Written by: Brad Parker and Robert Opara (MBA Candidates)
May 8, 2016
Guten Tag from Berlin!
Today we enjoyed a well-deserved free day to enjoy the sights of the historic city of Berlin. The beautiful weather continued, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for our day off. Several students visited a nearby concentration camp while others took in some of the sights in the Tiergarten area in central Berlin. This area included stops at monuments such as the Victory Column (Siegessäule) built in 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, the Brandenburg Gate, the Soviet War Memorial, the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism.
While most of the group went their separate ways Eddie was off to tour some of Berlin’s surrounding areas including the city of Potsdam, where the Potsdam Agreement was signed between the Allies of World War II for the military occupation of Germany.
After a quick train ride from Berlin to Potsdam, the day began in the beautiful gardens of Schloss Sansouci, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Lunch was held near Potsdam’s mini Brandenburg Gate, which is not to be confused with the larger gate in Berlin! The afternoon consisted of a wonderful river cruise where Eddie enjoyed seeing some of the palaces lining the riverbanks, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peacock Island.
The day ended with a nice dinner at Maximilian’s Bavarian Restaurant on Friederichstrasse in Berlin, where Eddie enjoyed some traditional Bavarian Cuisine before calling it a night and getting ready for another full day of culture and world travel tomorrow!