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Potsdam

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  • Day32

    Potsdam

    July 19, 2017 in Germany

    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

    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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  • Day35

    Schloss Sanssouci

    October 10, 2015 in Germany

    How many ways are there to say palace - more than you might think. We had one of those perfect days that come along when you are travelling and the stars align. Having settled into Berlin on our first day with a tour jam packed with history and sights, we decided to head off to Potsdam today to visit Frederic the Great's summer palace, Sanssouci. No history lessons here, but it seems like Frederic the Great was really .... Great. According to our guide from the first days, he was one of the few historical figures to actually be called 'Great' while he was still around to appreciate it. He didn't mind a good fight and put his dad's vast army to good use, but he also valued art, science and culture - and having a good time. He set up a university and invited the best scholars from around Europe to come and study. And if that wasn't enough he seems to have been a pretty good politician as well.
    One thing for sure, his summer palace is Devine. Not a huge monstrosity - elaborate, but not ridiculous and the whole thing blending in so well in the huge garden around it. The vineyard in the front yard is gone but most if it is lovingly restored and tended. It was easy to get to, easy to get around and the weather was just perfect - if a bit chilly. It seems others approved of his choice because there are at least 6 palaces scattered around the place and he didn't build them all. He was much influenced by Roman and Greek architecture and even had some ruins built which were visible in the distance from the palace.

    All in all a fabulous day in Potsdam.
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  • Day2

    Mit der Bahn nach Berlin

    April 29, 2017 in Germany

    Gleich nach dem Frühstück (es gibt Brötchenservice am SP!!) haben wir das Wohnmobil vom Nacht-Parkplatz auf den offiziellen Stellplatz umgeparkt, so kamen wir auch zum Landstrom.

    Dann gings dann mit der Bahn nach Berlin. Ist super, sind kaum 10 Min. zu Fuß vom SP bis zur Bahn Haltestelle in Marquardt. War dann irgendwie schon wie "Out of Rosenheim" - kein Ticket Schalter, nix, gut dass ich mir die BVV App zuvor heruntergeladen hatte und mich angemeldet hatte, so konnte ich die Tickets online buchen. Klappt super. Auch die Fahrpläne sind super gemacht, alle Verbindungen, welches Gleis usw. Vorbildlich. "Endlich mal ein Lob" meinte eine Kontrolleurin später im Zug, als ich ihr nur Gutes über die App berichtet habe.Read more

  • Day4

    Es ist der perfekte Stellplatz (SP 2125581 bei http://meinwomo.net)! Er bietet beste Verbindungen nach Potsdam und Berlin per Bus und Bahn. Der Stellplatz mit allem was es braucht! Sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Besitzer. Und das Restaurant ist auch vom feinsten, wir haben hervorragend gegessen!! Uns hat es ausgezeichnet gefallen und wir kommen bestimmt wieder!

    Details:
    -Grauwasserentsorgung möglich
    - Toilettenentsorgung möglich
    - Toilettenbenutzung kostenlos
    - Duschen (warm!!) kostenlos
    - Frischwasserversorgung kostenlos
    - W-Lan (im Restaurant) kostenlos
    - Müllentsorgung kostenlos
    - Brötchenservice
    - 'Notfall Service' (wie Zahnbürsten, Tee, Kaffe etc.)
    - kostenloser Verleih von Fahrrad Karten
    - Bus vor der Haustür
    - Bahn in 10 Min. fußläufig - in 20 Min. in Potsdam - in 45-60 Min. in Berlin
    - Strom (0,50€ kw)

    Der Platz bietet aktuell für ca. 8 Wohnmobile Platz, eine tolle Erweiterung wurde gebaut, wir hoffen sehr, dass die notwendige Genehmigung schnellstens erfolgt, der Platz ist es wert!
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  • Day4

    Radtour nach Potsdam

    May 1, 2017 in Germany

    Unsere Familie ist wieder auf dem Heimweg, wir machen eine kleine Radtour. Ganz gemütlich nach dem Frühstück geht es um 10:30 Uhr los. Wir fahren durch sehr ländliches, aber sehr schönes Gelände auf kleinen Wegen Richtung Potsdam, das wir um kurz vor 12 erreichen.

    In der sehr schönen Innenstadt gibt es allerlei zu kaufen, Moni bekommt ein schöne Kette (zum Muttertag) und dann gibt es Mittagessen in einer kleinen Kneipe mitten im Ort.Read more

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