The Spring 2004 Trip to Europe

Part 6 - Potsdam and Dresden

Dutch Quarter
Potsdam is a Berlin suburb with a population of about a quarter million.  In the 1700's many of the Potsdam inhabitants were Dutch, and these shops used to be their homes, in the Hollandische Viertel.
Steps to Sans Souci
Potsdam is best know for the Schoss Sansouci and its associated park.  Here are the steps leading up to the San Souci palace itself.
Sans Souci (without worries) was built by Frederick the Great around 1745, using among others, the craftsmen who lived in the Dutch Quarter.
San Souci Palace
A closer view of the Schloss Sanssouci.  This was NOT the site of the post-WW2 conference that was held in Potsdam,  That was a smaller, newer palace, Schloss Cecilienhof, across town.
Garden Sculpture
Shortly after the palace was done, the Schlosspark Sanssouci was started.  Work on the 700 acre landscape park continued for 150 years.  Lots of statues, fountains, a Chinese Tea House and Roman Baths grace the grounds.
The Orangerie, dating to ~ 1860, was built as a hostel for the king's guests.
Neues Palais
The Neues Palais was built as a cozy home by Frederick the Great.  It was last occupied by Kaiser Wilhelm, until WWI went wrong.  It is only two stories, with about 200 rooms, of which 80 are bed rooms.  Some of the formal rooms are entirely lined with marble.
Dresden Schwinger
Jumping to Dresden, we see the interior courtyard of the Zwinger, built in the 1860's for Augustus the Strong.  This is described as high German baroque.  There are a lot of Italian influences around, too.
Crown Gate of Schwinger
The Zwinger has three main gates, and this one, the Kronentor (Crown gate) is about as baroque as they come.
We all know that the bombing of Dresden was devastating.  Everywhere you look reconstruction continues.  This is the Frauenkirche, with its 77 foot diameter dome still under reconstruction.  Construction on the original started in 1726, and the dome was completed in 1738.  Destroyed in WW2, it was mostly a pile of rubble until the $150M project was started in 1993.
Old and Communist Buildings
Of course, Dresden was under Russian domination throughout the Cold War.  Both here and in East Berlin, you see lots of dull "modern" buildings with copper or bronze coated windows.  This passageway, part of the Renaissance palace, contrasts with the Communist era office building behind.
Elbe River at Dresden
The Elbe River divides New Dresden from Old Dresden.  (New still means pretty old)  In the summer of 2002, the Elbe rose about 20 feet above the level we see here.
Pastry counter at Cosel Palais
Finally, the pastries. Ah, the pastries!  This is the display case in the Cosel Palais, a restaurant and tea shop.  It was really hard to choose just one.
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