Potsdam Things to Do

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    Dutch quarter

    by Raimix Written Jan 11, 2013

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    This Dutch quarter is the one, that is not in the territory of Netherlands. As tourism information tells, it is a unique in Europe. Quarter was built in 1742 with an initiative of by King Frederick Wilhelm I, who invited Dutch people to work as craftsmen.

    Quarter consists of around 150 houses. Quarter also has some small museums.

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    Marble palace

    by Raimix Written Jan 11, 2013

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    This palace is already built in classical style, constructing of it started in 1787 and finished in 1845. It was built as a place for Frederick Wilhelm II. It was designed by two architects - Carl von Gontard and Carl Gotthard Langhans (the one, who designed also Brandenburg gate in Berlin).

    Place is already a bit far away from center, so you need to walk to Neuen garden.

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    Alexandrowka quarter

    by Raimix Written Jan 11, 2013

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    This is an unique quarter of Russian colony in Potsdam and is inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage list.

    Quarter of traditional Russian wooden houses appeared in 1815 and finally created in 1827. It consist of some houses, also Russian Orthodox chapel. Inhabitants were Russians, first ones were members of Russian soldier choir.

    Nowadays it is a place, looking so strange in whole monumental baroque.

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    Nauen Gate

    by Raimix Written Jan 11, 2013

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    As it is written in tourist information, possible it was the first building, designed in English neo-gothic style on mainland of Europe. It was done still in quite baroque period - 1755, but the part, connecting two towers - in the middle of 19th century (already in English neo-gothic style).

    I believe that this gate or Brandenburg gate haven't had any practical mean, just was built to make city more beautiful.

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    Brandenburg gate

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    Branderburg gate, the same name as in Berlin, was finished to build in 1770. An interesting fact, that two different sides of it was designed by different architects. The inner city side was designed by Karl von Gontard, and side, facing other, Sanssouci park side was designed by his pupil Georg Christian Unger.

    Gates links Sanssouci park with a city and here Brandenburg street starts.

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    Chinese house

    by Raimix Written Jan 11, 2013

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    It is actually very nice example of Chinese architecture in Potsdam. Actually I heard of it and finally found it in not so small Sanssouci park.

    It was built in 1754 - 1757 by an architect Johann Gottfried Büring. In older times it was used as refectory. Nowadays there is Meisein and East Asian porcelain museum (I guess very small one).

    Place gave me idea, how I could feel somewhere in China :)

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    New palace

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    The New palace was built to celebrate a success of Seven Years' War, in 1769. It is the lat baroque palace of Prussia. Later classical architecture took its top.

    The palace was mainly used for guests and balls, about 200 rooms are located here, also the theater. the palace is not only one building, it has a building behind with columns and looks a bit like classical churches one near each other.

    It was not so much damaged in Second World War, only some valuables were taken.

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    Belvedere

    by Raimix Written Jan 10, 2013

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    Belvedere as a building or a part of building, that is needed for overlook of whole territory of park, palace or castle area. Sanssouci park is not an exception. Belvedere on Klausberg hill was built in 18th century. It was badly damaged in Second World War and reconstructed already at the end of 20th century.

    Building is also as an example of antic times.

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    Orangery

    by Raimix Written Jan 10, 2013

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    Quite impressive orangery was one of the last constructions in Sanssouci park, created in 1851 - 1864 by Ludwig Persius and Friedrich August Stuler. Again, it looks Italian style and as a copy of Roman time buildings.

    As orangery it works till these days, building houses so called Raphael Hall, where about 50 paintings of Raphael is copied.

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    Museum of mills

    by Raimix Written Jan 10, 2013

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    This wind - mill was built in so long ago - only in 1993. First one on this site was built already in 1739, second one in 1790. Anyway, actions in Second World War badly damaged it, and new one stands already from recent years.

    Mill houses museum of mills. Here you could take excursion of educational program. I haven't had time to go there.

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    Ruinenberg

    by Raimix Written Jan 10, 2013

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    Ruinenberg is old - looking and ruined part of Sanssouci park. It was projected in the middle of the 19th century. Place is not only picturesque place, but also was used for quite technical purpose - to work as water pump of all park, as it is on higher place.

    I loved the way, that some things as this structure is not only build form purpose, but also for elegance and beauty, as you can't really guess the real purpose of it without reading information.

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    Sanssouci palace

    by Raimix Written Jan 10, 2013

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    This palace is the biggest rococo building in whole Germany and I guess the main attraction in Potsdam, always shown in travel magazines and advertisements.

    Palace was built in 1747 and was the main summer residence of Frederick the Great (rule time 1740–1786). The terraces was used for vinegars.

    Is is really great place to walk and enjoy rich architecture. I haven't been inside, it was used as picture gallery.

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    Church of Peace

    by Raimix Written Jan 10, 2013

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    Church of Peace was built in the middle of 19th century not so far from Sanssouci palace. Church looks Italian monastery style, Romantic. It is quite interesting, that church' apse is decorated by 13th century Venetian mosaic, that was bought by prince Frederick William, taken from Murano, Venice, Italy.

    Place looks quite peaceful, all around is a green nature.

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    Potsdam engine house - mosque

    by Raimix Written Jan 8, 2013

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    It was built in 1841 in Moorish architecture. Actually it looks as a mosque, but surprisingly was never used as a mosque. It was constructed for innovate and modern of that time steam engine. The plan was to pump water from Havel river to Sanssouci parks, but it never happened, as it was still more like a dream than real use.

    Nowadays there excursions could be organized, where it is possible to see some technical solutions inside this "mosque". Strange :)

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    Royal stables

    by Raimix Written Jan 8, 2013

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    Prussian kings these Royal stables was using already in 1685, later, in 18th century it was remodeled by Sanssouci′s architect Knobelsdorff.

    This big beautiful building (hard to imagine it was used for horses and carriages..) houses Potsdam film museum. It was founded in 1981. I haven't visited it, as I watch films when it is really nothing - to - do :) Also I believe it could be lack of time to see more of town, as it was still one of the first places I saw in Potsdam.

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