DAY 4: Berlin: Potsdam Tour
Head out for a Explore the heart of Berlin. It is easy to see why the palaces & parks of Potsdam were designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1990. Not only is the city incredibly picturesque, with its many palaces, lakes, manicured gardens, statues & water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres, but it is brimming with an equally fascinating history. Stroll around the Dutch Quarter, an ensemble of red-brick buildings that is unique in Europe. The infamous ‘Soldier King’, Frederick William I, (renowned for the giant men he collected for his showcase military regiments), had the houses built in the middle of the 18th century to accommodate Potsdam’s new community of Dutch artisans.
See the stunning Sanssouci Palace, favorite residence of Frederick the Great, which is set in beautiful parkl & scattered with temples, churches & follies We visit Cecilienhof, the manorial residence of Germany’s last Kaiser, which was used to host the Potsdam Conference in 1945. We describe the discussions that took place between Churchill, Truman & Stalin, which were to seal the fate of Cold War Europe for the next half century. You will also see the forbidden town used by the Soviet Secret Service until 1994, the KGB jail, the Glienicke Bridge used for spy swaps with the CIA, & much more. Did we mention the break in a fantastic local beer garden for a light lunch & a glass of the local brew?