44 Sights in Potsdam, Germany (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Potsdam, Germany. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 44 sights are available in Potsdam, Germany.

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1. Einsteinturm

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Einsteinturm Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam / Attribution

The Einstein Tower is an astrophysical observatory in the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam, Germany built by architect Erich Mendelsohn. It was built on the summit of the Potsdam Telegraphenberg to house a solar telescope designed by the astronomer Erwin Finlay-Freundlich. The telescope supports experiments and observations to validate Albert Einstein's relativity theory. The building was first conceived around 1917, built from 1919 to 1921 after a fund-raising drive, and became operational in 1924. Although Einstein never worked there, he supported the construction and operation of the telescope. It is still a working solar observatory today as part of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam. Light from the telescope is directed down through the shaft to the basement where the instruments and laboratory are located. There were more than half a dozen telescopes in the laboratory.

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2. Park Sanssouci

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Sanssouci is a historical building in Potsdam, near Berlin. Built by Prussian King Frederick the Great as his summer palace, it is often counted among the German rivals of Versailles. While Sanssouci is in the more intimate Rococo style and is far smaller than its French Baroque counterpart, it, too, is notable for the numerous temples and follies in the surrounding park. The palace was designed and built by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff between 1745 and 1747 to meet Frederick's need for a private residence where he could escape the pomp and ceremony of the royal court. The palace's name is a French phrase that translates as "without concerns", meaning "without worries" or "carefree", emphasising that the palace was meant as a place of relaxation, rather than a seat of power.

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3. Jägerhof

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Park Glienicke, is an English landscape garden in the southwestern outskirts of Berlin, Germany. It is located in the locality of Wannsee in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf borough. Close to Glienicke Bridge the park is open to the general public. The park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin. Within the ensemble it is one of the five main parks, the others being Sanssouci Park, New Garden, Babelsberg Park and Peacock Island (Pfaueninsel). Regarding diversity in gardening styles within the Potsdam park ensemble Park Glienicke is only superseded by Sanssouci Park. Furthermore, it is a park especially characterized by one personality due to the intense involvement of Prince Charles of Prussia. The park covers approximately 116 hectares

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4. Kirche am Stölpchensee

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Kirche am Stölpchensee Die Autorenschaft wurde nicht in einer maschinell lesbaren Form angegeben. Es wird Harald Rossa als Autor angenommen (basierend auf den Rechteinhaber-Angaben). / CC BY-SA 2.5

The church on Lake Stölpchensee is a church of the Evangelical parish of Berlin-Wannsee. She is the successor to the medieval village church of Stolpe in the Wannsee district of Berlin. It is located on Wilhelmplatz and is a hall building with a crossbar. The church was built from 1858 to 1859 by the head of the Prussian court and state building system Friedrich August Stüler for an idea by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. In November 1859, the church, whose construction cost 15,000 thaler, was inaugurated. It is under monument protection. It has been named after the nearby Stölpchensee since 1965, and in front of it, it was called a distinction from the Andreaskirche Old Church belonging to the same parish.

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5. Michelson-Interferometer

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The Michelson interferometer is a common configuration for optical interferometry and was invented by the 19/20th-century American physicist Albert Abraham Michelson. Using a beam splitter, a light source is split into two arms. Each of those light beams is reflected back toward the beamsplitter which then combines their amplitudes using the superposition principle. The resulting interference pattern that is not directed back toward the source is typically directed to some type of photoelectric detector or camera. For different applications of the interferometer, the two light paths can be with different lengths or incorporate optical elements or even materials under test.

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6. Friedenskirche

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The Protestant Church of Peace is situated in the Marly Gardens on the Green Fence in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, Germany. The church was built according to the wishes and with the close involvement of the artistically gifted King Frederick William IV and designed by the court architect, Ludwig Persius. After Persius' death in 1845, the architect Friedrich August Stüler was charged with continuing his work. Building included work by Ferdinand von Arnim and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse also. The church is located in the area covered by the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin.

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7. St. Nikolaikirche

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St. Nicholas Church in Potsdam is a Lutheran church under the Evangelical Church in Berlin, Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia of the Evangelical Church in Germany on the Old Market Square in Potsdam. The central plan building in the Classicist style and dedicated to Saint Nicholas was built to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the years 1830 to 1837. The tambour of the 77-metre-high church that towers above the roofs of the city was built later, from 1843 to 1850. Its construction was taken over by Ludwig Persius and, from 1845, Friedrich August Stüler.

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8. Palais Lichtenau

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The Palais Lichtenau is a classicist building at Behlertstraße 31 in Potsdam. Built from 1796 to 1797 under King Friedrich Wilhelm II in the immediate vicinity of the New Garden, it is an outstanding monument of early classicist architecture in Germany due to its façade design and the quality of the preserved interiors. The authorship of the building is disputed between Michael Philipp Boumann and Carl Gotthard Langhans. Contrary to tradition and the name, the palace was probably not built for Countess Wilhelmine von Lichtenau and was not inhabited by her.

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9. Volkspark Potsdam

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The Volkspark Potsdam is located in the Bornstedter field in the north of the city of Potsdam. The area extends over three kilometers to the Jungfern lake in the north and in the west to the "Lennéschen Feldflur". In the south, it borders on the ruins of the Sanssouci park and the Nauen suburb and in the east to the Pfingstberg. With an area of 65 ha, the park comprises the sub -areas in the ramparts, small and large meadow park, remise park and forest park (screaming). The site supervised by the development agency Bornstedter Feld is subject to admission.

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10. Marmorpalais

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The Marmorpalais is a former royal residence in Potsdam, near Berlin in Germany, built on the grounds of the extensive Neuer Garten on the shores of the Heiliger See (lake). The palace was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm II and designed in the early Neoclassical style by the architects Carl von Gontard and Carl Gotthard Langhans. The palace remained in use by the Hohenzollern family until the early 20th century. It served as a military museum under communist rule, but has since been restored and is once again open to the public.

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11. Antikentempel

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Antikentempel Paul Odörfer / CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Antique Temple is a small round temple in the west part of Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. Frederick the Great had the building constructed to house his collection of classical works of art, antique artifacts, coins and antique gems. Carl von Gontard created the building in 1768/69 near the New Palace north of the Central Alley, as a complement to the Temple of Friendship situated south of the Alley. Since 1921 the Antique Temple has been used as a mausoleum for members of the House of Hohenzollern and is not open to the public.

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12. Heilandskirche am Port von Sacrow

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The Protestant Church of the Redeemer is located to the south of the village of Sacrow, which since 1939 has been incorporated to Potsdam, the capital of the German Bundesland of Brandenburg. It is famous for its Italian Romanesque Revival architecture with a separate campanile and for its scenic location. It was built in 1844. The design was based on drawings by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, called the Romantic on the Throne. The building was realized by Ludwig Persius, the king's favorite architect.

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13. Jägertor

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The hunter gate from 1733 is the oldest surviving Potsdam city gate. It stands in the axis of Lindenstrasse and forms one of the city outputs north. It got its name after the Electoral Jägerhof lying in front of the city. The gate was originally part of the Potsdam Akzisemauer, which was not used for fastening, but was supposed to prevent the desertion of the soldiers and the smuggling of the goods. Since the Lindenstraße the former wall train slanted, the hunting gate was built at the course of the wall.

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14. Gerichtslaube

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Gerichtslaube Acf in der Wikipedia auf Deutsch / Public domain

The Gerichtslaube is a historic building in potsdam's Babelsberg district, which was built in the 13th century as an extension to the Old Town Hall in Berlin. Centuries later, as a result of the new town hall building in 1871, the building took on a life of its own, whereby the original building was moved to the park of Babelsberg and later reshaped there. In Berlin's rebuilt Nikolaiviertel there is a copy made of modern materials, which is used as a restaurant and bears the name Zur Gerichtslaube.

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15. Modellfort

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Modellfort karstenknuth / Attribution

The Fort in the Park of Sanssouci was a fortress model for the presentation of new gun technology with armor in fortress buildings at the end of the 19th century. The Krupp company had the Model-Fort 1893 built in the northwestern part of the Potsdam Park Sanssouci Park to convince Emperor Wilhelm II of the basic principles of the new technology. In November 2004, the ruin was filled up by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin-Brandenburg Foundation and has not been visited since then.

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16. Freundschaftstempel

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The Temple of Friendship is a small, round building in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, in Germany. It was built by King Frederick II of Prussia in memory of his sister, Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia, who died in 1758. The building, in the form of a classical temple, was built south of the park's main boulevard between 1768 by architect Carl von Gontard. It complements the Temple of Antiquities, which lies due north of the boulevard on an axis with the Temple of Friendship.

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17. Chinesisches Haus

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Chinesisches Haus Johann H. Addicks - addicks@gmx.net / GFDL 1.2

The Chinese House is a garden pavilion in Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, Germany. Frederick the Great had it built, about seven hundred metres southwest of the Sanssouci Summer Palace, to adorn his flower and vegetable garden. The garden architect was Johann Gottfried Büring, who between 1755 and 1764 designed the pavilion in the then-popular style of Chinoiserie, a mixture of ornamental rococo elements and parts of Chinese architecture.

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18. Winzerberg

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The Winzerberg is located in Potsdam and is located east of the Sanssouci park. The entrance from the southern foot of the hill is formed by the imposing triumphal gate. The Winzerberg belongs to the administrative stock of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin-Brandenburg Foundation, is entertained by a support association that has previously completely restored it and has been part of the Potsdam World Heritage Site since 1990.

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19. Dampfmaschinenhaus

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The former steam engine house for Sanssouci - also called "pump house" or "mosque" - is in Potsdam on the Neustädter Havelbucht. At the request of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. From 1841 to 1843 under the direction of Ludwig Persius for the operation of the great fountains in front of Sanssouci Castle. It is one of the historical landmarks of engineering in Germany and is an outstanding example of oriental architecture.

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20. Französische Kirche

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The French Protestant Church in Potsdam is a late work by architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff. In the Potsdam Decree (1685), the great elector offered Huguenots fleeing France a new home in Prussia. In 1752/53, the church was built for the growing French Reformed congregation in Potsdam. It has been the oldest preserved church in the town's history since it was severely damaged during World War II.

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21. Marlygarten

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The Marlygarten is a garden area in Potsdam's Sanssouci Park. It was created in 1715 for Frederick William I as a kitchen garden and named "Marly" by the king. During stays of the royal family, Crown Prince Frederick, later Frederick the Great, is said to have chosen the bornstedt ridge north of the garden, which was cleared at the time, as the location for his summer palace Sanssouci.

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22. Villa Carlshagen

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Karl Shagen Villa, also known as Karl Shagen Villa, is a listed building at No.1 Olympic Avenue in Potsdam, Germany. The hotel is located on the lakeside of Templiner See, surrounded by Luftschiffhafen Sports Park. According to the design of architect Friedrich Wilhelm Göhre, a classical residential building was built in 1909/1910. The name is named after Berlin banker Carl Hagen.

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23. Platz der Einheit

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In addition to the Bassinplatz and the plantation, the unit is one of the oldest places in Potsdam. Developed under the soldier king Friedrich Wilhelm I, the square is limited by the Wilhelmgalerie in the north, residential buildings in the east, the street on the canal in the south and Friedrich-Ebert-Straße in the west. It is an important junction of local public transport.

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24. Pfingstkirche

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Pfingstkirche Udo Unkelbach / GFDL

The evangelical Pentecostal church in the Nauener Vorstadt district of Potsdam is located in GrosseWeinmeisterstra ® e. It developed from the Pentecostal Church, which was completed in 1894. In addition to the church, the new Pentecostal, parish priest and widow's home are all located on Pentecostal grounds.

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25. Schloss Charlottenhof

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Schloss Charlottenhof Rictor Norton / CC BY 2.0

Charlottenhof Palace or Charlottenhof Manor is a former royal palace located southwest of Sanssouci Palace in Sanssouci Park at Potsdam, Germany. It is best known as the summer residence of Crown Prince Frederick William. Today it is maintained by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.

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26. St. Peter und Paul

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Ss. Peter and Paul Church on Nikolskoë is a Protestant church in the Volkspark Glienecke in Berlin, Germany. It is currently administered by the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia. The church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin.

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27. Evangelische Erlöserkirche Potsdam

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Evangelische Erlöserkirche Potsdam Dnsob / Public domain

The Evangelical Church of the Redeemer is located in the Potsdam district of Brandenburger Vorstadt at the intersection of Nansenstraße and Meistersingerstraße. The slender tower of the Church of the Redeemer with its 74 meters height is a landmark of the Brandenburg suburb and visible from afar.

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28. Neues Palais

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The New Palace is a palace situated on the western side of the Sanssouci park in Potsdam, Germany. The building was begun in 1763, after the end of the Seven Years' War, under King Friedrich II and was completed in 1769. It is considered to be the last great Prussian Baroque palace.

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29. Bildergalerie

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The Picture Gallery in the Sanssouci Park of Potsdam was built in 1755–64 during the reign of Frederick II of Prussia under the supervision of Johann Gottfried Büring. The Picture Gallery is situated east of the palace and is the oldest extant museum built for a ruler in Germany.

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30. Villa Quandt

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The Villa Quandt is a villa on the Pfingstberg in Potsdam. It is named after the War Council widow Ulrike Augusta von Quandt, houses the Theodor Fontane Archive and the Brandenburg literary office and belongs to the administrative inventory of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens.

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31. ehemaliger Standort der Potsdamer Synagoge

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The Old Synagogue in Potsdam was built according to plans by Otto Kerwien (1860–1907). After three years of construction, the synagogue was inaugurated on 17 June 1903. After its destruction at the end of the Second World War, the ruin was cleared and the area greened.

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32. Heilig-Geist-Kirche

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The Evangelical Holy Spirit Church is a neo-Gothic building in Werder, a city in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district (Brandenburg). The church is considered the symbol of the island and is visible from afar, Theodor Fontane called it from a distance, a small town cathedral.

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33. Werner-Alfred-Bad

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Werner-Alfred-Bad karstenknuth / Attribution

Werner-Alfred-Bad is a former swimming pool in the Jägervorstadt district of Potsdam, Germany. It was named after German aviation pioneer Werner Alfred Pitchick. The facility at Hegelallee 23 has been a health centre since it was fully rebuilt in 2009.

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34. Brauhausberg

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Brauhausberg is 88 meters above sea level. NHN High Altitude in Teltower Vorstadt, Potsdam. It is located upstream of Ravensbergen and forms the northern end of the Saarmunder end moraine arc. Its name comes from a legend in the early 18th century.

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35. Holländisches Viertel

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The Dutch Quarter is a neighborhood in Potsdam, consisting of 134 red Dutch brick buildings, almost all of which have been renovated. It was built from 1733 to 1740 and designed by Jan Bouman following the order of Frederick William I of Prussia.

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36. Böttcherberg

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Böttcherberg / Public domain

Böttcherberg in Klein Glienicke Landscape Park is a World Heritage site for the Berlin-Potsdam cultural landscape, stretching from Peacock Island to Werder, and its castles and gardens as a whole have been under UNESCO protection since 1990.

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37. Neuer Garten

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The new garden is a 102.5 hectare park area that borders on the Holy Lake and Jungfernensee in northern Potsdam. Friedrich Wilhelm II had a new garden created on this area from 1787, which was to stand out from the baroque Park Sanssouci.

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38. Historische Mühle

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The Historic Mill of Sanssouci is a mill in Potsdam, Germany. Thanks to the legend of The Miller of Sanssouci, the Mill became famous, particularly due to its association with Frederick the Great and his summer palace of Sanssouci.

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39. Krongut Bornstedt

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The Bornstedt Crown Estate is a former royal estate and, today, a tourist attraction in the Potsdam borough of Bornstedt. It belongs to the ensemble of palaces and gardens of Sanssouci Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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40. Alte Wache

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The Alte Wache is an early classicist building in Potsdam on the corner of Lindenstraße and Charlottenstraße. It was built by order of King Friedrich Wilhelm II in 1795–97 according to plans by Andreas Ludwig Krüger.

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41. Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde

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The Baptistkirche Berlin-Wannsee was built in 1993 according to a draft by Heinrich Bargon. It is the church of the Evangelical Free Church (Baptists) in the Wannsee district of Berlin and is located at Königstraße 66.

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42. Evangelisch-Lutherische Christuskirche

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Evangelisch-Lutherische Christuskirche Pfarrer / CC BY-SA 3.0

Christuskirche is a monument at Behlertstraße 9 in the Nauener Vorstadt district of Potsdam. It is a place of worship for the Evangelical Lutheran Christian Church of the independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK).

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43. Obelisk

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Obelisk Bruhaha (Dieter Brügmann) at de.wikipedia / CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Obelisk entrance constitutes the eastern limit of Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, Germany. Following plans by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, Frederick the Great ordered in 1747 that this exit from the park be built.

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44. Potsdamer Glockenspiel

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The Potsdam Glockenspiel on the plantation in Potsdam is the replica of the historical carillon of the garrison church about 200 meters north of the original location. Since July 2021 it has been a listed building.

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