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  • Day2

    Potsdam

    October 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Wir haben tief und fest geschlafen und sind ausgeruht in den Tag gestartet. Das Frühstücksbuffet im Hotel Europa überforderte uns völlig. Einfach lecker! Rührei, Lachs, Speck, feine Brötli, Knüsper-Früchte Müsli, Gurke, Mozzarella, Tomaten, Pesto, würziger Weichkäse, Streichwurst, Früchte und Kaiserschmarrn und diverses süsses Gebäck... von uns gibts 5 Sterne! Liana und Andrin entschieden sich für Cornflakes😂
    Unsere Fahrt nach Potsdam klappte Heute wieder tip top. Nach 4 Stunden Fahrtzeit bezogen wir unser Familienzimmer und gingen gleich los ins Städchen. Potsdam grenzt an die Stadt Berlin. Das Schloss Sanssouci war einst die Sommerresidenz Friedrichs des Großen, dem ehemaligen preussischen König. Ein wunderbarer Park liegt dem Schloss zu Füssen. Sehr schön! Sonst ist Potsdam nicht sooo spannend. Ein "kleines" Brandenburger Tor am Luisenplatz schmückt den Eingang zur Fussgängerzone. Flanieren am Abend und fein Essen geht auch hier wunderbar. Die Bäuchlein sind voll mit Thai Curry, Sommerrollen und Glasnudelsuppe... so schnarcht es sich am besten, vor allem bei Thöm und Liana😀 Andrin und ich sind daher noch wach....
    Morgen gehts nach Hamburg, juhuiiiii!
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  • Day1

    Zonder zorgen

    July 11, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Hoe luxe is je leven als je je zomerpaleis Zonder Zorgen kan noemen? Frederik de Grote kon dat blijkbaar... Leuk om het wereldberoemde Sanssouci te bekijken. De fietsroute was ingewikkeld, geregeld liep het fietspad uit op een mul zandpad.Read more

    Bart van den Eijnde

    Dus het fietsen is nog ff niet ‘sans souci’?😉

    7/11/20Reply
    Willie Smid

    Imposant , vond ik het🏛

    7/11/20Reply
    Anneke Wezeman

    Mooi is het daar zeker!

    7/12/20Reply
     
  • Day5

    Cold War Berlin

    August 17 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    This is what most of us grew up with when we heard about Berlin. Most of what's here was familiar in name only. Seeing all this brought so much back.
    The 1st picture is of a section of the Berlin wall that has been preserved. Most of us have heard of Checkpoint Charlie between the American (West Berlin) and Soviet (Easy Berlin) sectors. That's the 2nd picture.
    The 3rd picture is the bridge of spies where cold war spies who had been captured were exchanged. The most famous from the US perspective was Gary Powers, the U2 pilot who had been shot down. The 4th picture shows the marker on the bridge deck denoting the border between West Berlin and East Germany. This is the point where the exchanges were made.
    The last picture is one of the aircraft used in the Berlin airlift that supplied West Berlin when East Germany (and the Soviet Union, of course) tried to cut off and starve West Berlin by blocking the roads in an attempt to get the allies to abandon West Berlin to the Soviets
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  • Day8

    Potsdam, Sanssouci

    August 1 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute konnten wir länger schlafen, wir fuhren erst mit dem 11:12 Uhr Bus nach Erkern und dann gleich mit dem R1 Zug nach Potsdam.
    Nach einer kurzen Tour, am Dom und dem grossen Backsteingebäude des Filmmuseums vorbei, suchten wir den Bus oder das Tram zum Schloss Sanssouci, Da vieles im Umbruch stand, war es für uns Auswärtige unmöglich die entsprechende Station zu finden.
    Scheinbar ging es den Einheimischen genau so, an der Tramhaltestelle standen gleich drei Auskunftspersonen, die uns sehr freundlich den Weg wiesen.
    Der Bus hielt dann gerade vor der holländischen Mühle vor dem Parkeingang, mit der noch heute Getreide gemahlen und das Brot verkauft wird.
    Im weitläufigen Park waren leider nur ganz wenige Blumen zu sehen, es mangelt an Geld und Mitarbeitern. Dafür war der Botanische Garten eine Pracht. Unterwegs beeilten wir uns, drei Menschen zu überholen und anzusprechen: Zwei Damen und ein Herr wandelten in den noblen Gewändern von damals. Sie erklärten uns, dass sie dies zu ihrer und aller Freude tun.
    Wir dachten nach einer Weile, dass 20km Fussmarsch für heute reicht und wir setzten uns wieder in den Bus und den Zug bis Berlin Friedrichstrasse. Hier hatten wir genügend Zeit, um ein leckeres Rumpsteck in Block House zu verspeisen.
    Wir schafften es locker auf den Zug nach Erkern und dort wartete auch der Bus für uns. Warum erzähle ich das ?
    Weil es erstens zu regnen begann und weil zweitens der Bus nur bis ans Ende der Stadt fuhr und wir noch ca. 4km auf der langweiligen Strasse gehen mussten.
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  • Day4

    Potsdam Schloss Cecilienhof

    December 20, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    We decided on a guided tour atop a double decker bus to sightsee around Potsdam. Potsdam is located on an island and has 130,000 inhabitants and is the capital of Brandenburg.
    The oldest building in Potsdam was originally a greenhouse and then turned into stables as they were seen as being more important especially by Frederick the Great who was a great conquerer and believed in powerful armies. He lead Prussia to become one of the most powerful countries in the world at the time.
    Potsdam has always been a city of soldiers and has a replica Brandenburg Gate interestingly Potsdam is renown for many fantasies with its architecture.
    Potsdam like so many cities of the day has a city wall for defense and safety.
    We first visited a palace where the famous Potsdam conference was held at the end of WW2 between Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt to decide on important territorial issues at the end of the war.
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  • Day4

    Palace Sansoucci

    December 20, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    SanSouci palace was the palace built to indulge the kings whim for a carefree life.
    As with all palaces it is grandiose and lavish. The architecture has a baroque influence and atypical of the rest of the style of the area.Read more

  • Day4

    Neues Palais

    December 20, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    This was built by Frederick the Great as result of an unforeseen victory against the Russians.
    He spent so much money on the palace that he almost bankrupt himself.
    He used the palace to greet important people however he didn’t live in the palace very much as he preferred the palace called Sansouci.
    The kaisers took over living in the palace after Frederick passed as the whole area is grandiose and palatial.
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  • Day32

    Potsdam

    July 19, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Took the train out to Potsdam then a hop on off bus around the area. Potsdam is where all the summer palaces are much of which was in East Germany and many of then had been turned into the KGB head quarters. Potsdam is also the place where the meeting between England (Winstin Churchill), USA and Russia took place in 1945 to decide what the future of Germany would be and Berlin (and Germany) was devided into the East (under Russia) and the west ( under the US and England) Today they are restored and opened to the public. Einstein also had a summer home here before the war. There is still a great deal of rebuilding and restoration happening within Berlin as well.Read more

  • Day269

    Day 270: Potsdam

    November 11, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Third WHS for Berlin! This one is a repeat for Shandos but new for me, and a major milestone too - World Heritage site number 200! We were up and out fairly early, again under the typical grey skies, and got the train out to the south-western outskirts of the city. Potsdam is a complex of palaces and parks on the outskirts of the city, sort of like Versailles in Paris or Schönbrunn in Vienna.

    First stop was the Sans Souci palace, built in the 1760s as a summer residence for Frederick the Great of Prussia. He called it "Sans Souci" because that translates from French as "without cares", and it was designed as somewhere he could retreat to escape the pressures of his court, his wars and his realm. He had a very heavy hand in designing it, providing input on room designs, furnishings and almost everything in between. It's not the largest palace, only about 12 rooms or so, but very impressive.

    I spent about an hour on the tour here while Shandos waited outside as she thought she'd visited before (although as it turns out, she hadn't!). After this we wandered around the large gardens area - not manicured like Versailles, but still very impressive. The Orangerie palace was also very impressive, but closed for the season so we didn't visit.

    Final stop was the New Palace, one of the last ones built at Potsdam. It was a commemoration of the Prussian Victory in the Seven Years War with Austria, and all of the decorations were done as a reminder of that fact. Lots of victorious angels blowing trumpets, statues of gods, busts of men in armour and so on. Very impressive. This was designed for state occasions, though sadly it was closed as well.

    Looked around at a couple of the other pavilions, but neither of us felt super inclined to stay outdoors for much longer since it was still incessantly overcast and with a biting wind. I know it's around 5 degrees, so I really hope it doesn't get a whole lot colder!!

    Back home to Prenzlauer Berg where we relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. In the evening we headed out to meet up with a friend from the music scene who's lived in Berlin for the last 7 years. He's a music journalist and quite a good conversationalist so it was good to see him again! He brought a couple of Australian friends along too, so it was nice to have some proper conversation with people who aren't your partner! Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Had a funny mix-up with dinner - he'd booked one place but told us another by mistake! By chance we bumped into one of his friends who was in our party and had also been sent to the wrong venue, so we shared a cab to the right place. Had some good traditional German food, then went off to a nightclub where we saw a Dutch band play live. I'd never heard of them but I knew their record label (Kompakt) so I knew they'd be quite good, which they were! All over by 11pm, and we were home in bed by midnight - a nice civilised night out!
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    Trish Forrester

    That's a lot of sites!

    11/14/17Reply
     
  • Day40

    Sansouci

    September 9, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    If you are king you need a weekender to getaway for the Summer.
    Fredrick the Great thought he need a little place so built a few conveniences in the park at San Souci.
    The Palace was a start, terraced the front for a vineyard. (Grapes died a couple of times so put in cheeries and plums, not even absolute monarchs have it their own way all the time).
    Built an Orangery (more of this later) as you need you fresh fruit, had a ruin built to give the vies some interest.

    Amazing place and the target for every drive by tour group in Germany.

    The foundation who run the place do not seem to believe that human need to excrete and are in serious need of a consultation with English Heritage regarding customer facilities. They haven’t got the cafe, toilet, shop thing going at all. And the hedge trimming would never do for the UK.

    Excellent time despite the houses of convenience.

    For more:
    https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/schloss-sanssouci
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    Shirley Longhurst

    Gold and more gold. Privacy for sleeping.

    9/14/18Reply
     

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