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Brandenburger Straße

Potsdam’s historic Baroque centre dates from the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm I, the Soldier King. His aim was to transform Prussia into a modern state. This meant rehabilitating the country’s finances, establishing a functional bureaucracy and installing a powerful army. Potsdam was developed as a garrison town and was further expanded twice by two residential areas in 1722 and 1733. Soldiers were billeted with civilians. The 3 metre-high city wall prevented desertion by the soldiers and customs officials collected tolls on goods at the city gates. Friedrich II continued the work of his father. He had simple framework houses replaced with ones of stable stone, important buildings were given splendid facades, and a number of representative buildings were also erected.


Das Brandenburger Tor mit Luisenplatz
Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate and Luisenplatz


Building entrances


Ein Teilstück des alten Stadtkanals
Brandenburger Straße


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More about my tours through Potsdam

These impressions in text and image are meant to introduce you to my slightly different tours of Potsdam. Unique photos awaken a longing for the wonders of the city and its surroundings, rich in history, art and architecture. If you would like to prepare yourself for a special encounter with the area and its people before your trip, I recommend that you read well-known and less well-known writers such as Ludwig Sternaux, Wolf Jobst Siedler, Sebastian Haffner, Jochen Klepper, Theodor Fontane and Karl Foerster. Approaching the eventful history of Potsdam can also mean tracing your own roots through a local encounter with German history. I hope I have whetted your appetite!

Magrit Hattendorf
Potsdam City Tours

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