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Baroque architecture, royal palaces, island beaches and punting on a network of quiet waterways are all within easy reach of Berlin

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Dresden

Twice destroyed and rebuilt, the baroque ‘jewel box’ city centre of the capital of Saxony is a perfect testament to man’s appetite for destruction and desire for renewal.

Dresden’s story is symbolised by the ornate 18th-century Frauenkirche – reduced to a heap of rubble in World War II, left as a warning by the Communists in the Cold War and rebuilt and reconsecrated in 2005, the blackened original stone standing out against the new masonry.

Don’t miss a riverside promenade along the Brühlsche Terrasse, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister art museum, and the pretty cobbled area north-east of Albertplatz, filled with independent shops and cafés.

More info: www.dresden.de

  1. Travel time: two hours

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Potsdam

Rolling landscapes, rivers and lakes characterise the landscape outside Berlin, making the drive to the capital of the state of Brandenburg an appealing one. Once there, immerse yourself in the architecture of the 18th-century baroque quarter, wander the old town, and explore Sanssouci, the landscaped park and summer palace created by Frederick the Great.

More info: www.potsdam-tourism.com

  1. Travel time: one hour

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Spreewald

The journey’s as lovely as the destination on the drive to Lübbenau and the Oberspreewald, set among 190 square miles of forests and meadows by the River Spree, criss-crossed with fliesse, over 300 natural and man-made channels. You can float along these in rented punts or take out a kayak, then stop in the forest for lunch, or try cycling, horse riding, walking and fishing.

More info: www.luebbenau-spreewald.com

  1. Travel time: one hour

Leipzig

Classical music lovers can pay homage to Johann Sebastian Bach at the Thomaskirche, where the composer spent 27 years as music director and is now buried. Literary types might prefer the pretty Alte Börse (Old Stock Exchange), fronted by a statue of Goethe, who studied at Leipzig University.

More info: www.leipzig.de

  1. Travel time: two hours

Rügen

With its white chalk cliffs, huge sweeps of sandy beaches and pretty beechwood forests, this large island on the Baltic coast makes a great day away from the city. The resorts on the east coast such as Binz, Sellin and Göhren can get busy in the summer, but there’s more than enough beach to go round.

More info: www.germany.travel/en

  1. Travel time: three hours

* Travel times are approximate

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