Germany Trip Plan:
7-days Berlin, Potsdam and the Mecklenburger Lakes

Germany trip plan: 7-days Berlin, Potsdam and the Mecklenburger Lakes
Black Lake near Rheinsberg, PD-Saxo
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Ideally situated, the Mecklenburg Lake District offers beauty and tranquility, best discovered on foot, by bike or boat. Visit Meseburg Castle, where G. Bush was welcomed by the German Chancellor A. Merkel. Spend a day in Potsdam's Sanssouci Park, and enjoy the countless attractions and great shopping opportunities of Metropolitan Berlin.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Berlin Tegel Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Ideally situated, the Mecklenburg Lake District offers beauty and tranquility, best discovered on foot, by bike or boat. Visit Meseburg Castle, where G. Bush was welcomed by the German Chancellor A. Merkel. Spend a day in Potsdam's Sanssouci Park, and enjoy the countless attractions and great shopping opportunities of Metropolitan Berlin.

This kind of holiday has it all. The Mecklenburg Lake District in the State of Brandenburg is the biggest area of its kind in Europe, and perfect for a family vacation, or just to wind down and enjoy nature. The lakes invite for swimming, paddling, sailing and other water sports, and the many easy trails throughout the region are a picturesque highlight for every biker or walker. Germany's capital city Berlin is in easy reach and here you have many choices to spend most enjoyable days, be it sightseeing, museums and theaters, special cultural events, or shopping. A must see is Potsdam, including the Sanssouci Park, part of the declared Potsdam UNESCO World Heritage site. Miss Prussia 2010 will feature in 3 exhibitions the life and legends around Queen Louise and will give unique insights to buildings never been open to public before!

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $852 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $300 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $250 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1802 / 2 days
 4 persons, starting at $1902 / 4 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Rheinsberg castle, CC-Amodorrado
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The area around Rheinsberg is the most picturesque part of the rugged landscape of the Mecklenburg Lake District. Directly on the lakeside, a fully fitted vacation apartment awaits you - a view at the harbor and the lighthouse is inclusive. Depending on the time of your arrival you might like to go on a stroll to find the best shopping facilities, or enjoy local dishes at one of the many cozy restaurants and pubs.


Day 2: Discover Rheinsberg

Day 2: Discover Rheinsberg
Pottery market, galerie.lookundbook.de/Rheinsberg
[ source: galerie.lookundbook.de/Rheinsberg]

The town's fortification walls surround the old town on the Rhine River, containing some remarkable residential buildings. Start your walk at the St. Lawrence's Church, built in an early-Gothic style. At the Market Square you will find the Tucholsky memorial plaque for lovers and then continue your walk to the Triangle Square. It got its name because of its triangular shape and it is here, that you will find the underground Icehouse.

The history of Rheinsberg is connected to the originally medieval moated castle and the ruling dynasty of the Hohenzollern. In 1734 it was converted for the Crown Prince Friedrich II. Nowadays it is the venue for the Federal and State Academy of Music and Chamber Opera. The castle came to literary fame by Theodor Fontane and Kurt Tucholsky. Visit the Kurt Tucholsky Literary Museum and of course the castle itself. The basic design of the castle gardens follows the strict lines of the castle, which served as a template for Potsdam-Sanssouci. The broad terrace and the parterre garden and lake, were specially designed for the Brandenburg countryside. The castle gardens are next the Market Square and the Triangle Square. Relax at one of the many cafes and enjoy a coffee or other drink and typical, locally produced pastry.

A main source of income has been the ceramic industry, and the Ceramics Museum Rheinsberg displays the historical development of decoration and shape of the Rheinberger ceramics from 1762. Special travel tip: Once a year, on the 2nd weekend in October, the famous pottery market is held in Rheinsberg.


Day 3: Potsdam, Sanssouci and Miss Prussia 2010

Day 3: Potsdam, Sanssouci and Miss Prussia 2010
Sanssouci Potsdam, GNU-Suse
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After a great breakfast enjoy a full day tour to Potsdam. It is situated on the River Havel, around 15 miles southwest of Berlin central and part of the Metropolitan area of Berlin/Brandenburg. The Stunning rococo Sanssouci Palace and its verdant gardens and terraced vineyards were the summer home of Friedrich the Great. Nowadays it is welcomed by normal folks for a relaxing time, surrounded by cultural inheritance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, built between 1745 and 1747, is known for its treasures inside and out. Highlights include the white and gold Marble Hall reception area, loosely based on the Pantheon in Rome, the many paintings by one of Friedrich's favorite artists, Antoine Watteau, and the Voltaire Room with its carvings of birds, flowers and fruits. The site, which stretches out for over 1 mile west of Potsdam's city center, is open later from Spring to Fall; music festivals are held annually on the grounds.

Special travel tips: Between March 6 and May 30, 2010, Miss Prussia 2010 - Three Exhibitions for the Queen, will feature the life and legend of the Queen Luise. The exhibition at Charlottenburg Castle is dedicated to various facets of her life. Her naturalness and harmonious family life turned her into a legend. Her efforts towards decisive political reforms and her opposition to Napoleon made her into a symbol of hope during Prussia's difficult period at the beginning of the 19th century. More than 200 paintings, sculptures and historical documents, invite visitors to become more familiar with the life and legacy of the queen.

Between May 1 and October 31, 2010, the romantic Havel River island, regarded as one of Queen Luise of Prussia's favorite locations, will be the scene of an innovative exhibition project, where international artists deal with the history, the atmosphere of the location and Queen Luise as a person. In addition to the Palace and the Dairy, in Luise's Year in 2010, park buildings that were not accessible to the public, will open their gates for the first time!

Between July 31 and October 24, 2010, The exhibition at Paretz Palace, once the summer residence of the royal family, shows outfits and accessories that belonged to the Queen, as well as a selection of her portraits and further artifacts in the form of sculptures, graphic folios and letters.


Day 4: Biking or walking in the Rheinsberger lake area

Day 4: Biking or walking in the Rheinsberger lake area
Autumn lake view, galerie.schloss-meseberg.de
[ source: galerie.schloss-meseberg.de]

Today, you will enjoy the ideal landscape for walking and biking. Rheinsberg is located in the Rheinsberger lake area, a mixture of many large and small lakes and a varied, undulating landscape. South of Rheinsberg lie the Ruppin Switzerland. In the west it extends into the Kyritz-Ruppin Meadows, which was used as a military training ground by the Soviet troops. Well marked trails will guide you on round trips from 2 to 18 miles, with many sightseeing points and places to rest, in order to recharge your batteries. And when you return you might like to enjoy a fabulous dinner at the Seehof, a highly recommended restaurant in Rheinsberg.


Day 5: Schloss Meseberg

Day 5: Schloss Meseberg
Meseberg castle, galerie.schloss-meseberg.de
[ source: galerie.schloss-meseberg.de]

The baroque castle Meseberg in Brandenburg, is the guesthouse of the German Federal Government. It is located in Meseberg, a district of the town Gransee with 150 inhabitants. Next to the castle grounds is the Huwenowsee. After the old mansion was burnt down in 1720, Count Hermann built the current castle from 1736. In the further refinement of the estate, the family Lessing played an important role. The family coat of arms - three rings, which symbolizes the ring parable of the related poet Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, was repeatedly applied. Lessing's family owned the estate until 1931. In 1945 the property was expropriated without compensation. In the following decades the Castle was uses as a grocery, kindergarten and the municipal office. After the fall of the Berlin-Wall the castle was not returned to the owners. Finally in 1995, the acquired Messerschmitt Foundation bought the property without specific utilization. Castle, garden and park were restored by the standards of preservation. In 2004, after investing approx. 25 million EUR, the foundation let in the German Federal Government use the castle for a symbolic rent of monthly 1 EUR, for the next 20 years. They invested another 13 million EUR for security, communications technology and ongoing maintenance cost.


Day 6: Berlin Shopping Spree

Day 6: Berlin Shopping Spree
Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz, GNU- Andreas Tille
[ source: Wikipedia]

Before you are heading home, use the last day to go shopping in Berlin, since this city has a lot in store for shopaholics. There is nothing you can't find, from wickedly expensive temples of consumption overflowing with designer labels, to flea and antique markets, shopping malls, bargain stores and the whole spectrum in between. For luxury designers and international chain outlets head for Kurf├╝rstendamm or Friedrichstrasse. For flair, trendier boutiques and hip Berlin labels browse around Berlin-Mitte. Right in the center of the New Berlin, just off Potsdamer Platz, are the 'Arkaden'. The lively shopping mall spreads over three floors in an airy setting with over 130 shops. This is an ideal place for browsing from fashion and accessories to electronic devices. A good choice of gastronomic selections, many cafes and an Italian ice-cream parlor make the Arkaden a popular meeting place. Another must is the Tauentzienstra├če, the extension of Kurfuerstendamm. This is an ideal shopping mile for the whole family with diversity in styles as well as price categories. World famous KaDeWe department store on Wittenbergplatz is a must for its Food Halls and international designer labels. Strolling towards the Ku'damm you'll find popular fashion stores such as H&M or Zara. Souvenir Shops are at the Europa Center and the traditional Cafe Kanzler on Kanzler Eck, with its great street views of the Ku'damm, is an established highlight.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Lake near Rheinsberg, CC-Thomas Mues
[ source: Wikipedia]

As promised, this week had it all - relaxation in the beautiful Mecklenburg Lake District, great cultural heritage and the perfect shopping spree. If you like ice-cream here is one last sweet treat for you. Right at the market square in Rheinsberg you can choose from 666 varieties of ice-cream! The motto is long live diversity and the founder of that concept lives up to his reputation. Like to try a pepper-strawberry-, or a carrot-apple ice-cream?


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