Potsdam is situated on the river Havel, southwest of Berlin. The city features a series of interconnected lakes and unique cultural landscapes, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci which are the largest World Heritage Site in Germany.
Interestingly enough, Potsdam is not an actual part of the city of Berlin but because it’s only 24km away, it provides the destination for one the most popular day trips. The look and feel of Potsdam can be explained by the fact that most of its sights were built during the 18th and 19th century when the city was home to the Prussian kings.
The Potsdam district of Babelsberg also serves as one of the leading centers of European film production within Germany. Today when we think of film, Hollywood jumps to mind but I bet you didn’t you know that The Film studio Babelsberg has significant historical value as it is the oldest large scale film studio in the world. Today, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg still frequently record soundtracks for domestic and foreign based film productions. Film isn’t the only fascination found in Potsdam as there are three public colleges and more than 30 research institutes in Potsdam.
The Holländisches Viertel otherwise known as the Dutch Quarter, covers a total area of four city blocks containing approximately 150 houses. The houses are built in traditional Dutch styles which include un-plastered red bricks with white seams and window shutters. Furthermore, this ensemble of buildings is unique in Europe. It was originally built for Dutch craftsmen around 1734 to 1742. Today you can stroll along this quarter to find and discover coffee houses, exclusive shops and restaurants. In addition, the architecture of this whole quarter is what ultimately defines it from other quarters within Europe. Make sure to visit this quarter when you’re planning your trip to Berlin!
Apart from visiting the Dutch Quarter and its surrounding areas, you can also experience the restored ensemble consisting of the front part of the house facing the street, the courtyard, the half timbered courtyard building and the house garden in its original form for yourself. In order for you to make the most out of your stay and visit in Berlin, make sure to arrange all of your accomodatie in Berlijn well in advance. This is also a perfect opportunity for you to book a hotels Berlijn. If you’re going to stay for a longer period of time, then it is recommended to search for appartement in Berlijn.