We spent our time in Potsdam strolling the grounds of Frederick the Great’s summer palace. Frederick the Great certainly thought BIG! It took a couple of hours to just walk the grounds, and we didn’t even take the tour of the palace itself. I think there is over a square mile of hedges, walking paths, duck ponds, fountains, and statuary. A very nice place to visit and stroll. I could see why a garden like this would be great for the king and his guests to get away from the hassles of the court and sit peacefully by a fountain, under a tree, or by a lush green hedge. While Suzanne and I took in the great statuary art, the design of the grounds and the architecture, the kids liked the ducks. Alex told me to stop taking pictures of naked people. I tried to get them interested in what I knew of the history of the place – I failed miserably.
Anyway, I learned some new stuff about the king they called Fritz. For example, he considered himself a philosopher king along the lines of Marcus Aurelius (the last “good” Roman Emperor). He was a Free Mason, he personally wrote over 100 musical arrangements, played the flute, and was one of the best military tacticians of all time (Napoleon even said so, and I think Napoleon had a “healthy” ego himself).
Gorgeous photos! The gardens are definitely a place of refuge from courtly drama.