If you’re looking for a day-trip from Berlin, Potsdam is a no-brainer: by train the journey takes less than half an hour from Berlin’s main station and costs just three euros. An almost absurd profusion of grandiose buildings and stunning landscaped gardens drenched in history await you. But after you’ve done the obvious highlights of Frederick the Great’s Sanssouci palace and the enormous Neues Palais, why not hire a bicycle and take a two-wheeled tour of some far-flung hidden gems in and around Potsdam?
Start at the Glienicke Bridge, once the front line of the Cold War where spies were exchanged across the Berlin Wall. Travel even further back in history as you circumnavigate the nearby lake, Heiliger See, on whose shores rests Schloss Cecilienhof, site of the post-war Potsdam Conference, the stately Marmorpalais and the small but perfectly-formed Gothic Library. See if you can find the pyramid decked with arcane runes which served as a pre-refrigeration storage unit for ice.