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Bridge from the ferry
On our boat trip there was some narrative and one of the things they pointed out to us was this bridge.
Glienicker Brücke, the bridge that connects the state capital of Potsdam with the federal capital of Berlin, was one of the most renowned monuments of the Cold War up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Until the political change in 1989, Glienicke Bridge was not only a prominent border village, but also a point of exchange for secret agents of both political systems who had been taken prisoner. Today, Glienicke Bridge is not only a popular backdrop for television commercials, but above all a beautiful vantage point with a view of Schlosspark Glienicke (castle grounds), Babelsberg Castle and Park as well as Sacrower Heilandskirche (church of the Saviour).
Once a secondary border crossing point between East and West, it was on this bridge that in 1989 many Potsdam inhabitants crossed for the first time in 28 years into the West when the wall came down. There is a plaque on the bridge commemorating this historical moment.
This bridge was also the point at which in 1962, during the cold war, an American pilot accused of spying by the Soviets was secretly exchanged for one of their men who was on a 30 year jail sentence in the US.
Address: Berliner Strasse
Directions: Coming from Potsdam, you can reach Glienicke Bridge via Berliner Straße and, if arriving from Berlin, you reach it via Königsstraße and also via “Park Glienicke” landing stage of the “Stern und Kreis”-Schifffahrt (a shipping company in Berlin).
Park map posted at Sans Souci
The Park Sanssouci covers 724 acres - compared to Central Park's 840 - and has three palaces: the rococo Sanssouci Palace, the Baroque New Palace and Charlottenhof Palace.
We had the opportunity to go in to Sans Souci, but were too tired.
City & Palace Tour Sightseeing Tour including visit of Sanssouci Palace
Tuesday to Sunday at 11 pm from Potsdam Filmmuseum (photo 3 and 4)
Adults € 26, children reduction 0-6 years free, 7-12 years 50 %
Tickets to be obtained at Tourist-Information and in Hotels, left-over tickets at the bus
We only got to see the New Palace from the bus (photo 2)
Guided tours April 1-October 31: Saturday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
November 1-March 31: Saturday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Admission adults/children: €8.50/€7 per person
Charlottenhof Palace Guided tours
May 15-October 15: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission adults/children: €6.50/€5.50 per person
Phone: +49 (0)331 96 94 200
Scene walking up to the palace
After we crossed the lake, we got to Potsdam about 1500, and walked up to Cecilienhof, which is a palace in the northern part of the Neuer Garten park in Potsdam, close to the Jungfernsee lake. It was made a part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. Here I decided it would be too much walking for me, so Suzanne (our minder) took me back to the bus. My granddaughter went on with the group.
She reported that the tour was mostly of the gardens (photo 4) and they didn't go into the house. She got a photo of the red flower star, planted by Soviet armed forces in 1945 after the Potsdam Conference (photo 2). This was the meeting at which Winston Churchill, later Clement Attlee, Joseph Stalin and Harry S. Truman met at the round table in the great hall and on 26 July 1945 Churchill and Truman issued the Potsdam Declaration defining the terms for Japanese surrender. Truman had, of course, already given the order for the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
My mother and daughter were able to visit the room where they met and signed the Declaration, but the best my daughter was able to do was to take a picture of the window in the room where the Potsdam conference was held.
Cecilienhof was the last palace built by the Hohenzollern family. Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany built it between 1914 and 1917 for his son Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and the crown prince's wife Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Cecilienhof isn't the usual European palace - it is a brick and oak timber frame building which includes 6 courtyards and 55 carved brick chimney tops. The house was designed by Paul Schultze-Naumburg to look like an English Tudor country house. Due to the outbreak of World War I, the Crown Prince Wilhelm and Cecilie could not move in until August 1917. Wilhelm followed his father into exile one year later, while Cecilie stayed at the palace until she fled from the approaching Red Army in February 1945 during WWII.
Today Cecilienhof is a museum as well as a hotel. Queen Elizabeth II visited Cecilienhof on 3 November 2004. On 30 May 2007, the palace was used for the G8 foreign ministers summit.
April 1-October 31: Tuesday-Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
November 1-March 31: Tuesday-Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Admission adults/children: €7.50/€6.50 per person
Address: D-14469 Posdam
Phone: (0049) (0)331-7043211
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