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Jürgen Drews sang "Ich bau dir ein Schloss" (I'll build you a castle) and hit the "poodle at the core," as the saying goes. Long before Mr. Drews' time as an island bard, however, people in Potsdam apparently thought along similar lines. 16 imposing castles can be found in the beautiful capital of Brandenburg. 16 castles? Yes, 16...
How about a fairytale castle hopping? We'll show you Potsdam's most worthwhile castles, which, just as a side note, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Potsdam thus has the highest number of castles per inhabitant in Germany. So let's lustwalk. Après vous, s'il vous plaît.
Welcome to Frederick II's favorite palace, where to this day the remains of "Old Fritz," as Frederick II was popularly known, can be found in the crypt on the top vineyard terrace. In fact, no other castle is so closely associated with a personality as the pleasure palace of Old Fritz. The latter was known as a composing flute player, battle-hardened general. Some called him tolerant, others said he was tactless. Either way, Old Fritz is and his pompous vision are still imposing today and definitely worth a visit.
Address: Sanssouci Palace, Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam
You are impressed by the Sanssousi Palace? Then a visit to the neighboring New Palace will impress you even more. By far the largest palace, it has 200 rooms, four imposing ballrooms and a rococo theater. It was planned and completed in 1769 by Frederick the Great as the last palace in his reign. Emperor Wilhelm II (1888-1918) made it his summer residence. Who could blame him? Unlike the intimate and rather modest Sanssouci Palace, the New Palace served as a venue for official, prestigious occasions. Pomp as pomp can be!
Address: Neues Palais, Am Neuen Palais, 14469 Potsdam