Home to Prussian kings until the early 20th century, Potsdam is a city built around a network of scenic lakes, just a short distance west of Berlin. Featuring several castles and grand manors, superb gardens and loads of outdoor space, the city is the perfect destination for those who would prefer to see some of the areas famous architecture and avoid the hustle and bustle of bigger cities and is ideal due to it being just a short drive from Berlin by rental car.
Built around a network of lakes and surrounded by ancient forests, it's easy to see why Potsdam was such a popular getaway destination for so many centuries. Often compared to Versailles in France, the city features many amazing examples of historical architecture and is the perfect area for touring in a hire car.
The most famous attraction in Potsdam is without a doubt Sanssouci, located just a short drive north west of the city centre with your rental car. Built as a summer palace in the 18th century for Friederich the Great, it is here he came to relax and unwind, away from his duties in Berlin. Surrounded by massive gardens featuring statues and fountains, an entire day can be spent exploring the property.
To visit another famous site in the area, jump in your hire car and head east of Potsdam to Babelsberg, just a short distance away. Often overlooked for the better known Sanssouci, the large gothic castle at Babelsberg is also a spectacular example of a wealthy residence, and usually lacks the big crowds that can be expected at Sanssouci. Not far from the castle, you can also visit Filmpark Babelsberg, where many of Germany's biggest films have been made. The studios offer behind the scenes tours and are used to this day in the production of major films.
Once you have seen the sights around Potsdam that interest you, its time to relax and enjoy the outdoors as the locals and visitors alike have done for many centuries. You can go boating on the many lakes and perhaps visit some of the islands in the area, or simply drive your rental car through the scenic forests around in the area, all within a very short distance, yet unchanged for thousands of years.
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