About 285 years ago as swampy Potsdam grew with the addition of numerous districts, large drainage ponds were built which still characterize the cityscape in prominent places: the unity square Platz der Einheit, the baroque square Bassinplatz and the city square Plantagenplatz. Other spots were given their “green” character with a fountain or landscaping.
Many streets and paths are tree-lined. Linden trees, chestnut trees, pink hawthorn trees and oaks – each gives streets their own special character. Every year Potsdam can count itself richer by one more wonderful sight when the cherry blossoms bloom on the south end of the street Lindenstraße. Some of the promenades have a history which is worth pursuing: Hegelallee, along which the town wall once ran, or the streets along the re-excavated city canal.