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Dutch Quarter

A neighbourhood of 169 beautifully preserved red Dutch brick houses, built from 1733 to 1740

TravelCurious Tip

The easiest way to get to the Dutch Quarter is on the S-Bahn’s S1 line.

Take a little walk around Potsdam, and at some point you may find yourself in a part of town which somehow doesn’t feel German. The houses are built of red bricks, and in a markedly different style, one which makes you think more of Germany’s neighbours to the West. That’s because you’re in the Dutch Quarter, which has the largest collection of Dutch-style houses outside the Netherlands.


Foreign Talent

In the mid-18th century, King Frederick William I of Prussia was a worried man. Fearing for the security of his city, Frederick decided to expand the military facilities of his garrison as a matter of urgency, and he decided to bring in hundreds of the best Dutch craftsmen to get the job done. In order to encourage them to stay and to do a proper job, Frederick had 134 houses specially built for them in a bid to make them feel more at home. They were designed by the Dutch architect Jan Bouman, and he completed the job between 1733 and 1740.


An Easygoing Neighbourhood

These days, the Dutch Quarter is a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike. Wander through the streets and admire the clean white seams of the houses against their red Dutch brick, or duck into one of the many cosy little coffee shops which pepper the area. Keep your eyes peeled, and you’ll find art galleries, craft shops, antiques dealers and plenty more to while away a pleasant afternoon.


Nearby Attractions

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Babelsberg Palace
Summer home of the First German Emperor, constructed in English Gothic revival in 1835
Glienicke Bridge
Famous as the site of many Soviet/ American spy exchanges throughout the cold war
Schloss Cecilienhof Palace
The location of the Potsdam conference. Where Churchill, Truman and Stalin partitioned post-war Europe in 1945
Alexandrowka
An old Russian colony, created in 1826-27 upon the request of Frederick Wilhelm III
Stasi Prison
A former East German prison, which cruelly remanded political prisoners secretly for decades
Sanssouci Palace
Often described as the Versailles of Germany. It is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia

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Private Potsdam Tour from Berlin: Picturesque Palaces & Cold War History
Take a day trip to Potsdam, and discover its rich culture and beautiful architecture. 

  • Visit the grounds of the Marble Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof Palace where Churchill, Truman and Stalin partitioned  Germany in 1945. 
  • Explore the eighteenth century Dutch Quarter and its magnificent red brick neighborhoods. 
  • Walk where Frederick the  Great stepped in the Sanssouci Palace.     
 Potsdam is a city from your dreams - its endless castles, palaces, gardens and lakes served as the home of Kings and Emperors for three hundred years. It was finally given UNESCO status in 1990, after the fall of the Soviet Union. Full of incredible history, from Prussian royalty to the cold war, the capital of Brandenburg is as fascinating as it is beautiful.
 
The tour includes an exploration of the grounds of Schloss Cecilienhof Palace, where Churchill, Truman and Stalin shaped and partitioned post-war Europe and Asia in 1945. Wander the idyllic roads of the Dutch Quarter, explore the Church of Peace, and the grounds of the Marble Palace. The enlightened side of the Prussian state, where blood mattered less than duty, will again be on your mind as you appreciate the rococo architecture of Frederick the Great’s summer palace: the Sanssouci Palace
 
 Note: Due to strict policy at Sanssouci Palace, your guide will not be able to accompany you throughout your time here. They will rendezvous with you at the exit.   
VIP Potsdam by Car: Picturesque Palaces & Cold War History
Escape the crowded streets of Berlin and venture to Potsdam on this VIP tour.

  • Depart from your hotel and enjoy the comfortable drive through fascinating East Berlin.
  • Visit the Schloss Cecilienhof Palace where Churchill, Truman and Stalin partitioned Germany in 1945.
  • Explore the Russian colony of Alexandrowka and see the beautiful Dutch quarter. 
  • Pass the infamous Communist Statsi Prison, The Orangery and enter Sanssouci Palace.


Potsdam is a city from your dreams; its endless castles, palaces, gardens and lakes served as the home of Kings and Emperors for three hundred years. It was finally given UNESCO status in 1990, after the fall of the Soviet Union. Full of incredible history, from Prussian royalty to the Cold War, this treasure is as fascinating as it is beautiful.

Begin your tour at the majestic  Schloss Cecilienhof Palace, where Churchill, Truman and Stalin shaped and partitioned post-war Europe and Asia in 1945. Next explore the 18th century Russian colony of Alexandrowka and its 13 wooden houses; see one of the best collection of Dutch buildings outside of Holland. Pass the feared East German Stasi Prison, which cruelly housed political prisoners secretly for decades. Finish your private, relaxed tour at the Orangery Palace and the undisputed jewel of Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace – marvel at its stunning Rococo architecture. A private transfer will then whisk you off your feet and return you to your accommodation in Berlin.

Note: Due to strict policy at Sanssouci Palace, your guide will not be able to accompany you throughout your time here. They will rendezvous with you at the exit. 

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