2nd April. “It’s going to be dry this weekend, we’ll go to Potsdam on Saturday”. So informed my daughter the purple furred Lemming. The next morning we caught the bus to Alexanderplatz station and from there the S7 train for the half hour journey west of Berlin to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. We were going to spend the day at Sanssouci Park so took the 695 bus.
I am used to visiting stately homes in the UK but the scale of Sanssouci was something else. For a start there are four Palaces in the 300 hectare grounds plus a whole host of temples and other associated buildings (you have to have somewhere to keep your lawnmower 🤔). The first Palace we visited was the Orangery.
This Palace was built in 1864 for King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Inside, seen through the huge windows, were stored all the ornamental trees and shrubs that would decorate the grounds in summer. It actually felt a few degrees warmer here.
We wandered west through the parkland to the New Palace which was completed in 1769 for King Friedrich II. It has over 200 rooms and the outside is adorned with over 400 statues! Although it looks like red brick it is actually painted plaster but very convincing. After the King’s death in 1786 the Palace was not used for seventy years until Frederick III took it on.
The hours flew by and it was soon time to return to Berlin. We had not even had a chance to see Sanssouci Palace and gardens and you could spend another day or two exploring the City itself. Not sure how many miles we walked but ‘Chilli’ the dog slept well that night!