Lonely Planet review
Potsdam, on the Havel River just southwest of Greater Berlin, is the capital of Brandenburg state and the largest single tourist attraction in the region after Berlin itself. Visitors come here in their thousands to admire the stunning architecture of this former Prussian royal seat and to soak up the elegant air of history that still characterises its parks and gardens. Potsdam’s focal point is Sanssouci Park , a Unesco World Heritage site with criss-crossing trails strewn throughout; take along the free map provided by the tourist office or you’ll find yourself up the wrong path at almost every turn. The various palaces are spaced fairly far apart – it’s about 15km to complete the entire circuit. Sadly, cycling in the park is limited to just a few routes.