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Sheffield, United Kingdom
August 19, 2005
It is a beautiful ride through woodland and along beautiful lakeside scenery. Stop off at the House of the Wansee Conference on the way. This is where the Nazis decided on the "Final Solution" for the "Jewish Problem." It is truly horrific how such a beautiful building in a beautiful location could be the setting for such an abhorrent moment in history.
On the way to Potsdam, there are plenty of peaceful places to stop, including a couple of lovely cafés with large lawns. Potsdam is beautiful, and the main park there is the big attraction with its many palaces and other architectural wonders and landscaped gardens.
Cycle back to Wansee, or, if like me (lazy), put the bike on the S-Bahn in one of the special cycle carriages!
From journal 3 Nights in Berlin
January 20, 2002
One can easily travel to Potsdam on the S-Bahn; it takes about 25 minutes. From the terminal at which you arrive there are buses that will take you to the palace of San Souci or the Neues Palais. You will want to get an early start on this excursion, because there is a great deal to see, too much for one day; choices must be made, probably. San Souci, Friedrich the Great's pleasure palace, is memorable, and the grounds are magnificent. You will want to walk all over, and be sure to see the Chinese Tea House, with its exquisite decoration.
In one of the rooms of the palace you can see the chair in which Friedrich the Great died; and for some unaccountable reason, the guide who took my group (English speaking) through the various rooms failed to mention this item, perhaps on the theory that Americans aren't interested in history?
Nowhere near the palaces, which are situated above the town, is the Cecilienhof, once a royal hunting lodge, today a hotel, the place where the Potsdam Agreement was signed. There is a museum room with the table, etc. You could have lunch, tea, or dinner here, or stay the night. There are several things to see in the town, but the hotel is not convenient to the most major sights. (This is where a car would come in handy.)
Probably you will not get back to Berlin by train before 5:30 or 6pm at the earliest; so you may not want to plan a taxing evening for yourself.
From journal Intelligent Guide to Berlin