Potsdam: Prussia, celebrities and the past
Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of Frederick the Great, is the main attraction for the more than three million tourists who visit Potsdam annually. Frederick acceded to the Prussian throne in 1740. His legacy to Potsdam includes two palaces and splendid parks. In recent years, Brandenburg's capital has become one of the most attractive and expensive cities in Germany.
Nearly the whole city center has been refurbished. The completely rebuilt city palace was finished in 2013. Since then it has been the seat of the Brandenburg state parliament. St. Nicholas' Church was restored to its former glory in 2010. The Prussian kings left their mark in much of the city, like the Dutch quarter, with its red brick buildings. Nowadays it boasts boutiques, cafés and galleries.