you change your mind, you can get a extension ticket (Anschlussfahrausweis) for € 1,50 valid 2 hours.
Rostock became a town in 1218and in 1251 Rostck became a members of the Hanseatic League, in 1419, the University of Rostock was founded. Around 1500 the dukes of Mecklenburg succeeded in enforcing their rule over Rostock which led to a loss of economic and political power
This is a bit far as a daytrip, but possible, bus is from € 11 and 2.35 hours each way, train from € 29 (but most tickets are more) and 2 hours. You can combine Rostock and Stralsund, the train is 50 minutes and € 15,70, or go by S Bahn to Warnemünde for the beach.
Stralsund became a town in 1234 and in 1293 Stralsund became one of the most sucsessfull members of the Hanseatic League. It was Danish before the Thirty Years' War, then Swedish and after 1815 a part of the Prussian Province of Pomerania.
The Stralsund old town island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is a bit far as a daytrip, but possible, bus is from € 13 and 4 hours each way, train from € 21 (but most tickets are € 43,10) and 2.50 hours. You can combine Rostock and Stralsund, the train is 50 minutes and € 15,70.
A park I always try to go to is Schlosspark Buch. It's north of Berlin on the edge of B-zone, if you go by S-Bahn S2. You can enter the park just outside the station and immediatly it's like you are in another world. Big old trees makes almost everything lie in a shadow. Ivy climbs on many trees, small streams and a few ponds with ducks. It's a very, very nice park, not big but nice.
Potsdam is not just a suburb of Berlin, but a major city in its own right. In former times it was the summer residence of Friedrich the Great, whose palace and park "Sanssouci" are still major tourist attractions. Potsdam is now the capital of the Land of Brandenburg.
The Adult Education Center in Potsdam is named after Albert Einstein, who had numerous connections to this city. There has been an "Einstein Tower" in Potsdam since 1921, and an "Einstein Institute" since 1924. Einstein himself had a summer house in Caputh, near Potsdam, starting in 1929.
Dresden's name possibly comes from Drezdany, a name of one Slavic group, who lived here. First time city was mentioned in 1206, and from 15th century became as a capital of Saxon princes. Dresden history was especially successful in 18th century, when it had full cultural, economic, life, gathered good collections of art, was very rich and modern of that time architecture.
Pity, that end of Second World War send some "gifts" to city - bombs, most of old part was destroyed. Now almost all old part is reconstructed and seems to be the most beautiful part for tourists.
I have been a few days in Dresden, but I believe it is also possible to see it for a day trip, but only essential things.
Dresden is about 190 kilometers from Berlin.
First time Potsdam was mentioned already in 993, as Poztupimi with Slavic castle. I The turning point of Potsdam was the middle of 17th century, when Frederick William have chosen it as a residence. So, later 18th and 19th century it was a place of residential palaces of Prussian kings with bustling style of baroque, also copies of Ancient Rome buildings and interesting modern inventions. In 1945 probably the most popular event happened in Potsdam - agreement of Potsdam was signed. After it intensive reconstruction of old part was started, as it was hardly devastated in time of war.
It is known for many palaces and parks, mainly Royal ones.
Potsdam is about 38 kilometers from Berlin.
This tour is recommended for people who want to see something beside the usual tourist attractions of Chechpoint Charlie and Brandenburger Tor.
Those are undiscovered spots.
Dammsmühle palace is a beautiful old palace just outside berlin. It is abandoned for many years, which only adds to the mysterious atmosphere there.
Lanke palace is a french-renessiance style palace, very beutiful, located next to a small, clear lake.
Also, the lake wandlitz, is Brandenburgs cleanest lake, and the landscape there is beautiful. In summer there is an option to bath there.
I'ts a trip to dispair. You can see the quiet within the madness that a concentration camp used to be.
The place around looks so peaceful it's hard to believe the horrors that went on in there.
Take a box of kleenex if you are sentimental on the subject.
It´s a 80 min train ride from Berlin and boasts a lot:
thouroughly planned and designed, it´s the first socialistic town in Germany
here a short excerpt from my Eisenhüttenstadt page:
"Architecturally , the style of "Nationale Bautradition" dominated the build-up of the living areas. Typical for these residental areas are passages between the houses ornated with columns, pilasters or cornices. The facades are decorated with oriels and ornamental fences or in other places with sgraffitos. The courtyards are laid out as small parks..."
more info here:
Many Berlin tourists want to take e trip to the small towns or villages in the Brandenburg area around the big city Berlin. Most of them go to Potsdam. If you want to see some medieval walls, towers, a castle and a huge old church, take a trip to Beeskow (and read my Beeskow - page).
Visit the picturesque palaces and gardens in Potsdam.
Potsdam can easily be reached by train or subway (U-Bahn) with a so-called ABC ticket.
We were here January 2009, just after some snow and walked through the park and the village most of the day. Because of the cold, we decided to take a tour in palace Sanssouci, which turned out to be a total rip-off.
The tour was 8 euros for just 30 minutes with an audio-guide. There were way too many people in our group which made it impossible to walk around the small rooms and have a good look at everything. So, just admire the outside and spend your money on some Bratwurst and Gluhwein!
Frederick the Great had no great love for his capital city (but then Berliners had no great love for him) and so, in 1744, he commissioned Georg von Knobelsdorff to build him a residence where he and his wife could live 'without cares - sans soucci'. Incredibly, the palace was completed within the year (although the layout of the parklands took another 5 years - and even then, 'officially' they took much longer as additions and changes were made for the next 130 years).
Sans Soucci is a surprisingly modest royal palace - one storey Baroque, topped by an oxidised green dome and ornamental statues. The interior is anything but modest - a Rococco feast of gilt, mirrors, curlicures and scrolls, marble, lacquerwork and more. The palace itself only contained 13 rooms under Frederick - the west wing (also of 13 rooms) was not added until 1840.
Frederick loved the palace so much he was determined to die and be buried at Sans Soucci (even to the point of working on the design of his tomb in the evenings). He eventually got his way, but not until 1991 and post re-unification of Germany. In the first instance, he was buried at the Garnisonkirche in Potsdam (1786), exumed in 1944 and taken to Schloss Hohenzollern in Swabia for safe-keeping, but eventually returned to Sans Soucci in 1991.
Maybe not an undiscovered place but a masterpiece of nazi architecture. You'll hardly believe this is an airport, it could host any sort of business. Many airports tend to look the same - Tempelhof Berlin is outstanding.
Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen, the former KL Sachsenhausen . A concentrationkamp near Oranienburg. A very chilling place certainly when i was there when it had realy frozen. Its a big open space surrounded by fences. So not much left to look at but knowing the stories from tv and my studies etc makes you feel the atmosphere and one can´t even start to imagine how it must have been.
There is though an exhibition in one of the old baracks. The glas container filled with hair certainly made my hairs rise. A must see for everyone who wants to know about WW2.