February 21, 2018

Alexandrowka – Potsdam’s Russian Colony

Knowing a little of Germany’s history with Russia, there was one neighborhood in Potsdam I was a bit surprised to find!Russian Colony Potsdam Germany

In the northern corner of Potsdam sits an unusual neighborhood, Alexandrowka. This Russian colony was built by Frederick Wilhelm III from 1826-27 to honor his great friendship with Czar Alexander I.Russian Colony Potsdam Germany

The 13 wooden houses in Alexandrowka and the Russian Orthodox Church sitting on nearby Kapellenberg hill are all built in the Russian style.Russian Church Potsdam Germany

In 1999, the Alexandrowka colony became a member of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Russian Colony side yard Potsdam Germany

Today, the peaceful Russian Colony is home a few descendants of the original inhabitants and is still full of orchards. Time your visit right and you could enjoy a wonderful Apple strudel for your afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen 🙂Orchard Russian Colony Potsdam Germany


Would you be surprised to know this Russian Colony is in Germany?


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  2. Johanna at ZigaZag says:

    Wow that’s so interesting. And no I would
    never have guessed that it’s in Germany. It also looks very chocolate box pretty.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      They reminded me of log cabins but with a Germany twist to them or I guess that would be Russian, wouldn’t it?! Either way, they were very beautiful and interesting.

  3. I wish I knew about Alexandrowka the last time I was in Postdam. Such a jewel so close to Postdam. Well, next time I have to visit it. Thanks for the tip. This is why I love your travel blog. One learns so much by reading it.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I do highly recommend a visit when in Potsdam. I was really amazed by all there was to do in the city.

  4. Yes, definitely surprised. Very interesting that some descendants of the original inhabitants live there. The wooden houses are very charming.

  5. Dick Jordan says:

    Interesting! Wish I would have had time to go there when in was in Berlin.
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  6. Red Nomad OZ says:

    What amazing buildings! Almost intriguing enough without the added incentive of apple strudel! ALMOST!
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  7. budget jan says:

    Very surprising. The houses look fantastic and it would be lovely to have an Apple Strudel and soak up the atmosphere.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The apple strudel is needed for sustenance to get you up the hill to the Russian church and Belvedere 🙂

  8. Leigh says:

    I like the sound of a slice of apple strudel with a cup of coffee – and tight about now would be perfect.

    I knew nothing about this.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It really is very peaceful. The tables are in the “back yard” and but up to apple orchards so it is beautiful too!

  9. Lane says:

    Are these original, replicas or restored? And is anyone actually living in them?
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  10. Marlys says:

    How quaint! Didn’t know about this. Got to visit this! Thanks for the heads up.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I think you would like it. From here you can hike/walk up to the Belvedere where there is a palace, great views and takes you right past the Russian church!

  11. Is it still being lived in? Can’t believe the descendants of the original settlers are still there. The houses look well-maintained though. Very nice!
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