- Only half an hour S-Bahn ride from Berlin, the magnificent baroque city of Potsdam is a magnet for day-trippers and a must for visitors with time on their hands. Located to the south-west of Berlin, Potsdam was founded in 993 and became the seat of the Prussian royal family in the 18th century. It is now the capital of the state of Brandenburg. The grandiose baroque palace and landscape gardens of Sanssouci belong in the same league as other magnificent European royal residences like Versailles and Windsor Castle. To see everything the grounds have to offer will take the greater part of a day. Other architectural highlights the city has to offer include Nikolaikirche church, Cecilienhof and the historic Dutch quarter. Potsdam is also known for its film industry, in particular the Babelsberg Film Studios where classic German films like The Blue Angel were filmed. The Film Museum is definitely worth a visit, even for children who don't know who Marlene Dietrich is! And that's not all. Potsdam has much more to offer visitors—there are dozens of atmospheric cafés, riverside villas and beautiful streets in the historic city centre which are perfectly suited to a leisurely stroll.
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