Potsdam, once Germany's most important town as residence of the German royal family, claims Frederick the Great (1712-1786) as its most flamboyant resident. Prussia's foremost king, whose official title was Frederick II, was a renowned patron of the arts, music, philosophy and architecture. He commissioned court architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff to construct several palaces based on the king's architectural ideas. The splendour of Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam's outstanding masterpiece, draws on the fabulous Palace of Versailles in France. It stands on a hill in the middle of a 287-hectare landscape park and is probably Germany's best known example of rococo architecture. The royal palaces and gardens of Sanssouci are architectural highlights of Potsdam's rich cultural history.
After an exciting visit to Berlin, it is time to relax in Potsdam. Follow in the footsteps of Frederick the Great and enjoy this unique architectural ensemble, the pride of Prussian Kings and German Emperors. This Arcadia of fine arts, set in one of Germany's most beautiful countrysides, provides a welcome tranquility after the hurly-burly of Berlin.
Stroll down the old Dutch quarter with its quaint, red brick, two-story houses built between 1737 and 1742, and nearby Brandenburger Street, once home to Mozart. Seek out Alexandrowka, the Russian complex of a dozen half-timbered log cabins designed in the form of a St. Andrew's cross. These were once homes to Russian singers belonging to a choir that had remained in the Prussian army following the campaign against Napoleon.
See the rebuilt Town Palace, the Church of St. Nicholas and the old Town Hall, all architectural marvels looking onto the Old Market. Today, the historic Royal Stables at the Old Market house Potsdam's Film Museum. Other interesting sights are the buildings of Filmstudio Babelsberg, the cradle of German cinema and still a major media center.
Potsdam is a monument to Prussia's pomp and circumstance, a world that has sunk into political oblivion, but still retains most of its architectural fascination and allure to the present day.
After highlighting the town's unique cultural status, we would like to draw attention to its flourishing dining scene.
Potsdam is one of those places that mix culture, history and eating well, the town's best restaurants are a toast to all your senses. The food scene of Potsdam stands out for its appreciation of regional products such as fish, wild boar, vegetables, sausages and a variety of smoked produce.
See our list of Potsdam's best restaurants..
Zur Historischen Mühle
Next to the historic windmill and Sanssouci Park is the charming restaurant "Zur Historischen Mühle" which is part of the famous Swiss Mövenpick network. With a large outdoor area, this restaurant / café is specializing in local meat, fish and delicious pastries. Zur Historischen Mühle offers weekly and quarterly menus, you will always find regional dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients in a unique environment. The restaurant is a good option for those who want to combine a visit to Sanssouci Palace with a pleasant and uncomplicated dining experience.
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