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Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

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"How far is it by car from Wannsee to the city Center, like Mitte? " (posted 04/14/2014)

By car you can reach the city center, depending on traffic, in 20 - 30 min
Answer provided by Regina Klahold on 04/14/2014
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about 30 - 40 min
Answer provided by Henning Wulff on 04/14/2014
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"Hi, I had a few questions about the ferry service operated by the BVG. Which of the ferries are in region B of the BVG plan and which are included in Region C? Which of the ferries is most recommended or goes to the best spot there? Also are there any one-time only rowing options around the Wannsee?" (posted 07/27/2014)

There is only one ferry, from Wannsee to Kladow and back, includes area B. There is no ferry for area C. There are a lot of private companies with boat tours from Wannsee to Berlin and Potsdam and to everywhere in Berlin. Take a look to http://buchung.sternundkreis.de/en/SundK/Home/K256.htm?RID=248. The page is in English as well. So It is possible to hire a small boat for getting around by yourself. Greetings, Henning Wulff
Answer provided by Henning Wulff on 07/28/2014
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Good Morning! 1) According to my research, all ferries covered by the BVG tarif B. See also links to the ferries F10, F11, F12, F21, and F23 under http://www.bvg.de/index.php/de/3722/ name / Faehre.html. 2) I can't judge which of the 5 ferries takes the most beautiful route. I myself only know the route Wannsee - Kladow - Wannsee (ferry F10) - journey time approx 20 minuntes - I would always prefer this route. The other routes are sometimes very short. Therefore, I would not recommend them for a boat trip, in principle, since they only take you to the other side. On the weekends, there can be long lines for ferry F10 because Kladow is a popular destination, and because the F10 ferry only goes 1 x an hour starting from Wannsee or Kladow. There are limits on taking bicycles on board; these can sometimes result in even longer waiting times. 3) Rowing options (One, two, four with coxswain, etc.), I think these are only available for members of rowing clubs. This is related to the insurance coverage. I don't know whether guests are allowed row along with them. But there rentals that have canoes, kayaks, or paddle boats.
Answer provided by Guido Jülich on 07/28/2014
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"Why should someone do a vacation in Berlin-Wannsee? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Berlin-Wannsee, which everyone visiting Berlin-Wannsee should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Berlin-Wannsee that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 06/12/2014)

I recommend as Travel Tips: 1) House of the Wannsee Conference 2nd) Glienicke Bridge 3) Kleist Memorial 4) Wannsee beach Sincerely, Regina Klahold
Answer provided by Regina Klahold on 06/12/2014
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Whether swimming, walking, cycling or just the view from one of the many resturants enjoy - The Wannsee is a great destination for all! Wannsee is a district in the southeast of Berlin and surrounded by lakes and rivers. Numerous castles, gardens and forests make this place very interesting for those seeking relaxation. the famous Wannsee with its water sports and beach swimming pools is an ideal leisure destination.
Answer provided by Henning Wulff on 06/12/2014
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Personally, I find the visual axes, resulting from a walk in the park and were created specifically so (eg from forestry Düpelner Peacock Island and Castle) very beautiful. Directly in front of the Glienicke Bridge from Berlin coming on the right side was always a super nice restaurant with excellent food. Whether it still exists, I do not know.
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  • Jagdschloss Glienicke
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    Jagdschloss Glienicke

    Jagdschloss Glienicke is a small German hunting lodge in Berlin-Wannsee near Glienicke Bridge. The Glienicke Palace and Babelsberg Palace can be seen nearby. It was begun in 1682 by Charles Philippe Dieussart for Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg and completed in 1693 during the reign of Frederick William I of Prussia. Frederick I of Prussia used it as a military hospital. In 1763, Frederick II of Prussia gave it as a present to Isaac Levin Joel, a wallpaper and carpet maker who used it for wallpaper manufacture. From 1827, it was owned by Wilhelm von Türk, who turned it into an orphanage in 1832. In 1859, Prince Charles of Prussia hired the court architect Ferdinand von Arnim to renovate the castle in Neo-baroque style for his son Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia. In 1889, Albert Geyer expanded the central block of the building and added a tower.

    In 1939, the castle came into possession of the city of Berlin. After World War II, the castle first became a facility of the Soviet army, then a youth hostel. In between, it was used as a storing location for Universum Film AG. Additionally, many families found a new home there after the Russians cleared out Berlin and Neubabelsberg. One of the families was the family of an ex-mayor of Berlin. In 1963/64, Max Taut rebuilt the castle by adding a glass bay to the two lower floors. Between 1964 and 2003, the castle was used as a youth meeting place. Since 2003, the castle is home of the Sozialpädagogische Fortbildung Jagdschloss Glienicke.

    Jagdschloss Glienicke after the rebuilding by Ferdinand von Arnim, around 1865 The castle is a UNESCO-World Heritage Site. On March 31, 2003, the south wing of the castle caught fire as a result of faulty wiring.[1] Because the castle had no fire alarm and its water intakes had become clogged with silt, the resulting damage was particularly severe and has yet to be fully repaired. A rebuild in line with accepted conservation practice began in November 2005. The topping-out ceremony was on August 23, 2006. The awarding authority was the Senate Office For Education, Science and Research. The price for the rebuilding of the roof was approximately €400,000.

  • Glienicke Palace
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    Glienicke Palace

    Glienicke Palace (German: Schloss Glienicke) is located on the Island of Berlin-Wannsee, near the Glienicke Bridge, on the B1 across from the Glienicke Hunting Lodge. It was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel for Prince Carl of Prussia in 1826, The building, originally merely a cottage, was turned into a summer palace in the late classical style. Particularly striking are two golden lion statues in front of the frontage, which were also designed by Schinkel. The lions are versions of the Medici lions from the Villa Medici. In the palace are antique objets d'art, which the Prince brought back from his trips. The palace's park is now called the Volkspark Glienicke. The palace and park are UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin since 1990.

  • Glienicke Palace
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Glienicke Palace

    Glienicke Palace (German: Schloss Glienicke) is located on the Island of Berlin-Wannsee, near the Glienicke Bridge, on the B1 across from the Glienicke Hunting Lodge. It was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel for Prince Carl of Prussia in 1826, The building, originally merely a cottage, was turned into a summer palace in the late classical style. Particularly striking are two golden lion statues in front of the frontage, which were also designed by Schinkel. The lions are versions of the Medici lions from the Villa Medici. In the palace are antique objets d'art, which the Prince brought back from his trips. The palace's park is now called the Volkspark Glienicke. The palace and park are UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin since 1990.

  • Jagdschloss Glienicke
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Jagdschloss Glienicke

    Jagdschloss Glienicke is a small German hunting lodge in Berlin-Wannsee near Glienicke Bridge. The Glienicke Palace and Babelsberg Palace can be seen nearby. It was begun in 1682 by Charles Philippe Dieussart for Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg and completed in 1693 during the reign of Frederick William I of Prussia. Frederick I of Prussia used it as a military hospital. In 1763, Frederick II of Prussia gave it as a present to Isaac Levin Joel, a wallpaper and carpet maker who used it for wallpaper manufacture. From 1827, it was owned by Wilhelm von Türk, who turned it into an orphanage in 1832. In 1859, Prince Charles of Prussia hired the court architect Ferdinand von Arnim to renovate the castle in Neo-baroque style for his son Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia. In 1889, Albert Geyer expanded the central block of the building and added a tower.

    In 1939, the castle came into possession of the city of Berlin. After World War II, the castle first became a facility of the Soviet army, then a youth hostel. In between, it was used as a storing location for Universum Film AG. Additionally, many families found a new home there after the Russians cleared out Berlin and Neubabelsberg. One of the families was the family of an ex-mayor of Berlin. In 1963/64, Max Taut rebuilt the castle by adding a glass bay to the two lower floors. Between 1964 and 2003, the castle was used as a youth meeting place. Since 2003, the castle is home of the Sozialpädagogische Fortbildung Jagdschloss Glienicke.

    The castle is a UNESCO-World Heritage Site. On March 31, 2003, the south wing of the castle caught fire as a result of faulty wiring.[1] Because the castle had no fire alarm and its water intakes had become clogged with silt, the resulting damage was particularly severe and has yet to be fully repaired. A rebuild in line with accepted conservation practice began in November 2005. The topping-out ceremony was on August 23, 2006. The awarding authority was the Senate Office For Education, Science and Research. The price for the rebuilding of the roof was approximately €400,000.



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Wannsee is a lovely neighborhood in the southeast of Germany’s capital. Surrounded by lakes and rivers, Wannsee offers visitors a relaxing place to come home after a full day of sightseeing in downtown Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide).

Berlin-Wannsee is a locality of Berlin. Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states (Länder) of the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin is the largest city in Germany and has a population of 4.5 million within its metropolitan area and 3.4 million within the city limits. Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, for its lively nightlife, for its many cafes, clubs, and bars, and for its numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin's architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken asunder during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time within the city center, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz, to the ultramodern glass and steel structures in Potsdamer Platz. Because of its tumultuous history, Berlin remains a city with many distinctive neighborhoods.

First documented in the thirteenth century, Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) was successively the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701-1918), the German Empire (1871-1918), the Weimar (Weimar vacation rentals | Weimar travel guide) Republic (1919-1933) and the Third Reich (1933-1945).[4] After World War II, the city was divided; East Berlin became the capital of East Germany while West Berlin became a Western enclave, surrounded by the Berlin Wall from 1961-1989. Following German reunification in 1990, the city regained its status as the capital of all Germany.

Berlin is a major center of culture, politics, media, and science in Europe. Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, environmental services, congress and convention venues. The city serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport, and is one of the most visited tourist destination in the EU. Other industries include traffic engineering, optoelectronics, information technology, vehicle manufacturing, biomedical engineering, and biotechnology.

The metropolis is home to world-renowned universities, research institutes, sporting events, orchestras, museums and personalities. Berlin's urban landscape and historical legacy has made it a popular setting for international film productions. The city is recognized for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living. Berlin has evolved into a global focal point for young individuals and artists attracted by a liberal lifestyle and modern zeitgeist.

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More about the History of Berlin-Wannsee

On 21 November 1811, Heinrich von Kleist shot himself on the shore of the Kleiner Wannsee and – at her bidding – his lover, Henriette Vogel. A memorial marks the site. The Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, the second oldest yacht club in Germany, was established in October 1867 on a small wooden shack by river Havel. In 1877 it moved to its present location at the edge of the lake. In 1909 Max Liebermann, head of the Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) Secession, had a villa built at the western shore of the Wannsee. His widow was forced to sell it to the Deutsche Reichspost in 1940.

In 1928 a large shooting range was established in the Düppel woods near the Berlin city limits. It was the site of the shooting events of the 1936 Summer Olympics. After World War II it was used by the US army as the "Rose Range" firing compound. On 20 January 1942, senior Nazi officials met at the Wannsee Villa (built 1914-1915) to plan the Final Solution to the "Jewish Question" – the extermination of the Jews of Europe. This event, presided over by Reinhard Heydrich and conducted by Adolf Eichmann, has since become known as the Wannsee Conference. Today, the building serves as a memorial and education centre.

Wannsee is a lovely neighborhood in the southeast of Germany’s capital. Surrounded by lakes and rivers, Wannsee offers visitors a relaxing place to "come home" after a full day of sightseeing in downtown Berlin.

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