Parks & Castles
After the Prussian Duchy became a kingdom in 1701 the royal family and the aristocracy invested much money in building elegant residences after the models of French and Italian villas. The palace of Versailles inspired the largest projects. The star architects of the time were charged with the construction of magnificent mansions surrounded by landscaped parks, which are now open to the public.
Day 1
Afternoon city tour including admission to Charlottenburg Palace (Old Castle and New Wing) with its park and French gardens. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2
City sightseeing tour including the magnificent baroque and classical buildings of the historical city and the Museum Island with the Pergamon archeological collection. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3
Excursion to Potsdam: orientation city tour and guided visit of Sanssouci Park (including entrance to one out of 4 main palaces) and of the New Gardens including entrance to Cecilienhof Castle, where the „Potsdam Agreement“ were signed in 1945. Return to Berlin for dinner and overnight.
Day 4
Tour to the Grünewald Forest with its hunting lodge (painting gallery) then onto the Island of Peacocks to stroll in the park designed by Lenné and to see the romantic castle, featuring a medieval ruin. Back with the ferry to the mainland to visit both parks of Glienicke and Babelsberg and to see their fine palaces. Return to Berlin for dinner and overnight.
Day 5
Before leaving Berlin stop at Castle Tegel, property of the Humboldt family and visit of the park designed by Lenné (interiors on Monday only, on request).