Potsdam du bist dufte!
The slavic tribe of Hevelli built a castle in the seventh century at the strategical important strait of the Havel river. "Podstupim" is called in Sorbian outpost. In a deed of gift from the emperor to the diocese Quedlinburg "Potstupimi" was first officially mentioned in 993. In the twelfth century the Ascanians became the rulers and founded the Mark Brandenburg. They pushed back the Slavs. After the extinction of the Askanier in the region, the Hohenzollern took over regency at the beginning of the fifteenth century and ruled in the region about 500 years.
In the mid-seventeenth century Potsdam was chosen by the "Great Elector" as his second residence city, and was transformed in the aftermath by famous architects and gardeners to a cultural landscape: The famous Sanssouci Palace and its royal garden, the Dutch Quarter, the New Garden and much more was built. After World War II, world history was written in Potsdam: The leaders of the Soviet Union, United States and Great Britain met at the Cecilienhof Palace to decide on a European post-war order.
With the German reunification Potsdam became the capital of the re-established german state of Brandenburg. Large parts of the cultural landscape of Potsdam were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Potsdam with the Magic Bus. Napoleon was already there!