So yesterday we took the S-bahn to Wannsee, like the last time. The plan was to then cycle from there to Potsdam. We could go with the S-bahn all the way, but we would have to buy an extra ticket. And it's just 5 km, that's not much. Well, we thought it is 5 km, but I just realized it is actually 9 km (from the station in Wannsee to the place in Potsdam where we parked our bikes) :D Sorry, Amiee!
|At "our" place in Wannsee, before riding to Potsdam|
Cycling to Potsdam was kind of .. hard. I'm not a serious cyclist and haven't been on a bike for some time (going with a bike to my German classes doesn't count). 9 km of which about half of the way is slowly uphill was quite of a good ---. My legs hurt today so much. But it was worthed, it really was, Potsdam is one beautiful town southwest of Berlin with population of 160.000. Really small compared to Berlin and big compared to my hometown. It is the capital city of State of Brandenburg (which borders the State of Berlin) and it is situated on the river Havel. We crossed it on Glienicke bridge while entering Potsdam.
|The Glienicke Bridge, used for exchanging spies during the Cold War|
We parked our bikes in the Old Market Square (Alter Markt) and decided to walk around the city - it is more practical to take pictures when you are on your feet :) And it was also a good location choice as it was easy to find the right direction to our bikes at the end of the day, with the rooftop of the Nikolaikirche visible from far away.
|Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas' church)|
|Alter Rathaus (old city hall)|
|Infront of the Sanssouci Palace|
|Something was really funny :)|
|St. Peter and Paul church|
Oh, and they also have a Dutch Quarter (Holländisches Viertel)! Consisting of 134 red brick buildings it is Europe's largest collection of Dutch-style houses outside of Netherlands. How cool is that?! Or maybe this is my favourite part of Potsdam, I can't decide :)
Another thing to see in Potdam are their gates. With their arhitectural style they were more built for show tha for defence. Of all the gates in the city, only three survived.
|Brandenburger Tor - yes, they also have one in Potsdam :)|