Just 25km from Berlin, Potsdam is very different in atmosphere. The capital of Brandenburg is perhaps best-known for its architectural excesses, most of which remarkably survived WWII. A city of a Prussian glory, Potsdam is a result of the thorough urban planning project that took place during the Age of Enlightenment. Schloss Sanssouci is the top day-trip destination, a Rococo confection surrounded by magnificent parks and gardens that was once the summer palace of the Prussian king Frederick the Great. The centre of town holds contrasting sights of interest, among them beautiful Baroque squares and the harrowing Lindenstraße Prison, formerly a Stasi outpost. Potsdam is also known as a major filmmaking center with its Babelsberg Studio which is Europe’s largest film studio as well as the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. Less-visited attractions further from the city include Baruth Glassmaking Village, where one of Europe’s most prominent glassworks was in operation from 1716 to 1980.