Spotlight on Brandenburg

Potsdam: high culture and history less than an hour from Berlin

The multi-faceted tourism potential of the lush, lake-dotted plains of the Brandenburg region surrounding Berlin is taking centre stage within the extensive Germany destinations stand at ITB. The jewel of the region is the city of Potsdam, home of Frederick the Great’s Sanssouci Palace and the surrounding manicured parks that contain several royal palaces and monuments.

Within Potsdam, an exhibition at Babelsberg Palace from late April to mid-October 2017 will celebrate the landscape architect and garden designer Prince Pückler, who designed the stunning parks of Babelsberg in accordance with classical English landscaped gardens. Babelsberg Palace will open its still unrenovated interiors, affording visitors fascinating views through the large windows onto the restored terraces, Babelsberg Park and Potsdam’s park landscape. Regina Zibell, head of International Media Relations for Brandenburg Tourism Marketing, told ITB Berlin News that Potsdam’s proximity to Berlin make it highly accessible. “The best thing is it can be reached within 40 minutes from Berlin, or 20 minutes by regional train,” she said. “It’s ideal for a day-trip from Berlin, but of course we would love you to stay longer.” Potsdam is also home to another Brandenburg Gate which is three years older than its Berlin counterpart; while the city known as Berlin’s ‘posher sister’ provides a panorama of culture and history where vistors can take a break from the high energy of Berlin