Potsdam, Germany

Potsdam Southwest of Berlin is Potsdam, the capital of the state of Brandenburg.  Known as 'Poztupimi' in 993 AD.  In 1660, Potsdam gained renown as residence of the Prince Electors of Brandenburg.  Potsdam owes its expansion as prestigious residence of the Hohenzollern monarchs to Frederick the Great. The creations of his reign still define the character of the city, for he was a patron of culture and the arts.  The world-renowned Palace of Sanssouci (1745-47) with Sanssouci Park arose under his aegis. Further attractions of the park include the New Palace, Schinkel's Charlottenhof Palace and the Chinese Tea House.  From July to August 1945, the Potsdam Conference took place, where President Truman, Soviet Premier Stalin and British Prime Ministers Churchill and Atlee discussed post-war arrangements in Europe.  I never served in Potsdam (population: 143,811, area: 72.31mi2), but I was there often while serving in Brandenburg.

My pictures of Potsdam can be found in the picture gallery.