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August 30th, 2009 – by: Kurisu
I got up pretty early, so I enjoyed the breakfast buffet without having one million asian tourists sitting around me haha ;-)
Another lovely day! Sunny, blue skies, just perfect for my plan to go to Potsdam to check out Castle Sanssouci.
To get there by tram takes quite a while... I think it took me 45 minutes.
The tram stops at Potsdam Main Railway Station. As it was such a nice morning I decided to walk to the Castle. One of the Couchsurfers said it's ok to walk there.
Bad idea! It's quite a walk to get there... Yikes!
I arrived at the castle's entrance being one of the first touris.
Quite nice walking in the spacious garden without too many people around.
Castle Sanssouci (= without worries) was summer residence for some german kings like Frederick the Great of Prussia and later Frederik William IV.
It's a really huge park with several castles and houses, walking paths, garden, fountains and things like that.
Altough the park itself is free of charge, they encourage you do donate 2 Euros by giving you a nice and detailed map of the area.
I think I walked like 7 km in this park that morning! Man, I really wished I still had that Segway I drove the day before haha ;-)
At the time the horde of tourists arrived, I was on my way back to the city. This time I was smarter and after checking out the nearby pedestrian area I took the bus back to the train station.
As Wannsee is on the way from Potsdam to Berlin, I decided to do a quick stopover. Wannsee is a quite big lake which is mainly used for recreation and tourism.
There's many ferries and boats - and tourists, of course. It's probably nice to go on a round trip on one of the bigger boats, but as those trips took at least 1 or 2 hours you better bring more time than me!
Ok, way too many tourists here...back to the city! How about a stop at the Olympic Stadium... it's kinda on the way?
Luckily I could check the internet on my phone and noticed that there's a soccer game this sunday... so no guided tours whatsoever in the stadium!
Well, whatever... went downtown and got out at Bahnhof Zoo to grab something to eat.
There were some crazy skater guys and breakdancer performing their art directly in front of the Gedächtniskirche for a few bucks they collected from the audience.
Those guys were out of their minds! Seems they didn't like gravity so much and thought of many different ways to get rid of it haha ;-)
Man, I really love my good 'ole Konica Minolta 5D DSLR camera with sport program in continous 3-pics-per-sec shooting mode with tracking autofocus! ;-)
Check out the amazing pics I took!
Just opposite Main Railway Station is the last day of Sandsation - International Sand Sculpture Festival.
Sand Artists from all around the world have created totally awesome sculptures! Some of them as high as 8 meters!
This year's theme was "City of Future"
The whole area was covered with sand, so it felt like being on a beach. Beach chairs were available, on which I chilled out and relaxed for a while.
Later that day around sunset, I went to Alexanderplatz to check out the Fernsehturm (TV tower).
On the observation deck of the tower - as on most towers of this size - you'll get a wonderful view of the city!
The only downside is, that there's no free-air platform. So you have to look through windows, which reflect the indoor lighting and probably aren't very clean on the outside. So it was very difficult for me to take some nice pictures from up there. Luckily, I brought the Gorilla Pod tripod for my camera I bought the day before at the Cyberport Store near Checkpoint Charlie. So I managed to take some so-so pictures.
It was pretty late when I got out of the tower and I was pretty tired again, so I went back to the hotel.
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