Just outside Berlin, the one-time seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty is stuffed full of gorgeous fairy-tale palaces – but this city is also replete with Cold War history, from the 1945 Potsdam Conference to the ‘Bridge of Spies’ made famous in Spielberg’s 2015 film.
To discover Potsdam together, we can either meet there or travel together by train from Berlin (about thirty minutes).
On our tour, let’s explore:
the history of the Hohenzollerns, Prussia’s royal family
Potsdam’s palace gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site
the reign of the remarkable Prussian King Friedrich the Great
the Church of Peace (dismantled and imported from Italy)
Potsdam’s Russian and Dutch quarters
Cecilienhof, site of the Potsdam Conference in the summer of 1945
the Glienicke Bridge (or ‘Bridge of Spies’)
Potsdam’s KGB prison