Wannsee

Most tourists come to leafy, upscale Wannsee to see the House of the Wannsee Conference, where the Third Reich’s top officials met to plan the "final solution." Beyond this dark historical site, however, there are parks, lakes, and islands to explore. Leave a day for a trip here, especially in warm weather: the Wannsee lake is a favorite spot for a summer dip.

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Gedenkstätte Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

The lovely lakeside setting of this Berlin villa belies the unimaginable Holocaust atrocities planned here. This elegant edifice hosted the…

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Schloss Glienicke

On a green spit of land between Wannsee and Potsdam, right before the infamous Glienicke Bridge (where spies and prisoners…

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Pfaueninsel

Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm II whisked his mistresses away to this small island oasis on the Great Wannsee. Schloss Pfaueninsel,…

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