Potsdam Night of Castles

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The New Palais
The New Palais

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Walk around like Prussia’s kings  

Nowhere else is Prussia’s Baroque period shown to be more splendid, luxurious and romantic than in the Sanssouci Park.  The gardens and palaces are presented in a landscape of incomparable harmony.  The former summer paradise of the Prussian kings, close to the capital city Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide), is part of the World Heritage Centre.

Once a year, you can experience the brilliantly illuminated park in a romantic night mood. On the 21th August 2010, the XII Potsdam’s Palaces by Night will take place. With concerts and dancing displays, and with theatrics and lectures on literature.  It is an exhilarating, completely unique Baroque experience. In the evening there is, as always, a prelude concert in front of the New Palace, but on this occasion it will be performed by the Tschaikowsky Symphonie Orchestra from Moscow.

Hundreds of actors form the nocturnal programme of the Potsdam’s Palaces by Night. Visitors are met with masks and costumes of past eras – from the orangery to the New Palace, from the Chinese House to the Roman baths, from the picture gallery to the Church of Peace (German: Friedenskirche). The trees are even starting to speak.  They tell how they arrived at this place, into this unique park landscape, devised by the great landscape designer Peter Lenné.  This landscape combines English park architecture with a mix of old-oriental and Roman-Latin influences.  

An opportunity for visitors to go walking about like Prussian King Frederick the Great. 

The programme of the Potsdam’s Palaces by Night promises a magnificent celebration. The media interest reaches far beyond the German borders.  In order to preserve the park, which would normally be closed at night, the number of entrance tickets is restricted to 33.000.  Some of the proceeds will go towards the further reconstruction of the Prussian palaces and gardens.   

This much is certain: Those who visit Sanssouci by night, will return home with unforgettable memories. A wide range of culinary refreshments will be provided. After midnight fireworks will be set off in front of the New Palace, its Baroque magic already enticing guests to come back to the Potsdam’s Palaces by Night in 2011.

Next Dates: 08/19 and 08/20/2011

[ source: schloessernacht-2007.de ]

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My name is Anita and I was born in Graz, Austria. In 2006, my study abroad brought me to the US for the first time. I left the US after spending almost a year in Savannah, GA, and decided to return to work on my thesis for a few more months. During this time I met my husband and faith has it that I now share the same destiny as many other foreigners I have met since then. They come to study and find themselves staying for good. In my case, for the very best reasons :) Last year, we moved into the Boston area for job opportunities and found ourselves in an environment rich of good food, art and culture. We love dancing (especially Salsa) and enjoy diving into the diverse communities of Boston and Cambridge. German of course is a big part of our lives, I teach my husband German (with a Styrian dialect), we visit a Stammtisch, cook Austrian/German food and indulge in the beer made by the local micro-breweries of Massachusetts.

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