This morning your driver will meet you at your ship at 9:30AM. After the approximately 2.5 hour drive to Potsdam, your guide will meet you there. Today you will be able to tour the world famous Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam and its surrounding park complex. Known as the beautiful sister of Berlin, Potsdam celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 1993. It is known for its palaces and beautiful gardens and is the former home of the 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.
First begin with a tour of the favorite summer residence of Frederick the Great, Sanssouci. Originally this was nothing more than a terraced garden, which Frederick had planted in 1744. Because the view was so stunning, he had a summer residence built above the terraces just one year later. Today, several palaces exist on this property. You will have the opportunity to stroll these famous gardens. If you like, you can step inside to the restored interiors of Neue Palais, considered to be one of the last great Prussian baroque palaces.
Later you may also visit the Cecilienhof Palace, the historical venue of the Potsdam Agreement between Churchill, Stalin and Truman in 1945. This palace, created in the style of an English country house, was named after Prince William’s wife Cecelia. Today you will have the opportunity to have a special guided tour and learn the history, tradition and secrets of the palace. After touring, your guide will remain behind in Potsdam and you will return with your driver to your ship.