Our last day in Germany! We began by taking a train to Potsdam, seat of the Hohenzollern rulers of Prussia. After the 30 minute train ride, we walked around and through the vast palace grounds. A night’s worth of snow made the early morning landscape look fresh and undisturbed, save for a few locals jogging, or walking their dogs, or taking their children sledding.
Overlooking the endless gardens and woods stood Sanssouci, Frederick the Great’s summer palace. Our tour of its rooms showed off its intensely rococo architecture.
We walked back through the grounds and took a train to the Potsdam Hauptbahnhof for a local lunch before continuing back to Berlin. Since one of our first stops in Munich a week ago was the site of the Beer Hall Putsch, it made sense that our last historical stop would be the site of Hitler’s bunker, marked by a small sign in a nondescript parking lot next to the newly opened Mall of Berlin.
For our last meal in Germany, the students were allowed to wander in groups through our now-familiar neighborhood and gorge themselves one last time: Italian for the girls, street meat and donuts for the guys.
All are now packing, readying themselves for a pre-6 AM wake up and the beginning of a train/bus plane ride back to Atlanta. It’s been a great trip, made even greater by Mr Hornor’s amazing navigational skills and vast knowledge of German and art history. Tschüss!