Potsdam is the capital city of the federal state of Brandenburg in Germany. It is situated on the Havel river, south-west of Berlin. It features a series of interconnected lakes and is widely known for its parks and castles of Sanssouci, a World Heritage Site. Potsdam is more than 1000 years old and many of its historic buildings are under re-construction after World War Two and the period of the GDR.
Potsdam’s major new family attraction is the high-tech Babelsberg Film Theme Park. There are also several fine 18th-century buildings preserved in the city, which boasts three large parks. The Neuer Garten contains the marble palace and Schloss Cecilienhof, where Stalin, Truman and Churchill drafted peace treaties in July and August 1945 during the Potsdam Conference. Sanssouci has the spectacular Sanssouci Palace, which was Frederick the Great’s favorite residence, and a gilded teahouse. The picture gallery next door to the palace contains many old masters. The city’s Dutch Quarter is an attraction in itself, as is the famous Potsdam Bridge, where East and West exchanged spies in all the best espionage films of the Cold War era.
Things to see and do
* Alter Markt (Old Market Square)
* Park Sanssouci
* Park Babelberg
* Holländisches Viertel (Dutch Quarters)
* Babelsbury Film Studios
Cruise Season – March - Oct
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – German
Land Area – 187.28 km’s
Population – 150,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49
Port Location – The port is located on the Havel river, at the reconstructed harbour next to the Lustgarten.
Transport Links –Potsdam can be reached from either the Tegel and Tempelhof airports in Berlin or from Schönefeld airport, located in the State of Brandenburg, east of Potsdam. Potsdam is part of the Intercity and Regional railway system of the Deutsche Bahn and can also be reached by coach from other German cities and European countries.
Potsdam can be easily reached from all directions by public transport.