Travel to Berlin and Potsdam

If you are travelling to Berlin or Potsdam, you will naturally want to visit the Villa featured in Katie Hafner's book The House at the Bridge: A Story of Modern Germany.

How to find "The House at the Bridge"

The Villa is within a few meters of the Glienicke Bridge. To get to the bridge, travel to the Wannsee S-Bahn station. From there you can take the A116 bus right down Königin strasse to the bridge.

Where to Stay

See our hotel links on the Berlin Travel section of the Links to Related Sites page.

Other places to visit in Potsdam and Berlin

Babelsberg Castle

Glienicke Castle

Dutch quarter

Sans Souci


Pfauen Insel

Berlin Wall museum

Travel Tips for Berlin and Potsdam

Leave your car at home...

... and don't rent one. The rules of the road are different in Germany, many Berlin streets are cobblestoned and narrow and German drivers are often aggressive. Even if you are a Boston driver, the traffic can be quite intimidating. You haven't lived until you are passed on a rainy, cobblestoned city street. Finding a place to park your car can also be challenging.

So, take public transportation and arrive relaxed.

Use public transportation

Between the U-Bahn, S-Bahn and buses, you can get almost anywhere in Berlin on public transportation.

There are several very attractive ticket options which allow you to travel all day on one ticket on any of the U-Bahn, S-Bahn and buses.

Eat a currywurst

Near many U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations, you will see a "Schnell Imbiss" sign (fast food.) A Berlin specialty is the currywurst. A currywurst is a Berliner bockwurst smothered in a tomato/curry sauce. The perfect snack for the hungry daytripper. Currywurst recipés

Brush up on your German

Although many Berliners know English, sometimes they can be shy about actually speaking English. It is all too easy to find yourself in a situation where no one speaks English and you forget the phrase you need to get what you want.

Even if they do speak English, the Berliners will appreciate your effort to speak German.

The best way to brush up is to use cassette tapes to hear spoken German phrases. If you listen to the tape in your car, you can repeat the phrases without fear of embarrassment (assuming you are the only one in the car.)

Articles on Travel to Potsdam

Read about Potsdam's Palaces in an article by Ann Hattes.

Ann also wrote about travel to Potsdam and Berlin in A Grand Old Duo.

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