Not too far from the German capital, Berlin, the Prussian kingdom embarked on the biggest legacy project of its reign. Over two centuries, Potsdam was transformed into one of the greatest collection of palaces and gardens in the world.
More than two million people a year visit Potsdam but, luckily, there’s enough to see that it doesn’t feel too crowded. The whole area is about 500 hectares large and it’s possible to walk through the parks and the gardens and see the exteriors of the buildings for free.
You need to buy a ticket to go inside most of the palaces. Because Sanssouci is so popular, you’ll be allocated a timeslot for a tour. It’s better to get to the site early if you are short of time, otherwise you may miss out.