In 1929 Einstein bought a property in Caputh which is some 40 miles South of Berlin. A young architect (Konrad Wachsmann) fulfilled his wish of a wooden house, functional, yet cozy. It was finished in record time and the family (Einstein, his wife and her two daughters) moved in later that year. He spent three wonderful summers there, picking fruit from the orchard, working, sailing in the nearby lake (even though he could not swim), and of course entertaining many guests, among them Otto Hahn, Heinrich Mann, Käthe Kollwitz, and Max Planck. In 1933, after Hitler’s rise to power, he did not return to Germany. His house was turned into a Jewish Children’s home, but later it was temporarily used by the Wehrmacht. Today, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem owns the majority of the estate. The house can be visited, and surprisingly, much of the interior is still original. There are guided tours in German and in English. Also while you’re in Caputh, you may want to visit the Caputh Castle, built in 1662!