Waking up to the sound of bird song as soft dawn light pours through wall-to-celing windows, filtered by bright green leaves, onto my pillow, is how I want to start everyday. The lack of manmade noise combined with sumptuous bedding, makes it feel as if you were sleeping on a cloud. parkchâlet potsdam is the home we wish we had: a bright, open space with a view of nature through every pane of glass. Each piece of furniture has been handpicked for the space, with mismatched designer chairs at dark-wood dining tables and brightly coloured corner sofas adding a pop of colour.
Despite being just 40-minutes away from Germany’s capital, parkchâlet potsdam feels as if it’s in another world, and in fact, it almost is. Located in Klein Glienicke, the chalet is called a chalet for a reason: to be in-keeping with the village’s original style, a mini-Switzerland. In the 19th century, the Alps were very much in fashion, so Prince Carl of Prussia has architect Ferdinand von Arnim design several Swiss-style houses to nestle into this hilly nook between Potsdam and Babelsberg and their idyllic lakes.
While many of these houses were destroyed to build the wall, luckily for us, 15 years after it fell, Gerald and Pia Kühn von Kaehne fell in love with the area and decided to build the modern chalet that stands on the hillside today. The seven apartments are all completely individual. Stay for a long weekend or perhaps a few weeks, either way, leaving again will be a challenge!
Introducing Pia and Gerald!
“When building the chalet, it was incredibly important for us to preserve the special nature and cultural history of this village, while also designing a modern, welcoming space that brings the outside in.”
“We wanted the apartments to be spaces that adapt to the seasons, so this is one of the reasons for the huge windows - in winter the crisp light makes the apartments illuminate differently to a warm summer’s evening - this is truly magical.”
Pia and Gerald’s insider tips
parkchâlet potsdam is located in Klein Glienicke, a stone’s throw from Potsdam and Babelsberg.
You can easily drive, and there’s onsite parking.
You can easily arrive using public transport; get the S Bahn or train to Wannsee, from where it’s a short bus ride.