Potsdam

Potsdam, a city of Prussian Kings and the German Kaiser, is a center of European film production and science. It is also the site of two significant World Heritage Sites, the palaces of Sanssouci, built for Frederich the Great https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanssouci and the Cecilienhof where the Potsdam Conference was held among the victorious Allies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potsdam

We entered Potsdam, capital of the State of Brandenburg, by bus over the Glienicke Bridge, formally a restricted border crossing between East and West Germany during the cold war. Between 1962 and 1986 spies captured by each side were exchanged over the middle of the bridge, often culminating years of negotiation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glienicke_Bridge . The movie, Bridge of Spies, released on October 16, 2015, tells the story of this bridge. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8931789-bridge-of-spies

The center of the bridge where exchanges were made is marked by a brass inset in the pavement. Note my shadow showing the high fashion sun hat. Note also that bridge is slightly lighter green on the former East German side.

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This is the Brandenburg Gate in Potsdam, on the road to Brandenberg.

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Babelsberg is the town where many  attendees stayed during the conference.  Arriving at Cecilienhof Palace, the traditional Potsdam residence of the Hohenzollern Prince Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie, built between 1914 and 1917,  we were informed about the conference – between July 17 and August 2, 1945 – involving the victorious Allies who allocated zones of oversight in Germany. We were shown the outside of the building and the conference room.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilienhof  It was interesting to learn that Churchill had lost the 1945 general election and was replaced in mid-conference by Clement Attlee, the winner. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potsdam_Conference  The agreements made during the conference can be discovered at this site as well._N7A8326 A poster shot of the conference room.

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A poster showing Clement Attlee substituted for Churchill during the last days of the conference.

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The red star was a nod to Stalin.

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This is the conference room from the gardens outside.

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Sanssouci (without concerns; no worries), the German rival of Versailles, is the Rococo style palace built in 1745-7 for King Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, as a place to relax out of the glare of pomp and ceremony. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanssouci . We were permitted a guide-led visit into the interior of this lavish palace and grounds. This had become a World Heritage Site in 1990, visited by more than two million people a year.

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These are just a few shots to give you an idea of the place.

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