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Alexandrowka: A Little Piece of Russia in Potsdam

December 30, 2011 - 2:24am
Alexandrowka: A Little Piece of Russia in Potsdam
Potsdam may be right near Berlin in Germany, but guests will feel like they're visiting Russia when they add the Alexandrowka Colony to their Europe tours. This Russian colony was built in the northern part of Potsdam in the early 1800s to memorialize Czar Alexander I, and the beautiful example of Russian architecture is the perfect way for travelers to make their next trip to Germany a memorable one.

Fredrick Wilhelm III, the former King of Prussia, ordered the construction of the colony in 1815, after his dear friend Czar Alexander I passed away. Its design was based on the village of Glosovo, near St. Petersburg, Russia, and consisted of only 13 wooden houses and a chapel. Originally, Russian singers from the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards called Alexandrowka home, but now visitors can tour the village. Many of the buildings have been restored over the years and one has even been converted into a museum, so guests can learn more about Potsdam's unique Russian village.

The homes of Alexandrowka were each accompanied by a large garden, and many of the fruit trees that were planted nearly two centuries ago still dot the landscape, offering shade to visitors as they tour the grounds. This one-of-a-kind sight is sure to be something that travelers will remember for years to come.