Another group of UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found just to the southwest of Berlin in Potsdam. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a number of palaces were built in the area between Berlin and the capital of the state of Brandenburg. The most famous of these is Sanssouci, the summer palace of Frederick the Great that is often compared to Versailles, though it is smaller than its French inspiration. Potsdam’s parks were also recognized by UNESCO, including the Neuer Garten and Babelsberg, both famous examples of garden design from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
By John Newton, AFAR Contributor