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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

  • Day40

    Church of Peace, Potsdam

    September 9 in Germany

    The church is really rather neat and is adjacent to the Sans Souci Park of Fredrick the Great.

    This is a World Heritage site and was created of Fredrick the Great in Potsdam about an hour from Berlin by the mighty S Bahn and a bus trip.
    Missed the stop Mark had planned and got off at the right one!
    Enormous place, gardens, palaces, an art gallery the size of a bus station.

    The church was built by King Frederick William IV in 1884, it’s based on original sketches that he made.
    Gave his architect two instructions: has to be based on the early Christian Basilica di San Clemente in Rome and it had to accommodate the apse mosaic from the church San Cipriano from Murano in the Venetian Lagoon, that he had bought in 1834.

    It’s good to be king.

    For a while it serviced as his mausoleum but he along with a lot of other Royals ended up in the Dom in Berlin.
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  • Day40

    Sansouci

    September 9 in Germany

    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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  • Day40

    Remember the Orangerie.

    September 9 in Germany

    What do you do with your art collection when you’ve filled the Palace?
    You convert your Orangery into another Palace to house it of course you silly little Democrats.
    That just what Fredrick the Great did.
    We originally thought the place was San Souci itself but was only the shed to store the artwork.
    Ridiculously beautiful with marble, gold and seemingly hundreds of paintings (140) it’s called simply the Picture Gallery.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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  • Day13

    potsdam - berlin

    October 9 in Germany

    mit dem bus nach potsdam. in den schon vollen bus steigt noch eine schulkasse zu. momo hält sich klasse. zu fuss durch die altstadt von potsdam und in den park sanssouci. wir bleiben den ganzen tag über bis spät in die nacht. potsdam und ihre menschen haben es uns wirklich angetan.

  • Day6

    Heute habe ich auf meiner Fahrt nach Potsdam wohl alle möglichen „Velopisten“ angetroffen, die überhaupt denkbar sind!
    Ich habe auch unglaubliche Alleen durchfahren, die über Kilometer oft von keinem einzigen Auto befahren wurden. Ein Paradies!
    Gestaunt habe ich, als mein App (Komoot) mich plötzlich in die Elbe führen wollte! 😉
    Für € 1.50 nahm ich aber doch die Fähre. Nach total über 800 km erreichte ich gegen Abend Potsdam, welches ich morgen (ohne 🚴🏾‍♂️!) als ganz normaler Tourist erkunden werde.
    Ich freue mich auf jeden Fall auf den „Fussgängertag“!
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  • Day7

    15550 steps!!

    August 6 in Germany

    Ich muss wohl nicht speziell erwähnen, dass ich eigentlich recht gerne Velo fahre!😉
    Aber ebenso gibt es Tage, wo ich es geniesse, das 🚴🏾‍♂️ auf der Seite zu lassen! Und heute war ein solcher Tag. (So war der sportliche Ertrag die erwähnten 15555 Schritte!)
    Da ich das Rad im Hotelzimmer habe (!), schaute ich es heute kurz an und machte mich nach gemütlichem Zmörgele auf den Weg, Potsdam zu erkunden.
    Als erstes gönnte ich mir eine unglaublich gute und erholsame Thaimassage! Ich starb wohl 1000 Tode, da meine Muskulatur extrem verhärtet war. Danach war ich aber wie neugeboren, oder wenigstens halbwegs!
    Irgendwann am Nachmittag buchte ich eine Bootsfahrt, die mich an vielen Schlössern um Potsdam vorbeiführte. Der geschichtliche Hintergrund mit dem Fall der Berliner Mauer (wer würde denken dass dies nicht einmal 30 Jahre zurückliegt!) war irgendwie auch erschreckend.
    Morgen werde ich nochmals in diesem sehr speziellen Hotel (Bild 6, für mich genial) gemütlich frühstücken um dann die letzten 30 Kilometer nach Berlin unter die Räder zu nehmen.
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  • Day2

    Los geht es...

    October 21 in Germany

    Heute soll mit der eigentlichen Strecke begonnen werden.
    Nach tollem Frühstück mit herrlichem Blick geht es los!
    Beim Start am Hotel stellen wir fest, dass es in unmittelbarer Nähe das erste Schild - ganz unscheinbar - vom Mauerweg gibt. Das Ausschauhalten danach setzt sich fort. Aber immerhin schaffen wir am ersten Tag die landschaftlich wunderschöne westliche Strecke bis Hennigsdorf, gut 50 km!
    Den Abschluss bildet die Fahrt mit der S-Bahn zurück bis direkt zum Griebnitzsee.
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