In past centuries, Potsdam was considered one of the most important Prussian cities. Today, surrounded by 19 lakes and the picturesque Havel River, it surprises visitors with history, impressive palaces such as the one in Sanssouci, and numerous gardens and parks.
The damage caused by Allied bombing in 1945 and the subsequent Potsdam Conference held in the city immediately after the war, have completely changed its character. During the free tour [of the historic center, we will delve into this fascinating history of former splendor, destruction during the war and impressive reconstruction in the era of German reunification.
Our free walking tour starts at Am Alten Markt Square next to the 16 m high obelisk dedicated to the 4 brilliant Prussian architects. We will learn a little more about the dynasty that promoted the culture, architecture and art of this German city: the Hohenzollerns.
We will continue the free Potsdam tour next to the iconic St. Nicholas Church ( St. Nikolaikirche). Did you know that this temple is an imitation of the world-renowned monument?
We will learn a little more about the dynasty that promoted the culture, architecture and art of this German city: the Hohenzollerns. We will then continue to cover the highlights, such as St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, the charming Dutch Quarter, Brandenburger Street and some of the city’s historic gates.
We will talk about the famous inhabitants of Potsdam: Voltaire, Humboldt and Einstein.
Our free tour of Potsdam concludes in front of the emblematic Sanssouci Palaces, a great symbol of the affection for art, architecture and nature of its founder, the Prussian king Frederick the Great. strong>.