This is the second part of my Potsdam post …
After spending most of the morning and my lunch in Potsdams historical town center I wandered down towards Sanssouci and the park. It was hot that I took my time and was thankful for any spot of shade. Sadly that meant I didn’t have as much time at the park so am contemplating to go again … maybe next week if I can somehow arrange it Otherwise I will just have to come back.
Sanssouci (without worries) was Friedrich the Greats summer residence. It is often compared to Versailles, but is more Roccoco than French Baroque as it breaks with the strict symmetry and is more playful … for my taste overdone.
Friedrich the Great wanted the summer palace to be a place he could retreat too from the pomp and circumstances in Berlin, lead a simpler life hence the name “Sanssouci” – without worries, concerns, being carefree. Built between 1745 and 1747 it reflects a time when the Prussian dynasty was very powerful and remained the residence of the German imperial Family (Hohenzollern dynasty) until 1918.
As it is in Brandenburg, Potsdam was a favourite holiday place for many eastern Germans, with Sanssouci and its expansive gardens as its main attraction. After the reunification it became a World Heritage Site and is visited by more than 2 million people from around the world every year.
If you ever think on going, you will need more time than you think, take good walking shoes, lots to drink and make sure that your camera is fully charged.