The Sachsenhausen concentration camp, located in the town of Oranienburg, was built by the Nazis in 1936 to confine or massively liquidate political opponents, Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, prisoners of war and Jehovah's Witnesses. Approximately 30,000 prisoners of all kinds were killed on this field. We found the place a bit disappointing in some ways because it was very different than what it originally was. On the other hand, though, we learned about some of the actions that were carried out in the death camp, as this also became one in the final stages of the Holocaust.
Sanssouci Park is full of fresh air thank to its trees and different varieties of flowers. It was the summer Rococo style residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The park contains more than 10 buildings spread over 300 hectares of the park. Two of these include the the tea room and the Roman baths.
Go to Potsdam, a perfect place to relax from the hustle of the city, walking through the gardens and palaces. Southwest of Berlin, just over 25 km, it's the capital of the state of Brandenburg. It housed the splendor and decadence of the Prussian Empire until the Weimar Republic was established in 1919. The focus of Potsdam is Sanssoucci Park, Unesco World Heritage, which offers a complex of palaces and gardens, begun in the eighteenth century during the reign of Frederick the Great, expanded later in the nineteenth century. Remarks: The Sanssouci Palace, Rococo, made for the enjoyment of the King, a refuge for Frederick the Great's private life and where he could indulge his love of music. The Renaissance Orangerie or Orangery Palace, a guest house for foreign royalty. The Neues Palais, or New Palace, the late Baroque summer residence of the royal family. The Chinese Tea House or Casa China expressing the taste of the time for Chinese architecture, elegant and cheerful. The Friedenskirche or Peace Church in Italian architectural style. To get to Potsdam from Berlin the S7 stations joins central Berlin Friedrichstrasse and the Potsdam-Hauptbahnhof Hauptbahnhof.
Originally settled by the Dutch, this place definitely has a different air. As if it weren't so German. Or maybe it's just not as Prussian. Although we can not say either that walking the streets feeling one can be transferred to a Dutch town environment. In that strange mixture is its charm. There are many bars, cafés and shops. Potsdam is a university town and it really shows here.
Located in the Park Sanssouci, Neues Palais is a castle in which several members of the Prussian royal family resided. It's definitely worth the visit, and there aren't usually many people. Also, the recent conservation work around the palace is an added reason to visit.
This tower is located in Babelsberg Park (which has a [poi = 178191] palace [/ poi] of the same name), on a small hill, just outside Potsdam. Built in the Gothic style between 1853 and 1856, the tower was modelled after the Torturm Eschenheimer in Frankfurt/Main. There is a moat surrounding the tower whose water is used for irrigation within the park.
Apparently cucumbers have been grown here since the 6th century. They are everywhere; in tasting vats, in jars to take home, in soups, in museums and cheeky ceramic versions on every table. Spreewald is about an hour by train from Berlin, get off at Lubbenau station. Once there the best way to explore is with a kayak or canoe. I hired a kayak for a three hour tour from Richter kayak hire. They kindly gave me a waterproof map with a recommended route. It was super relaxing paddling along the tranquil canals to historic Lehde for a refreshment stop before returning. I think I saw a fish eagle but the otters were elusive. You will definitely encounter mosquitoes so apply insect repellent before you start, that's biodiversity for you. Once back on dry land a beer and gherkin flavored sausage is recommended before catching the train back to Berlin.
Schonefeld is the former East Berlin airport, and is located about 20km from the city center. This airport hosts many lowcost airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair and Germanwings. To arrive there, hop on the S-bahn line 9 that is direct from Alexanderplatz to the airport. When we had to work, we took a free shuttle bus to another stop of the S-Bahn 9. The airport is located in Area C of travel, so you have to buy a special ticket, a single ticket costing 2.80 euros. If you want a ticket that includes travel within Berlin for the day, the price is 5.60 euros. The inside of the airport is pretty basic, at least security is quick, and there are some shops. The food stalls aren't cheap and they have terraces. The tourist information office can sell the card for transportation and museums or daily pass only for transports.
I came to this park to see palaces and the truth is that they're spectacular. ([poi = 81001] Sanssouci [/ poi], [poi = 171501] the New Palace [/ poi]), but I found myself in front of this magnificent, perfectly-preserved mill. Admittedly I'm passionate about buildings like that. It's in the northeast of the park, near the Sanssouci palace. If desired, and after passing through the box office, you can see inside.
If you come to Berlin in spring or summer and visit Sansoucci Castle in Potsdam, you will also know this 18 century tea house. Not in use now, but for its décor and its historical significance, worth a visit. Frederick the Great had it built when the East became fashionable, first in Germany, then in France and the UK. The trend was called Chinoiserie, and both the figures and the decoration of the walls were made imitating models of vases and china. Interestingly, the architect and the painters had never been to Asia. The interesting thing is the magnificent result of gilded figures that decorate this mini clover shaped construction. I always pause to contemplate the Lord Mandarin with umbrella sitting on the tea house. Perhaps it is too ornate, the fusion of Eastern and Rococo styles, but is from a period which admired Chinese culture and therefore also the most universal plant, tea.
The New Chambers were built by King Frederick the Great of Prussia between 1771 and 1775. The building west of Sanssouci Palace, serves as a complement to the Picture Gallery, which is to the east. Both buildings flanking the summer palace. The rooms replaced a greenhouse, allowing the accommodation of guests. Right behind them is the famous Mill Park.
In the park of the same name, surrounded by lakes, is where you'll find the less well known [poi = 81001] Sanssouci palace [/ poi] and [poi = 171501] the New Palace [/ poi]. They're a little further away from the center of town. Babelsberg Palace is Gothic style, was built in 1833 as a summer residence for which later became the Emperor William I. Impressive also the garden surrounding the palace, English style.
Nothing else is like this door, I thought it like one of the castles of Playmobil! In design, color. Seems like it was built yesterday, how well preserved. The first Nauener Tor (Nauen Gate) was built around 1720 about 400 meters from the present site. The second was built in 1733. In 1755 the gate was rebuilt in its present form by the architect Johann Gottfried Büring on the basis of a scheme of Federico II. Originally there was a city wall connecting the Nauen door with the other two doors, Jägertor and the "small" Brandenburg Gate. Today the three gates are connected by a boardwalk.
This church is one of the jewels of Sanssouci Park and was built according to the wishes, and with the close involvement of, King Frederick William IV and designed by court architect Ludwig Persius. The building was inaugurated on September 24, 1848 and its style is very similar to Italian monasteries. I could not see the church inside, but outside is impressive, I walked around the yard next to a lake ... it's simply beautiful!
In the heart of the Dutch quarter and end of a wide street, we found this Catholic Church (curious, considering the Potsdam is distinctly Protestant, from the sixteenth century) where the King sergeant invited Catholic workers, from the city Liege, to settle in Potsdam .. More impressive inside than the outside, due to the paintings, decorating the domes, columns, nothing is unpainted.