It feels weird to be writing about Germany when I have just come back from Hong Kong. The timeline is therefore not right but oh well, you live you learn, and now I am paying a price for writing an experience that’s no longer as fresh in my mind but still a wonderful memory, so here goes!
If you missed my first segment, then you can catch up on it here.
In my previous post, I mentioned that we had bought multiple day travel passes for the tube and trains known as the U-Bahn and S-Bahn. These travel passes, which can be bought directly at the airport, are called Berlin WelcomeCard and comes with a free booklet to help you navigate around Berlin. From there, that’s how we knew to come to Potsdam.
Potsdam is not central Berlin at all – no, you really have to travel away from Berlin to see some amazing scenic views. In fact, Potsdam is considered another city. I don’t think it took a full hour in total to reach but close enough. At first, we were going to skip Potsdam because we thought it was too far since it seemed to be off the (tube) map, but turns out it was right in the corner – the last stop in fact.
I don’t remember too much but I believe we stopped at Alexanderplatz, in order to change lines to reach Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (Potsdam Hbf for short). For the latter stop, you need to take the Regional trains (shortened to RE). We were confused so we asked a kind passerby who showed us the way!
The trains are super cool – unfortunately I didn’t take a picture but essentially, it’s a double-decker train and very well-designed, as expected with Germany. 🙂
Once you arrive in Potsdam, you are bound to be greeted by tour guides inside the station looking to sell some tour bus tickets to you! Take to the offer since you will need the transport to get to different stops of Potsdam to explore. The bus stops should then be located outside.
There were 9 stops in total for the tour bus that we took. We probably only explored about 5 of them since we were disinterested in a few and just had limited time in general considering that the tour bus stops serving at a certain time (before 5pm?). You’ll need to remember where you stopped at or at least recognise the sign for the tour bus that you decide to attend for that day.
🔺 Glienicke Bridge which connects Berlin to Potsdam (Apparently it was used to exchange spies during the Cold War?!)
(Forgive me if I don’t manage to list out all the locations!)
🔺 Neuer Garten
🔺 The Marble Palace (Marmorpalais)
🔺 Alexandrowka (Russian Colony)
Up to this point, I hadn’t shown you any authentic German cuisine. We arrived at the stop for Sanssouci Park and found it the perfect time to get some lunch. If I remember correctly – before you officially enter the park, there’s a path on the right that leads you to a single-story restaurant.
After lunch, we went back out to properly explore this ‘park’. It is a very large area with historic buildings on the left and right. There is even a university campus situated here!
Thanks to Stashy, she found out the building to be The New Palace University just through an image-search! 😮 (I often forget that there is this feature…)
🔺 New Palace (Neues Palais), located in Sanssouci Park
🔺 Brandenburg Gate (there is another Brandenburg Gate in Berlin but not a copy)
🔺 St. Nicholas’ Church
From here onwards, we walked back to the main train station since it wasn’t too far at this point. For sure, I’d recommend Potsdam if you want a taste of some non-city exploration. 🙂
I’m officially back from Hong Kong since Sunday morning! It snowed a couple of days ago in the UK but luckily we managed to escape that and had no delays via plane or coach which was our fear. As it happens, I have lots of things to write about including travel stories, hauls and tips. I’ve yet to organise this but needless to say, I’m feeling fresh for ideas. How have you all been doing? I hope I didn’t miss too much! 😝🙈
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