Sans Souci

RIAS saved the best for last on our Potsdam tour: Sans Souci is the palace where King Fredrich the Great could escape his worries in Berlin, surrounded by enchanting gardens, fake ruins and even a “Chinese” tea house that provided a cool photo opportunity and seemed especially fascinating to visitors from Asia.

The grounds are much more spectacular than the interior of the palace, so we didn’t wait around for a look inside and spent our time outdoors. People leave potatoes on the king’s grave because he released farmers from slavery and allowed them to own their land, requiring only that they grow potatoes. That decision later saved the country from a famine.