Countless brick gable and eaves houses line the cobblestone streets and the café and cultural scene is literally blooming right and left . Pretty little shops with all kinds of handicrafts and galleries invite you to linger. The view into the various backyards along the quiet streets makes every architecture and gardener’s heart beat faster. Browsing and strolling in this ambience is simply a pleasure at any time of the year.
One of the cozy cafes is specialized and only offers cheese cake – no joke! It is available in all variants; with and without bottom, with curd cheese or many different fruit garnishes. Out of about 30 types, 8-10 styles are freshly baked in the “Guam” every day.
Hard to believe, but this historic brick quarter buildings were almost demolished in the 1980s. Today people like to live here again. Thanks to the monument protection and the fall of the Berlin Wall these four square sites still exist. This means that the city district was extensively renovated for around 235 million euros approx. 20 years ago.
It was king Friedrich-Wilhelm I, who had the 134 houses designed by master builder Johan Boumann between 1734 and 1742 in order to attract Dutch settlers. Because they had all kinds of technical knowledge to offer, such as the draining of swamp areas and silk weaving. In addition, the “soldier king”, who urgently needed craftsmen to expand his garrison town, loved the culture of the land situated on the North Sea shore.
But the particular city located not far from Berlin has still much more to offer. Elsewhere in another quarter you might even believe to be in Italy or Russia (Alexandrowka). More about this culture mix on another occasion.
Well, the city we are talking about is POTSDAM, the residence of the Prussian kings. The capital of Brandenburg (175,000 inhabitants) is not only characterized by many imposing buildings with impressive history, everywhere you come across extensive parks and glittering lakes. Also the filmmakers of Babelsberg since decades rave about this unique setting and it is not for nothing that the “beautiful and rich” particularly like to live here (such as quizmaster G. Jauch, ice-skating legend K. Witt or designer W. Joop).
Potsdam, the palace gardens of Sanssouci and its diverse surroundings are open for everyone. Romantic hideaways such as the little village of Caputh (Albert Einstein already enjoyed his view across the Havel river), the island of Werder or the Beelitz sanatoriums some kilometers south of the city are attractive excursion points for city dwellers not only on weekends.