Our House - a charming place of history

One finds the Apartmenthotel „Holländerhaus“ in the heart of the historical city center of Potsdam right in the midst of the famous Dutch quarter. Both houses of Kurfuerstenstreet 15 and 16 combined with the beautiful courtyard are a place full of harmony that invites you to stay, enjoy and relax.
Whether your stay is of business or private nature, for yourself or family, our intention is to find the perfect apartment to suit your individual needs.
Our larger apartments lend themselves to spend the evenings together with your friends or family cooking or simply enjoying their company.
Also, the apartments entail several advantages for people travelling on business terms as they provide free wireless internet access and large desks on which to work or plan on. Our location is easily to be reached by bus or tram.

Built in 1733, the house Kurfuerstenstreet 15 was the first house in the street to be renovated in 1992. Together with the architect, special attention was given to retain the original style of the architecture and combine it with modern building techniques.

All houses in the „Holländische Viertel“ (trans. Dutch Quarter) are build upon former wetlands. Therefore, all cellar rooms had to be dried before the first apartments and offices could be established here.

Behind the historical „Giebelhäusern“ one finds several freestanding buildings situated in the courtyard which were built between 1890 and 1900. It was during these years that the baroque front house was completely rearranged and gained several new architectual accessories. Until today, visitors can spot the original colour used by the craftsmen over 100 years ago on the walls of our „remise“. This is only one example of many more historical details found in the apartments of our hotel, such as the original tiles in the reception still remaining since the 19th century.

During the 1990s modern offices were a rarity in Potsdam. Therefore, the innovative idea was to introduce the working area (offices) to the living area and thereby combine these two spheres in one apartment. Today, guests will find twelve individually arranged apartments to their service.

 

Our Quarter - A piece of Holland in Potsdam

The Dutch district is till today the largest closed architectural ensemble and cultural monument of its kind outside the Netherlands, and is as popular for tourists as for natives. You will find many coffee shops, excellent restaurants, quaint pubs and small individual stores next to each other. The beautiful historic building structure and the variety of usage give this part of town a wonderful flair.

Initially the 134 red Dutch houses were built on behalf of the "soldier king", King Friedrich Wilhelm I., during the second baroque urban expansion between 1732 and 1742. Built in Dutch style, they are evidence of the Prussian policy of tolerance towards immigrants.
The houses were supposed to be inhabited by Dutch craftsmen and their families, who were recruited for the construction of the Mark Brandenburg in order to strengthen the economical growth.

Even though the Dutch immigrants in Potsdam enjoyed extraordinary privileges, only two dozen craftsmen settled in Potsdam. This is why finally also French and Prussian craftsmen, artists and soldiers moved into the houses.
Among the most famous inhabitants who lived in the Dutch quarter were well known architects such as the sculptor Friedrich Christian Glume, who set up his stonemason's workshop in Mittelstraße 25 in the years 1746 to 1751.  The architect Carl Philip Christian von Gontard lived in Benkertstraße 16 from 1765 to 1791. It was he who like no one else shaped the late baroque face of the town, at that time the residence of Friedrich des Großen. Dismar Degen, Friedrich Wilhelm Bock and Johann Friedrich Meyer were among the well known court painters who openend up their easels in the Dutch quarter.  Johann Friedrich Meyer opened up his workshop in Benkertstraße 21. In 1906 the shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt bought a uniform from a junk dealer in Mittelstraße and, wearing this uniform, he marched into the Köpenicker town hall and confiscated the town fund which made him unforgettable as the Captain of Köpenick. The famous author Theodor Storm lived in Benkertstraße 15 between 1854 and 1856. 'This quarter is very pleasant, all rooms are well separated, a large nursery and for me a parlour on my own next to the living room... It is only three houses away from the unpaved Bassinplatz, which is a wonderful playground for the children. From my window I have a view on a small vineyard'.

Due to the industrialisation there was a growth of population in the 19th century. This led to the  reconstruction and sometimes to the extension of the buildings of the four blocks. Thus it was possible to accommodate more tenants. Till today numerous families reside in these  surprisingly spacious flats and may benefit from the lovely and peaceful  patios, planted with greenery and flowers in summertime.  

During the Second World War eight houses were destroyed and a few were damaged, after that the quarter increasingly deterioradet. The state contemplated demolition in the sense of the town planning in the nineteen-seventies. Fortunately, this was impeded and the Dutch quarter was put under monument protection. After the fall of the Berlin wall, the Dutch quarter was carefully and step by step renovated and it became a lively and idyllic place in the middle of the beautiful town center of Potsdam.

Our Town - definitely worth a trip

Potsdam, once the town of fishermen and craftsmen changed its facade when the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm resided in the town. From the second half of the 17th Century palaces and gardens emerged, in the following centuries cultural landscapes of Europe grew impressively under the Electors, Prussian Kings and German Emperors. The Potsdam cultural landscape" is today the biggest UNESCO- world heritage in Germany and offers lots to see.

The historical centre of Potsdam, the today´s capital of the federal state of Brandenburg, is marked by the extensive, well preserved entire streets and public places of the second baroque city expansion.

Accompanied by an offensive immigration policy, one of the most outstanding characteristics got developed in the town – her tolerance and world-openness. Even back then Potsdam was already a science city: Einstein, Haeckel, Humboldt, Helmholtz and Lilienthal have worked here. With more than 20 research institutions, Potsdam counts to one of the most important science cities of Europe and is at the same time the capital of the movie business. In the oldest film studio of the world – Studio Babelsberg is since 1911 the home of the movies - lots of current German movies and international productions, with Marlene Dietrich up to George Clooney are produced here.

Potsdam is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany with its parks, lakes, palaces, the historic quarters Russian Colony Alexandrowka and the Dutch Quarter. Highlights are no doubt Sanssouci, once summer residence of Friedrich the Great, and Cecilienhof Palace, venue of the Potsdam Conference. Commissioned by the king, famous architects and landscape architects designed these marvellous architectural monuments and parcs. The names Schinkel, Knobelsdorff, Persius, Lenné and many other are unforgettable.
Potsdam may be explored in many ways. Whether by bus, tram, foot, bicycle or boat, Potsdam is enjoyable and definitely worth a trip!