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Potsdam

Potsdam Potsdam, on the Havel River just southwest of Greater Berlin, is the capital and crown jewel of the state of Brandenburg. The fascinating architecture of this former Prussian royal seat and the gentle air of history that still adheres over its parks and gardens prove an intoxicating cocktail to the millions of visitors who arrived upon the town each year. A visit here is important if you are spending any time in the region at all. All this glamour didn't go unperceived by Unesco, which gave World Heritage site status to the entire city in 1990.

The interesting city of Potsdam is most often observed as a day trip from Berlin. The principal reason to arrive is to tour the palaces and royal parks built around the edge of the city. But Potsdam's attractive lakes and slower pace (compared to Berlin) are additional draws.

Potsdam Schlosspark Sanssouci is the first must be appraised. The summer palace of Frederick the Great, Schloss Sanssouci, is there, along with a number of other palaces, museums and buildings of interest. East of Potsdam, Schlosspark Neuer Garten is located next to two lakes; you can arrive to the Marmorpalais (Marble Palace) and Schloss Cecilienhof, but the natural beauty of the park is an alike strong attraction. Schosspark Babelsberg, the site of a 19th-century castle built for the future Kaiser Wilhelm I, also frames historic structures in a wonderful setting.

Potsdam Sights worth viewing in the old town center involve Nikolaikirche (a domed church designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the architect whose labor shaped much of Berlin) and the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). Filmmuseum Potsdam, situated in the former palace's stables, narrates the history of the nearby Babelsberg film and TV studios, where daily tours take visitors behind the scenes. The Hollandisches Viertel (Dutch-style gabled houses) and, farther north, Siedlung Alexandrowka (Russian-style houses) are interesting neighborhoods well-worth exploring. If time allows, take a relaxing boat trip on the area's many lakes and rivers.

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