Whilst in Berlin, one should make sure they take the 45 minute or so train to nearby Potsdam and then a longish walk or taxi / bus to the Sanssouci Palace (Schloss Sanssouci) and its gardens.
Entry to the gardens themselves is via coin donation, but if you wish to book a time to see inside the palace, you need to go to the ticket centre where you may wish to purchase the option of being allowed to photograph the interior (but not publish the photos) – in retrospect, one probably does not need to photograph the interior unless you have a special interest.
Unfortunately, the Neues Palace was not open the day we went, and we were running short of time, only having an afternoon there.
It is a gorgeous way to spend a gentle summer’s day walking through the extensive gardens and then back to the Potsdam train station, stopping by the old church and then grabbing a lovely dinner at the cafe on the corner.
This one was shot with the Olympus mZD 7-14mm f/2.8 pro lens
If only the statues and gargoyles could talk – what a history they have seen!
A young lady posing on the steps of Orangerieschloss as a jogger passes by:
And if you like to people watch, the wonderful ambience and lovely angles of the sun make for some nice imagery if you are in the right frame of mind to look for them.
A beautiful image of a father taking his son for a walk:
When you walk back to the station there is an awesome old church (Friedenskirche) one can explore:
My friend Luigi posing for me.
Did I mention how lucky the northern Europeans are with their gentle angled summer sun in contrast to our high, harsh midday sun – when the sun is out in Berlin, beautiful sunlit images are easy!
A spy in the church with their iPhone:
My traveling band:
At the end of the day, dinner at the local Weiner Cafe on the corner of the Square with a view to the Potsdam Brandeburg Tor is a wonderful way to complete the afternoon. The main issue here is that the men’s urinals are obviously designed for tall Germans requiring tip toes for the height challenged!
Potsdam Brandenburg Tor:
Weiner Cafe and Beer Garden: