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Potsdam: Baroque Buildings Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

Potsdam: Baroque Buildings Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

Take a walk through Potsdam’s Old Town, one of the most beautiful baroque centers in all of Europe, with a smartphone app that functions as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. See the city's main sights, and hear its history from the 1700s to World War II all the way to today. Start outside the Ringerkolonnade, the set of columns that stand tall beside Landtag Brandenburg, a replica of Potsdam’s former royal palace which serves as the seat of the Brandenburg Parliament today. From there, head to Alter Markt, once considered one of Europe’s most gorgeous squares. Learn why the faces of kings on the obelisk in the square’s center were replaced with the faces of architects. See the Barberini Palace Museum and the Old City Hall – both restored since World War II – and St. Nicolai Church which managed to survive the destruction. Next, make your way to the section of Old Town that escaped World War II’s bombs, and find over 400 intact houses from the early 1700s. Check the app to see how to reach the Dutch Quarter, home to charming red-brick houses that were built under the second Prussian King. Along the way, find yourself standing in the shadows of three of the old city gates – Nauener Tor, Jagertor, and Potsdam’s very own Brandenburg Gate. Pass by the guard house, Alte Wache. Discover remains of the old city wall of 1722. Learn about the city’s Jewish community as you pass the Alte Synagoge (Potsdam’s old Synagogue). Stop at a memorial for the victims of Nazi and East German persecution.See Mozart’s House, the place where he resided during his disappointing visit to the city. Stroll along Platz der Einheit (the Square of Unity), Bassinplatz (Bassin Square), the Alter Kanal (Alter Canal), and the Neuer Markt (New Market Square). Stop anytime you want to try some Dutch-style pancakes.

Private Sightseeingtour im Taxi nach Potsdam und Sanssouci

Private Sightseeingtour im Taxi nach Potsdam und Sanssouci

After picking you up from your hotel, we drive over the highway to the city of Potsdam (East Germany). We park next to the old windmill. From there we have a first view over the park of Sanssouci. We head over to the little palace itself (timeslot, tickets included if you have chosen this option). You will see there the palace of King Frederic II, the Great, on the vineyard. It has only 8 rooms, but very well crafted in the Rococo style. One half was used by himself, library, bed room, music room, audience room. The others were used by his (only male) guests. The most famous among them was Voltaire. They discussed, had dinner or played music together in the beautiful oval hall with columns made by Caracas marble. The whole interior is saved from the time of construction 1745-47. During main season (1st April to 30th Sept) you can see the the kitchen (original interieur 19th century) and the picture gallery, with the original collection of Frederic II, including Incredulous Thomas from Caravaggio. From there we have a beautiful walk over the garden terrace of the palace, seeing the grave of Frederic and his dogs. We walk down the vineyard, towards the huge fountain. From there we take a scenic way through the landscape shaped garden with meadows, small bridges, a Chinese House (can be visited) and more figures and temples, preciously arranged. And always a view through the trees and bushes towards another palace, obelisque, the windmill or some grottos and scultpures. Mostly we finish this little walk by the stairs towards the marvellous "palace of plants" from the 19th century, the Orangerie palace. We stroll through its gardens, fountains, bushes and roses, totally in Italian architecture, built by the last Prussian King, Frederic William IV. Partly still refurbished, but with a beautiful panorama view over the Sanssouci park, including the New Palace. From there it's only a little walk back to our car. We take our car and have a route through (!) the garden, passing the Orangerie Palace and head over to the huge New Palace. It was as well built from Frederic II after the 7-years-war in a record time of 7 years only. To brag about his victory, as he confessed - and to store there his family, when he was visited. Because he preferred to live only with his friends in the vineyard palace. And left his wife in another palace in the North of Berlin. We could visit this palace with 400-600 rooms (depending if you count servant's rooms), but most guests decide to have a view on the beautiful baroque city centre of Potsdam. Unlike Berlin, it's almost preserved from the war, but the city palace was recently reconstruced. We finish our tour with our route back to Berlin, passing the Cecilie's Palace (Potsdam conferenc was here in 1945, can be visited), the spy bridge (Glienicker Brücke) with view on the palaces of Babelsberg and Glienicke. And turn back via Federal Street No. 1, we old Reichsstr. 1 of the German Empire, back to your accommodation.

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