Friday, April 21, 2017


Today, we went to Potsdam to visit Park Sanssouci. We had a guided tour of the New Palace and park. It was massive so we didn't have enough time to see all of it, but what we did see was beautiful. 

The tour was very interesting and informative. We learnt a bit about the Prussian King; Frederick the Great who built the New Palace in Pack Sanssouci, near his favoured summer residence, a smaller palace, Sanssouci. He had the New Palace built as a symbol for the growing Prussian power after the Third Silesian war.  

Surprisingly, considering it has over 200 rooms and the period in which it was built, it took only 6 years to finish the massive new symbol of Prussian power including the separate kitchen and court residence opposite which is so large it functions as one of the buildings of Potsdam University today.  

Because of its great size and as parts of it are under restoration, we only saw about 20 rooms.  They were all very grand, most were built in the rococo style but some were in the baroque fashion.

After viewing the palace, we toured the park.  During this we saw the Temple of Friendship, which Frederick the Great had built for his favorite sister after her death. We also saw the Chinese Tea House and the palace Sanssouci from outside.

Afterwards, we saw the Peace Church and the mini Brandenburg Gate in Potsdam as well before meeting with our exchange partners for a late lunch.

In all, we had a great day viewing and admiring some of the beauty of Potsdam.  (by Katherine)

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