If you were searching for a hotel in the town of Glienicke (Nordbahn) it would give you about a bazillion in the big city chick Berlin. That’s how close Glienicke is to the capital city!
That’s not fair to Glienicke, though. While this might be just a small working class town of less than 10,000 folks; it still deserves to be recognized in its own right.
I mean, don’t get me wrong — sure, it’s NICE to be this close to Berlin. OK, maybe not 20 years ago when the town was separated from West Berlin by the infamous Berlin Wall. But, the wall is gone (oh Lord, fortunately!) and everyone is free to move about as they wish.
Remnants of the wall can be found at an area known as the Kindelfließ (in the south of town).
While Berlin is a bustling metropolitan city, Glienicke is a much calmer destination. It can even be downright romantic — if you don’t believe me, just take a walk around the Village Pond at night. If you’re looking for a quiet dark corner to sneak a kiss from your sweetheart, this is the place to do it. ;-)
After stealing a kiss and before rushing to Berlin to see its museums and sites, you’re not quite done in Glienicke. The Village Church, located on Hauptstraße (and close to the modern Rathaus), is a nice stop. But, I personally like the Friedhofkapelle (that would be the Cemetery Chapel) a little better though. Its exterior gold color with red tiles and stone foundations don’t clash with the countryside. Somehow, it just works beautifully.
Thanks for mentioning countryside! ;-) Another way to see Glienicke is out on the golf course, tennis courts, and children’s playgrounds. It might not sound like much, but when looking to escape the madness and chaos of the big city — you’ll appreciate it.
I also can’t forget about the half-timbered old farmhouse, that’s now a community center (located on Moskauer Straße). Besides making a great a photo-op, it’s also a great place to get to know the residents. Ask them why they prefer Glienicke over Berlin… ;-)