For normal folk, Potsdam’s Sanssouci is a relaxing royal treat only 30 minutes away by train from bustling Berlin. In French, the palace’s name means “without a care;” it was a quiet refuge for the Prussian king. His final wish was to be buried there, a desire not granted until after German reunification.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, built between 1745 and 1747, is known for its treasures inside and out.
The Neues Palais (New Palace) is the last Potsdam palace that Frederick the Great had built in his park grounds. The palace comprises opulent main reception rooms, beautiful galleries and luxurious royal apartments.
The Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, founded by human rights activist Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt, is a museum like no other; from its humble beginnings in October 1962 as a two-and-a-half room display about the newly erected Berlin Wall, the museum has evolved into a more than 2000m2 exhibition that explores not only the history of the Berlin Wall and the stories of those affected by it, but also looks at the challenges facing us today as we struggle for worldwide recognition of human rights and freedom.
One of the most magnificent Baroque buildings in Germany, with its pavilions and galleries, the “Crown Gate”, the “Nymphs’ Bath” and not least the gardens in the Zwinger courtyard; it is an oasis for every visitor to Dresden. The Zwinger museum contains the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), the Dresden Porcelain Collection (Porzellansammlung) and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments)
Built in the 1740s, the Margravial Opera House is considered to be the most beautifully preserved baroque opera house in Europe and is one of the few surviving theatres of the period. Margravine Wilhelmine commissioned one of the most famous families of theatre architects, the Bolognese Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, and his son, Carlo, to design its interior. With a depth of 27 metres, the stage of this opera house was the largest one in Germany until 1871.
One of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe, Neuschwanstein, or "the castle of the fairy-tale king", receives around 1.4 million people every year. Built for King Ludwig II as a refuge to withdraw from the public life in the nineteenth-century, this castle can be seen in many movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.