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Antique car belonging to the tour
company that took me around
Potsdam by bus.
Potsdam is the Windsor of the Prussian
Kings. As such they felt they needed an
Egyptian obelisk - it's a fake.
The Glienicke bridge (1907) across the Havel
River. The so-called Bridge of the Spys -
where Cold war spy exchanges occurred.
The wall of white bricks behind which
are villas that were occupied by the
STASI and KGB.
Cecilienhof built in 1914 AD by
Emperor Wilhelm II for the Crown
Prince and his wife.
Our guide speaking in German to our
tour group at Schloss Cecilienhof.
The inner court of Cecilienhof.
Planted with the red star from the
Potsdam Conference of 1945 AD.
The gardens at Cecilienhof. Crown
Price Wilhelm and his wife actually
returned here after the war.
The windows that look in on the
Potsdam Conference Chamber. Now
this site is an exclusive Hotel.
A Russian government building. They
refused to leave Potsdam until 1995
when the Germans paid them to leave.
Russian colony of Alexandrowka, a
small enclave built for Russian
immigrants in 1825 AD.
The windmill added to Sanssouci in
1850 AD by Frederick William IV.
The Sanssouci gardens. The terraced
gardens were created in 1750 AD.
Sanssouci means "without a care" in
French. Built from 1745 to 1747 AD
by Prussian King Frederick the Great.
The Villa at Schloss Sanssouci.
The burial place of Frederick the
Great - King of Prussia (1712-86 AD).
Two Colonnades at the back of
Looking through the colonnade to
Ruinenberg - a faux Roman theatre.
Inside the colonnade at Sanssouci.
A gate on the Sanssouci property. It
appears to hold a snake but legend
is that it is a rock to drop on liars.
The Orangery Palace built by
Frederick William IV in 1864 to be a
guest house for Royal visitors.
The New Palace begun in 1763 by
Frederick the Great to celebrate Prussian
success in the Seven Years War.
The Communs which housed the
kitchens, and servants quarters for the
New Palace. Now part of a University.
The New Palace was intended as a
place to impress foreigners so it has
several ballrooms and a theatre.
Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate which
was built in 1770 AD - 18 years before
the one in Berlin.
The pedestrian only Brandenburger
Strasse in the center of Potsdam.
The backside of Brandenburg gate.
An outdoor market in downtown
Looking down Brandenburger Strasse
at Saints Peter and Paul Church
The Nauener Tor (gate) at the end
Frederick - Elbert Strasse. It was built
in 1755 AD.
The Dutch Quarter, 150 houses built
in Dutch style from 1734 to 1742 to
house Dutch craftsmen.
Frederick Elbert Strasse which leads
to the Train station.
Fortunaportal and Nikolaikirche at Alter
Markt. The former palaces here were
destroyed by war and the communists.
Reconstruction began in 2002 AD.
The train bridge over the Havel river
just before the train station.