A street panorama of Kurfürstenstrasse in the Dutch Quarter (german: Holländisches Viertel) in Potsdam, between the Nauener Gate on the right and Benkertstrasse on the left. The Dutch Quarter was built after plans of the dutch master builder Jan Bouman from 1732 to 1742 on orders of the prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I., who had hoped to attract dutch craftsmen for his rapidly growing garrison town. All in all 134 houses were built in four carré’s, most of which were later inhabited by germans, french or soldiers because not as many dutch were immigrating. Still, the complete quarter is europe’s largest collection of dutch style houses outside the Netherlands.
This Potsdam Streetline was presented in week 10 of our project 101 weeks 101 cities.