Boat Trip to Palace Caputh

As the last event of the club season, Antiques, Palaces, Villas & Gardens group invited their members to a boat trip to Caputh Palace on 22 June 2018. It was pouring rain. In order to keep their positive mood, the group members kept reminding themselves of an old saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing“. The boat trip began from the Lange Brücke pier in Potsdam and cruised along the Havel river over Lake Templin to Caputh for 30 minutes. Thanks to the unobstructed view of the natural forest, beautiful villas and vast landscape, the heavy rain was simply forgotten.

Caputh Palace was built 350 years ago. It is the only preserved early Baroque building in the Potsdam cultural landscape and represents the era of the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm of Brandenburg. The palace is now managed by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg. Nestled scenically on Havel riverbank, it was the summer residence of the Brandenburg Electresses from the end of the 16th century to the end of the 17th century.

The group listened attentively to Helen Eichhorn, WIB member and competent guide, who shared her historical knowledge while leading them to the banquet-hall, the private suits of the elector and his wife, and to the Porcelain Cabinet. They admired the exceptional summer dining hall located in the basement floor decorated with approximately 7,500 Dutch faience tiles.

Caputh is an attractive town located between lake Templin and Lake Schwielow. In addition to Caputh Palace, the town is also known as the summer residence of Albert Einstein from 1929 to 1932. The pier has been in operation for more than 150 years connecting Geltow to Caputh. Next to the pier are small restaurants where the daytrippers and strollers can grab a bite and relax while enjoying the stunning view over the Havel River. Some of the group members took the opportunity to explore the town on their own and caught the later boat ride home.