Sanssouci – Potsdam

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.

I do like a bit of symmetry. The Orangery Palace, Sanssouci
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.

“Ah tea time”
“Did someone mention tea?” I’m not sure what this White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) has caught but we had apple strudel and vanilla cream whilst being sprinkled with snow!

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.

If you’ve got it flaunt it, New Palace Sanssouci
Not is all as it seems. This is a replica of the historic smock mill which was destroyed in 1945

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!

16 thoughts on “Sanssouci – Potsdam

  1. After Gini and I enjoyed your post, she told me to go look for our old slides (age alert!) of our Germany tourist forays. Strudel and ice cream brought back immediate memories of a cafe overlooking the vineyards along the Mosel River. And my taste buds vividly recall how refreshing a liter of beer could be after walking around a centuries’ old palace!

    Terrific memories. Thank you for awakening them!

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  2. Magnificent pics Brian! Personally, I am a huge fan of Victorian history—that is to say, all the wonderous scientific inventions, architecture, fashion, etc.—as well as the Edwardian Era to 1945. And you have shown here WHY it is so easy to appreciate. 😉

    The colors you have captured are equally magnificent! I suspect there’s more of Germany to come? 😁

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    1. Many thanks Prof. The buildings of this period could be very ornate as well as functional, we seem to have lost that ability to create something pleasing from brick and mortar. I quite like some of the things from the industrial revolution.
      Just one more post to come from this visit, however this weekend I’m off to get my ears blasted by several thousand horsepower and my nose assaulted by the fumes of nitro, methanol and burning rubber so that might come first.

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