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Top Choice Palace in Potsdam

Schloss & Park Sanssouci

This glorious park and palace ensemble is what happens when a king has good taste, plenty of cash and access to the finest architects and artists of the day. Sanssouci was dreamed up by Frederick the Great (1712–86)…
Top Choice Palace in Potsdam

Schloss Sanssouci

Frederick the Great's famous summer palace, this rococo gem was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff in 1747 and sits daintily above vine-draped terraces with the king's grave nearby. Admission is limited a…
Top Choice Memorial in Around Berlin

Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen

About 35km north of Berlin, Sachsenhausen was built by prisoners and opened in 1936 as a prototype for other camps. By 1945, some 200,000 people had passed through its sinister gates, most of them political opponent…
Top Choice Castle in Spandau

Zitadelle Spandau

The 16th-century Spandau Citadel, on a little island in the Havel River, is considered one of the world’s best-preserved Renaissance fortresses. With its moat, drawbridge and arrowhead-shaped bastions, it is also a …
Top Choice Museum in Potsdam

Museum Barberini

The original Barberini Palace was a baroque Roman palazzo commissioned by Frederick the Great and bombed to bits in World War II. Since January 2017, a majestic replica has added a new jewel to Potsdam's already bur…
Top Choice Historic Building in Potsdam

Chinesisches Haus

The 18th-century fad for the Far East is strongly reflected in the adorable Chinese House. The cloverleaf-shaped pavilion is among the park's most photographed buildings thanks to its enchanting exterior of exotical…
Top Choice International in Lübbenau

Schlossrestaurant Linari

This delightful restaurant in the Lübbenau Palace is elegant without being stuffy, and the chef keeps the innovative menu in flux with seasonal and regionally hunted-and-gathered ingredients. In summer, the terrace …
Top Choice Museum in Lübbenau

Freilandmuseum Lehde

In the protected village of Lehde, this cluster of historical Sorb farm buildings gives you a good sense of what rural life in the Spreewald was like a century ago. Wander among the reed-covered buildings, stop at a…
Square in Potsdam

Alter Markt

Halfway between the Hauptbahnhof and the Altstadt, the Alter Markt is the site where Potsdam's settlement began. Under Frederick the Great, it evolved into one of Europe's most beautiful squares and, until its destr…
Gallery in Grunewald & Dahlem

Brücke-Museum

In 1905 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner founded Germany’s first modern-artist group, called Die Brücke (The Bridge). Rejecting traditional techniques taught in the academies, they exper…