Visit the spectacular city of Potsdam
Being the capital city of the federal state of Brandenburg, Potsdam is a very attractive tourist destination. The state of Brandenburg surrounds Berlin, but does not include it. Potsdam is a magnificent city, being home to some fascinating attractions. The major tourist attractions include breathtaking palaces, parks, churches, museums, the roman baths and so on.
The deluge of the outstanding cultural sites attracts thousands of tourists each year. Several attractions are included on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The surroundings of Potsdam are also very attractive, with numerous interconnected lakes. If you would like to visit Potsdam on your next holiday, read the following article which will include useful information about the best sights of the city.
The Sanssouci Palace
One of Germany’s most beautiful palaces, the Sanssouci Palace is a major landmark and an important tourist attraction in Potsdam. The outstanding rococo palace attracts dozens of visitors every year. It is also famous for its park which houses wonderful follies and temples. The Sanssouci Palace used to be the summer palace of the King of Prussia, Frederick the Great. It was built between 1745 and 1747 and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park of the palace is simply fascinating. It is huge and includes numerous points of interest, such as the New Palace, the Chinese House, the Roman Baths and so on. The Sanssouci Palace can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 (from April to October) and from 9:00 to 16:00 (from November to March). (November 2012)
The New Palace
Another outstanding palace of Potsdam, the New Palace can be found in the royal park of the Sanssouci Palace. The immense Baroque palace is considered the largest in the park. A large number of 60 rooms can be visited of the 200 fascinating palatial rooms. It is also a magnificent tourist attraction and can be visited every day, except Fridays. From April to October it is open from 9:00 to 17:00 and from November to March it is open from 9:00 to 16:00. (November 2012)
The Orangery Palace
The beautiful Orangery Palace is a very attractive sight of Potsdam. It is characterized by the features of the Renaissance architectural style. The palace was built between 1851 and 1864. One of the major highlights of the palace is the Raphael Hall which is considered the major room of the Orangery and includes numerous outstanding copies of Raphael’s paintings. The gardens of the palace are also very famous, including exotic flowers, palms, beautiful fountains, arcades and so on.
The Roman Baths
Also situated in the Sanssouci Park, the Roman Baths are very attractive among visitors. Built in the 19th century, it includes several features, such as the Great Arbour, the tea pavilion, the gardener’s lodge, the roman baths and so on. It can be visited from May to October every day except on Mondays, from 10:00 until 17:00. (November 2012)
The Babelsberg Park
As for the green spaces, there are fantastic parks and gardens in the city of Potsdam. One of these is the popular Babelsberg Park. The immense and beautiful park includes numerous fantastic buildings, too, such as the Little Palace, the Flatow Tower, the Sailors’ House and so on. The Babelsberg Park is very popular both among local people and visitors.