What Frederick William III once had laid out in honor of his friend Tsar Alexander is today one of many exciting facets of culturally rich Potsdam - this city is rich in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

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It blossoms and smells in this garden: Around 600 different types of fruit grow here, many of them very old, some of which have been planted since the 13th century. The lovely greenery fits the historical context: It is part of the Russian colony Alexandrowka in Brandenburg's capital Potsdam and was once created to offer Russian guests a place of leisure and inspiration.

Frederick William III. (1770-1840), King of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg, had the colony built as a memorial to his friend Tsar Alexander I. Today, the park and the Russian-style wooden houses are a popular recreational destination for city dwellers and vacationers - in addition to a cozy café and restaurant with authentic cuisine, there is also, among other things, a small fine museum that shows the living conditions of the time. UNESCO has declared the site a World Heritage Site, as have many other places in Potsdam - including the avenue to Sanssouci and the foothills of Babelsberg Park. 

The special tip: Want a contrasting program? The Schiffbauergasse arts and culture district is a 25-minute walk away. With its avant-garde theaters and other venues, it's a contemporary counterpart to Potsdam's classic highlights.

Good connection by train: Potsdam is easily accessible via Berlin. From Potsdam's main train station you can reach the Alexandrowka colony by public transport or in 30 minutes on foot. By the way, you can find tips on how to travel comfortably and cheaply on long-distance and local trains of Deutsche Bahn here.

Cover photo: One of the Russian-style wooden houses in the Alexandrowka colony © TMB-Fotoarchiv / Andre Stiebitz

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