Berlin and Potsdam, featuring the combination of the palaces and parks in Potsdam together with monuments within Berlin.
Berlin’s history has left the city with a highly eclectic array of architecture and buildings. The city’s appearance today is predominantly shaped by the key role it played in Germany’s history in the 20th century. Each of the national governments based in Berlin – the Kingdom of Prussia, the 1871 German Empire, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, East Germany, and now the reunified Germany – initiated ambitious reconstruction programmes, each adding its own distinctive style to the city’s architecture. We visit many of these great locations during our tours before moving on to Potsdam. It was here the Kings of Prussia and the German Kaiser had their residence until 1918. Its planning embodied ideas of The Age of Enlightenment: through a careful balance of architecture and landscape Potsdam was intended as “a picturesque, pastoral dream” which would remind its residents of their relationship with nature and reason. Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. The Cecilienhof Palace hosted the major post World War II Potsdam Conference, a meeting of the victorious allies. A packed custom designed tour awaits you with Battered-Suitcase.com
Package includes 2 nights in a Berlin Hotel on a B&B basis and international flights. Full programme of tour programme available.