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Snapshots of Potsdam: Day Trip from Berlin

Potsdam, Germany is a fun and easy day trip from Berlin.

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Potsdam is a thirty minute drive from where we were staying in Berlin and boasts a garden that seems like a smaller and much less crowded version of Versailles. (Also it is free to visit!) So we decided to spend a day there.

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We had gorgeous weather for our trip to Berlin, so we all agreed that a trip to the Sansoucci Gardens and palaces would be a great way to be outside and enjoy the sunshine!

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Also, after being on city streets for a few days, it was wonderful to run free through the park.

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There are over 200,000 plants in Sansoucci. The gardens run over 2 kilometers in both directions and on each side are ornate palaces and buildings. In addition to the palaces, there is a university, an orangery, a vineyard, and Roman baths. There’s even an old windmill.

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A huge fountain in the center of the gardens is surrounded by Greek statues. Simon took photos of every single one, walking around and letting us know who was who.

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We were there at a great time (July). Loads of flowers in bloom.

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Plus there were grapes on the vines.

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Besides the walking paths, there were also lots of fields to play or picnic in.

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This is one of the university buildings. So lovely. While we stood in front of these beautiful old university buildings, I told the boys to add it to their list of possible schools. Because I like to remind them often that university is free in Germany.

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This column connected two university buildings. It’s being restored as it was damaged during WWII and since Potsdam was previously part of East Germany, post-war restoration has come a bit more slowly.

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This smaller palace is called the Belvedere. It was up on a hill, and a nearby another old building had been turned into a darling restaurant.

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Tree-lined paths make me smile.

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It took us over two hours to tour the gardens, so when we finished we made our way over to the town of Potsdam to find a bite to eat.

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We went to the Dutch Quarter of Potsdam for lunch. There are 169 red brick buildings that make you think you’re in Amsterdam for the afternoon.

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The vibe is super fun. Outdoor tables and markets everywhere.

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We found a perfect spot where we ordered up drinks and little flatbread pizzas.

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Then we walked a bit more around the Dutch Quarter before heading back to Berlin. We all agreed that Potsdam was well worth our time and to us it felt like sort of a hidden jewel of Germany. It was fun to find a German town that also had a little bit of the Netherlands, France and Italy in it.

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One more detail.

We drove to Potsdam, but you can also take a direct train from Berlin.¬†Charlotten Hof is the stop for the gardens and it’s a ten minute walk to the palace.

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