Today we headed out to the suburbs of Berlin, to the town that houses many palaces and a lot of charm (and apparently a really excellent film museum): Potsdam. We went to Potsdam because Pa wanted to check out the summer palace of Prussian king Frederick the Great. Frederick wanted a palace that he could go to to get away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin, so he had Sans-Souci (“Without Cares”) built in Potsdam in the mid 1700s. Luckily for us, Potsdam was only a half hour on the S-bahn and a 10 minute bus ride away from Berlin.
Sans-Souci is probably most famous for its gardens, and as we had little interest for the inside, we decided to forgo the 10 room interior and explore the extensive gardens with the fountains, temples, sculptures, woods and terraces.
The gardens are extensive and we had to grab some shelter when a rain cloud rolled in.
There was a wedding shoot being done on the grounds, so naturally I had to be a creeper.
After spending several hours in the gardens and dodging the weather, we found a beer garden across the street so we had a delicious lunch of hot chocolate, beer and bratwurst. We got back on the bus and S-bahn and headed back to our hotel to get a final load of laundry done.
Dinner time rolled around so we hemmed and hawed and settle on a literal hole in the wall called Cafe Schwarz, a hip and vibrant place that serves all day breakfast and has an extensive cocktail selection. We dined on scrabbled eggs, bruschetta, toast, beer, bitter lemon, apple strudel, banana cake and whisky before walking home and turning in.