The Dutch Village in the New Garden
The Dutch Village is an ensemble of houses in the New Garden. It was built by Frederick William II as a residence for servants and as a charming backdrop to Heiliger See Lake. The ensemble consists of four Kavaliershaus buildings (“cavalier houses”), a horse stable, a carriage shed and a ladies’ house – all made of red brick with Dutch gables and reflecting the traditional connection of the House of Hohenzollern with Holland, just like the Dutch Quarter in the city centre.
The Kavaliershaus with the imaginative flowerbed was known as “Damenhaus” (“Ladies' House”) at the time of King Frederick William II. Legend has it that the King’s favourite ladies would use this pretty Dutch house to prepare themselves for their night-time appearance before His Royal Highness. The amours of the “fat scallywag”, as the people of Potsdam called their ruler, were the talk of the town.
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