At the Former East-West Border Part 2

When you walk back from Potsdam you are greeted by the Schinkel designed Chateau Glienicke. We did not visit it but could gleem a lot from the outside.

The Lion-Fountain

The entrance to the Chateau

Another view of the entrance

From all this we were tired. Soon our bus arrived and we took it back to Wannsee station.

Entrance to Wannsee Station

After a quick train trip we were home again in our Tiergarten district and our multi story apartment building was greeting us through the autumn leaves.

At the Former East-West Border Part 1

Yesterday my wife showed some travel fatigue and was saying it was time we would heading home to Australia again. I thought it was time for an outing. The city of Berlin is surrounded by beautiful forests, rivers and lakes like no other city.

The River Havel

Just take the electric train ( S-Bahn ) and or a bus and head out in any direction. We were heading West to Glienicker Brücke.

Glienicker Brücke forms the border between Berlin and the city of Potsdam and was formerly the border between the two power blocks during the Cold War. Here, as you may have seen in movies or documentaries prisoners or spies were exchanged between the super powers.

Glienicker Brücke as seen from former West-Berlin

The East-Germans called the bridge the “Bridge of Unity”. It was anything but.

This marks the old border between the power blocks

We strolled across the bridge, made famous in the German film “Under the Bridges”. It was the last film made during the war in 1945. Now tourists came on foot, as we did, or by sightseeing buses.

On the other side Potsdam awaits us. It is the capital of the State of Brandenburg. Potsdam is worth a visit on its own. And we will probably do it later on.

My wife Uta felt she needed a cup of coffee. I encouraged her to walk a little bit more and we would find something. And we did. An old petrol station converted into a French Café, very suitably named “GARAGE du PONT”.

What a cool French place, with some old timer cars in front of it. We definitely saved ourselves a trip to France.

French cars out of a French Gangster movie from the fifties

Inside awaited us an impressive decor and some beautiful cakes.

Of course, we couldn’t resist the the apple and the cheese cake. We felt like “dear God in France”, as the German saying goes. We ordered a grappa for me and an amaretto for Uta too. And this is how it all looked.

Yummy

After a while, refreshed and in a jovial mood, we headed back to Berlin again. The paradox of the situation was, that geographically we went East, but politically it would have been West 23 years ago. Autumn has arrived and the leaves on the trees are starting to change their colours.

Back on the other side on can see Potsdam in the distance across Stölpchensee.