Potsdam celebrates Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great (1712-1786) turned Prussia into a major power; he also worshipped Voltaire and adored music. In 2012, Germany is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of 'Old Fritz'. UNESCO World Heritage status was granted in 1990 to Frederick the Great's Sanssouci Palace and Park in Potsdam. A series of Frederick the Great festival events began in the city on 12 January 2012, leading up to the big birthday celebration on 24 January 2012.