Frederick the Great Monument in front of the Orangerie, Potsdam near Berlin. By Tom Williamson


As Versailles is to Paris, so is Potsdam to Berlin. A stunning city, Potsdam is full of palaces, formal gardens and steeped in history. The royal family had their summer palaces here for over 400 years. But modern events have also made Potsdam famous, you’ll also visit where Truman, Stalin and Churchill drafted and signed the Potsdam Convention, officially dividing up Germany, and Europe and setting the stage for the cold war. Sites: Neues Palais, Sanssouci and Gardens, L’Orangerie, Cecilienhof, Neuer Garten, Marble Palais, Havel Lake, Glienicke Bridge (where spies were traded). We take a train and buses on this day of touring. This is a wonderful bike tour day, we can rent bikes in Potsdam upon arrival.