Today I headed with Claire and the rest of our tour group to the German state of Brandenburg which is the capital of the legendary Potsdam. To get to the state, we took a train out of Berlin and then a bus and did a lot of walking. Our ultimate goal in Potsdam was to visit the gorgeous Sanssouci Palace which was the playground for the Prussian king, Frederick the Great.
Here are some scenes along the way within Potsdam.
This city is very rich and upscale although from outwards appearance, I could not tell. Some parts were just run down and old looking, much like a lot of Berlin, but it is affluent and very expensive.
Palace Cecilienhof where the infamous Potsdam conference was held. These walls hold a lot of government secrets no doubt!
Along the way, Claire told us about the incredible and often times funny history being Potsdam and the war. Very interesting indeed. Take a read here if you wish to learn more.
Gate to the city
I managed to take a lot of pictures and have some great laughs at the silly kings and rulers of the time in good old Prussia.
At lunch we made our way to a quaint little cafe that served great sandwiches and were famous for their cakes, apparently. So good. Then it was onto more touring and walking.
Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate
Finally, when we got to Sanssouci, I actually gasped in wonder. So far, this is my favourite castle/palace of them all! It is so pretty and fun.
Frederick the Great's final, final resting place. There are potatoes on this grave as he first recognized that this vegetable could feed the nation
After the tour, we made our way back to the city on the train and everyone went their respective ways. It was a great tour and I was sad to see Claire go...But I had other things to tacke that day. Namely, a BBQ.
If you remember from Munich, you will know I met a girl Andrea who I hung out with and promised to meet up with in Berlin.
Well, we met up that evening and it was great seeing her. First on the agenda was seeing a famous site in West Berlin before going to the BBQ.
Awe inspiring Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche. This church was partially bombed in the war and is kept alive to remind the world and Germany to not repeat the same mistake
After getting off a train, we made our to Kaiser William Memorial Church. This church is kept alive and standing to remind Germans of the war and the destruction it all caused. I was in awe of the building.
We then made our way to the BBQ party. It was a nice night but it was cold so I left a bit after midnight. A great eventful day.
Andreas salsa dancing with her friend