Potsdam Off The Beaten Path

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    Alexandrowka

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    The Alexandrowka colony was created in 1826-27 upon the request of Frederick Wilhelm III in memory of his deceased friend Czar Alexander I.

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    Heiliger See

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    Heiliger See (or Holy Lake) is a lake within the city limits located northeast of the city center and bordering the historic park known as the New Garden.

    You can watch my 3 min 00 sec Video Potsdam Cecilienhof in 2001 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Marmorpalais

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    The Marmorpalais (or marble palace) was a royal residence in Potsdam, built on the grounds of the extensive Neuer Garten on the shores of Lake Heiliger See.

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    Schloss Cecilienhof

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    Schloss Cecilienhof is a palace in the northern part of the Neuer Garten park in Potsdam, close to the Jungfernsee lake. It has been part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

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    Annoying thing about the tour of Sansoucci

    by GentleSpirit Written Jan 31, 2013

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    I enjoyed San Soucci, it was a lovely palace for sure. I thing that I found annoying was that the guides seemed to take great interest in speculating/insinuating that Frederick was more attracted to men. It was done to an extent i found somewhat silly, particularly when many of his political/military achievements were barely mentioned.

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    an old Trabant

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    East German Trabant

    In Potsdam you will still see some of the buildings (apartments and such) that were built during the Communist times, often in the same block as newly renovated buildings.

    I remember we were walking down the street and my aunt just busted out laughing when she saw this. It was the most common car in East Germany, produced in Zwickau. It is a two stroke engine, which gave it horrible fuel efficiency. It was simple, generally practical car that could carry 4 people with some luggage.

    Though the Trabant was produced until 1991, it is mostly just a historical curiosity now. You don't see it driving around the city very much.

    Oddly, East Germans at one time had to wait 10 years to get one of these things.

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    Warhol in Potsdam

    by GentleSpirit Written Jan 16, 2013

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    I suppose that over time Potsdam has attracted a large variety of artists. I have to say I was taken a bit by surprise. At the end of the tour of San Soucci palace, a place of substantial propriety in things artistic, you will see Andy Warhol's rendition of Frederick the Great . The Warhol style somehow seemed oddly out of place. I don't know if it was done as a joke or not

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    Berlin - capital of Germany

    by Raimix Updated Jan 11, 2013

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    I believe that Berlin is as another town, despite the fact that Potsdam is on zone C in Berlin public transportation scheme. It is worth to see this big town, at least to see main sights, as Brandenburg gate, Under der Linden street, Berlin Wall, Cathedral.

    Berlin is very good location to learn 20th century history and to see how city got improved after devastation of Second World War.

    Berlin is about 38 kilometers from Potsdam.

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    Edict of Potsdam

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    You will often hear about how Prussia invited Dutch communities and others to come to Prussia and make their lives there. Why? Anyone visiting Potsdam will hear the official line that it was officially encouraged religious toleration. To a certain point that is true.

    The Edict of Potsdam was issued on October 29, 1685 by Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia. By virtue of being Duke of Prussia he was also the ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia. This edict gave French Protestants safe passage, tax free status for 10 years and gave them religious liberty rights to have services in their own native language. (If you go to Berlin, the Gendarmenplatz has the church for the French Huguenot community.) Subsequently, Russians, Dutch and Bohemians were allowed to immigrate to Prussia.

    Was this necessarily religious toleration? One might also argue that instead it was a shrewd policy by the Prussians, helping to stabilize the population, acquiring skilled tradesmen and bringing in additional resources to strengthen Prussia's industrial and technical base. Friedrich Wilhelm, for example, was a member of the Calvinist faith and was more concerned with economics and trade and strengthening Prussia's position.

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    Marmorpalais Kitchen

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 17, 2012

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    You will find the palace kitchen on the nearby lake shore.
    It was built 1788-1790 by Langhans in the romantic style of a half-sunken classical temple ruin. An underground corridor provides a connection with an artificial grotto on the ground floor of the palace which served as a dining room in summertime.

    You can watch my 1 min 52 sec Video Potsdam Cecilienhof out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Local Transport

    by antistar Written Jan 19, 2012

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    Potsdam has an excellent public transport system, with a small number of trams supplemented by wide ranging bus network. All of Potsdam's public transport is covered by the same daily Berlin ticket that can get you to the city. Probably the most useful buses are 605 and 631, which take you directly from the train station to Sanssouci. You can stop off in the centre on the way there or back - Platz der Einheit is the transport hub.

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    Airport

    by antistar Written Jan 19, 2012

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    Arriving in Potsdam from Berlin's two airports is relatively stress free. If you are coming from Tegel, you can take the S-Bahn to Potsdam via Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin (S25 then S7). From Schonefeld it's even easier - just take the hourly regional train direct to Potsdam. It takes less than an hour.

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    Berlin

    by antistar Written Jan 19, 2012

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    As Potsdam is almost a suburb of Berlin it would be strange to stay here and not visit the German capital. It's only a half hour journey away and very easily reached by suburban train (S-Bahn). It's not even that expensive. You can buy a day ticket covering Potsdam (Area C) for only a little more than it costs for central Berlin.

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    Peacock Island (Pfaueninsel)

    by grandmaR Written Apr 30, 2010

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    We saw this fantastic castle from the ferry. It is apparently called Peacock Island Palace.

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

    The island is on the lake called the Havelsee, and was a park was created as an expansion and enhancement of the New Garden. In keeping with the spirit of the times, it was intended as a place where one could live in harmony with nature. During the 19th century, Peacock Island was
    redesigned by Peter Joseph Lenné as part of the Potsdam cultural landscape.

    King Frederick William II had a small, romantic, white Palace, in a half-timber style with two
    towers, built on the west side of the island. It was intended to be an eye catcher for the
    ships going by, even from afar.

    April – October, Tues. – Sun.
    Dairy: May – October, daily

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    Dragon House

    by magor65 Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    The Dragon House on the southern slope of Klausberg was built at the same time as the Belvedere and was designed to imitate a Chinese pagoda.
    It is a reflection of Frederick's the Great enthusiasm for Chinese architecture ( see the Tea House in the Sanssouci Park).
    The house, built on the octagonal plan, owes its name to the sixteen dragons placed on its roofs.
    Now it houses a restaurant and cafe that serves both German and international cuisine.

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