San Souci

San Souci in Potsdam is similar to Versailles in France with its extensive gardens, follies, galleries, pavilions, mini palaces fountains and orangeries. It is more Rococo in style than its French rival which is more in the Baroque style. We had a stunning day there on our way to Berlin. Pictures or words can’t do justice to the extent of this complex originally built by Fredrick the Great, King of Prussia. A most touching sight is a collection of simple gravestones of Fredrick the Great’s dogs, along with a stone with his plaque. The story goes that King wanted to be buried in the garden with his dogs but his great nephew didn’t fulfil his uncle’s wishes and had him buried elsewhere. Fredrick the Great was re-buried here only in 1991.

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