Today, after meeting your guide in the hotel lobby, you will drive outside of the city to Potsdam – the former home of Prussian Kings.
En route, you may stop at the famous villa on the Greater Wannsee Lake, where on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials met to discuss the ‘Final Solution’ – the plan of the extermination of the Jews of Europe. This meeting, which only lasted about 90 minutes, has since become known as the ‘Wannsee Conference’. Today, the building serves as a memorial and education center and was featured in the television film Conspiracy.
You can also visit the memorial at Track 17, once one of the major sites of the deportation of Berlin Jews.
Potsdam celebrated its 1000th birthday in 1993 and is known for its palaces and beautiful gardens. The enormous Park Sanssouci is among the most beautiful palace complexes in Europe. The Sanssouci Palace was the first building to be erected in Potsdam as a summer residence of Frederick the Great. Over the years, the park was expanded and new palaces and pavilions were added. You would need at least one whole day to enjoy the park fully. You will tour the old residence of the Prussian Dynasty, which today is a center of culture and history.
Your guide will also take you to the Cecilienhof Palace, the historical venue of the Potsdam Agreement. Built in the style of an English country manor, this was the family home of the Hohenzollern dynasty after they lost the crown.
Afterwards, return to the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.