Escorted Rail Tours to Potsdam
A seat of Prussian royalty
Originally just a small village on the outskirts of Berlin, the entire centre of Potsdam is now Germany's largest UNESCO World Heritage site. Throughout much of its history, Potsdam was just a small settlement of relatively little note. It was separated from Berlin by the Wandsee Lake and was virtually surrounded by swampy marshlands. By the time of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), the town had grown in size, but lost almost half of its population in the conflict.
Potsdam's situation changed forever in 1660, when it was selected to be the hunting residence for the Electors of Brandenburg, who would ultimately become the Kings of Prussia. The surrounding land was drained and landscaped, greatly improving its appearance - and popularity with the nobility. Potsdam soon became a permanent residence of the Prussian monarchy, greatly increasing its status and importance.