Dresden and Potsdam
Spend a good six hours out of Berlin on a guided tour of nearby Dresden or Potsdam and explore the history of these places. Excursions to Dresden’s medieval fortresses and pottery will keep you enthralled.
While Dresden is more renowned for its post-communist era origins, Potsdam with its ancient historical charm is a region waiting to be explored. On your day trips to Dresden, though, don’t forget to visit the Balcony of Europe and explore history.
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Delve into the dark history of Germany’s Nazi regime on a visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Home to Germany’s notorious Station Z and Tower A that witnessed much brutality during those dark times, the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was one of the most important camps of the Nazis.
Go back in time and put yourself in the shoes of the Sachsenhausen prisoners who lived there, through accounts given by survivors about themselves and those they knew. While Sachsenhausen is a rather sobering tour, it is certainly a reminder on the beauty of life past those dark days.
Day trips and excursions through Sachsenhausen are a bitter memory of a section of Germany’s dark history, but is also a reminder of the infallibility of the human spirit.
If you are in the mood for something a bit more adventurous on your day trips, try out the 6 hour tour of the forbidden city in Potsdam a short distance away from Berlin, and revel in its fascinating history.
Excursions into its old market square will take you back in time to the days of old, while Potsdam’s cultural landscape and magnificent palaces will take you back to the time when the Hohenzollern had their stronghold here in Germany. Of course, day trips to Potsdam is not complete without visiting the Hohenzollern Palaces, parks and fascinating villas.
If aviation is your forté, excursions into the region around Berlin has a lot to interest you. Old airship ports, military air bases, remains of old structures and ancient technological developments are just some of the things you can delve into and enjoy on your tour here. Of special interest would be the Heinkel Tower that stands in the centre of a park, and Otto Lilienthal’s hill.
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