Even though it’s very close to Berlin, so far I didn’t go very often to Potsdam. Mainly it’s because you can’t shoot too many photos there. It’s not that there are no nice places to capture – quite the opposite. But most things you’re not allowed to take photos of since a public foundation forbids it. That foundation is supported by my taxes, but who cares?
Anwyways, the visit this time was somehow nice. The reconstruction of the City Palace, and in the same time building for the Brandenburg parliament, was finished a few months ago. Apparently there has been a long discussion whether the palace should be rebuilt or not. And as so often, there are a lot of critics. I can only say: Awesome! Love it! I will probably visit Potsdam more often from now on and maybe I will discover some more places that are not forbidden to take photos of.
The city palace was designed in the style of the baroque period, and its reconstruction was carried out with remarkable attention to detail. The building has a long history, and it has undergone numerous renovations over the centuries. In the 20th century, it was bombed and later demolished by the East German government. The rebuilding of the palace was one of the most significant restoration projects in Germany after reunification.
Apart from the City Palace, Potsdam also has several other noteworthy attractions, including the Sanssouci Palace and the Babelsberg Castle. The city is also home to several beautiful parks, including the Sanssouci Park, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990.
Potsdam’s history is fascinating and worth exploring. It was the residence of the Prussian kings and the German Emperor until 1918. Potsdam Conference, a crucial event in world history, was held in the city, where the Allied leaders met to discuss the post-World War II future of Germany and Europe.
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Exposure time (middle): 1/500s
Date: Taken in April 2014
Location: Old Market In Potsdam, View on the City Palace / Parliament House
Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro