Location: Wannsee, Berlin
Discover the leafy suburb Wannsee, which is named after the two lakes Großer Wannsee and Kleiner Wannsee, on the banks of which many beautiful villas of the rich and famous are built. This Western suburb earned its fame as the number one spot for swimming and water sports in Berlin.
Visit the Strandbad Wannsee – an open air swimming pool – with the longest inland beach in Europe.
To some, Wannsee is better known for the infamous Wannsee Conference, held in 1942, where Nazi leaders planned the deportation of Jews as cheap labour or for extermination.
In Wannsee, the famous German writer, Heinrich von Kleist, committed suicide in 1811, together with his lover, Henriette Vogel. The painter Max Liebermann, head of the Berliner Secession, had a summer house built here in 1909.
[Image of villa, location of Wannsee Conference: Adam Carr on Wikimedia]