Dutch quarter in the center of Potsdam represents a Dutch colony of sorts and the largest Dutch architectural ensemble outside the Netherlands. It gives out the air of coziness and warmth. History of creation of this quarter started in 1733. At that time King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm I, wishing to lure in Dutch craftsmen he needed for the development of the kingdom and the new capital, ordered to build a “Dutch village” where the newly arrived masters could live.
Beginning from 1733, there were 134 houses built in Dutch style in seven years. Houses were soon occupied by expatriates from Holland as well as other immigrants and even local residents who were satisfied with the quality of accommodation. Thus the problem of lack of specialists was solved, while an architectural monument remained. Today it is as cozy as during the 18th century. There are cafés and souvenir shops, pubs and bars.