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Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

1. Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

Experience the beautiful sights and impressive castles of Potsdam on this interesting and entertaining city tour on the trail of "Old Fritz" (Frederick II). Drive through Potsdam's inner city and through the Dutch Quarter to the Glienicker Bridge. Learn more about the "Forbidden City" and walk around the Cecilienhof Castle. Visit Alexandrowka, the colony of traditional Russian wooden houses known as "Little Siberia." Finally, discover the famous terraces of Sanssouci as well as the grave of Frederick II. Walk past beautiful gardens and admire the biggest palace in Potsdam before spending the afternoon as you wish.

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Potsdam: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

2. Potsdam: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Germany with a 1-day ticket to the hop-on and hop-off bus in Potsdam, capital of the state of Brandenburg. You can jump off at any of the 12 stops along the route, and with buses every 30 minutes (1 hour in winter) discover the shops and stylish alleyways surrounding Brandenburger Strasse and the famous Dutch Quarter. Hop off at Schloss Sanssouci Palace, Friedrich the Great's amazing 18th-Century palace, reminiscent of the grandeur of Versailles, and stroll through the magnificent 600-acre park. Walk through richly furnished chambers, and step out onto flowery terraces and beautiful gardens. Or visit the Raphael Room at The Orangerie, home to dozens of Raphael copies. A full tour lasts 105 minutes and includes entertaining commentary from a live guide. Alternatively, hop-off within a 1-day period at any of the following stops: 1. Luisenplatz 2. Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) 3. Filmmuseum 4. Dutch Quarter 5. Glienicker Brucke 6. Marble Palace 7. Cecilienhof 8. Alexandrowka 9. New Palais 10. Orangerie 11. Sanssouci 12. Grand Obelisk

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Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

3. Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

Start your Potsdam sightseeing adventure from the comfort of your accommodation in Berlin. Here, your driver will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet you and your group will hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and set off to Potsdam.  Enjoy the luxury of a schedule that can be completely customized to your needs. You also have the ability to combine your 4-hour Potsdam tour with a Berlin city tour. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will ride in a business class vehicle, equipped with air-conditioning and a microphone, allowing you to learn from your professional and informative driver. When traveling through Potsdam, you'll can see the following sites: Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace, Glienicke Bridge, Palace and Park Sanssouci, New Palace, Orangerieschloss, New Chambers, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Dutch Quarter and the Potsdam old city center. You will also have the chance to stop at some of these sites and enter the premises. Finish your tour with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Berlin and enjoy an evening of rest after a day of adventure. 

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Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

4. Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the fairytale charm of Potsdam and see some of its stunning attractions with a local guide. Time flies as you walk along the picturesque streets of this city. See the magnificent Sanssouci Palace, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Take a stroll inside Park Sanssouci, a large lush park surrounding the palace and graced with decorative features like the Temple of Friendship and the Great Fountain. Hear fascinating stories about the history behind the city and get your guide's recommendations on how to best spend time in Potsdam.

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From Berlin: Private Potsdam Half-Day Tour

5. From Berlin: Private Potsdam Half-Day Tour

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a guided walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

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Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

6. Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

In the summer of 1945, the Cecilienhof Palace and the surrounding "Neuer Garten" park were closed to the public for the Potsdam Conference. The most powerful heads of state in the world came to Potsdam: Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill. The conference was an end to World War II, but also the starting point of the Cold War. For almost five decades, the Soviet military town No. 7, a “forbidden city”, was located next to the New Garden park. It was one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets during the Cold War. Here were, among other things, the German headquarters of the military counterintelligence of the KGB and a remand prison. On the tour you will learn more about the work and life in this forbidden city. Finally, head to the Glienicke Bridge that became world famous as the "Bridge of Spies" where the 2015 Hollywood film of the same name was shot. During the Cold War, agents were exchanged between East and West because the bridge was the border between the GDR and the American sector in West Berlin.

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From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

7. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a guided walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

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Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

8. Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour guided walk in Babelsberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour offers visitors an insight into the turbulent history of this dreamlike parkland. Learn about the dramatic era in which Babelsberg Park was created and the role it played at the end of WWII. In 1961 it was divided by the Berlin Wall and the history of the park is closely linked to escape attempts across the Iron Curtain. From the Babelsberg Palace, take in stunning views of the Bridge of Spies, a symbol of the Cold War. Today the bridge connects Potsdam, the former capital of the greatest GDR district with the former West Berlin. After an easy 2-kilometer walk, return to the starting point.

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From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

9. From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Potsdam, including round-trip transfers from Berlin and a guide and driver exclusive to you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by private vehicle and drive through the lakeland borough of Wannsee en route to Schloss Glienicke and the Glienicke Bridge, site of spy swaps during the Cold War. Continue to Potsdam for a tour of the town that served as the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern for 3 centuries. Marvel at the majestic castle of Babelsberg. Visit New Garden, home to the Marble Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof. Admire the lakeside Marble Palace and learn about the Potsdam Conference that took place at Schloss Cecilienhof, when the leaders of the United States of America, Britain, and the Soviet Union decided the future of Germany after World War 2. Next, go to the Russian colony of Alexandrowka and see 13 wooden houses built in the 1800s for the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. Continue into downtown Potsdam for lunch (own expense). Then, see historic sights such as St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. Admire Potsdam City Palace, partially reconstructed in late 2013 and now home to the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg. End with a look at the Rococo architecture of Sanssouci Palace, built during the reign of Frederick the Great. As a private tour, you can choose the attractions that most interest you, and enjoy the full attention of your guide at all times. Palace opening times vary according to the day of the week, so your choice of palace will depend on the day of your tour. For example, tours can include Neue Kammern or Neues Palais (where Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in 1914) at Sanssouci Park instead of Sanssouci Palace.

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From Berlin: Historical Gems of Potsdam Private Day Trip

10. From Berlin: Historical Gems of Potsdam Private Day Trip

Take a trip back in time to the city of Potsdam, once home to Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, and discover intriguing stories along with historical treasures. On this this private day tour, enjoy a fascinating storytelling journey exploring wars, alliances, arts, and sciences, as well as historical woes and obsessions. Hear about the Prussian dynasty and how it shaped Germany's future in the times of the First and Second Reich while admiring beautiful Rococo and Baroque architecture. Retrace history and see highlights like the Long Bridge and the Alter Markt (Old Market). Find out how the first Prussian King positioned Prussia within the Holy Roman Empire. Wander the streets and admire the architectural gems of the city as you explore Germany's royal past.  A 15-minute bus ride takes you to the famous New Palace, while a stroll through the famous Sansoucci Park will lead you to the magnificent main residence, built by the most celebrated king of Prussia. With the help of your guide, imagine how it felt to live in Potsdam centuries ago.

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Frequently asked questions about Potsdam

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Planning Your Visit

  • How long do I need?

    Many visit Potsdam as a day trip from Berlin, but it’s really a destination in its own right. Leave two to three days to get a real sense of the place.

  • How do I get there?

    Berlin Tegel Airport is the nearest international option, and transfers take under an hour. Trains from Berlin Hauptbahnhof take under half an hour and leave around every 30 minutes. The S-Bahn also travels to Potsdam (zone C).

  • How should I get around?

    Many visitors choose to explore the city using bikes, which can be rented throughout the city. You can also explore by boat, taking in great views from the water.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Late spring/early summer is best for a visit when the days are long, the parks are green and the temperatures are mild so that you can walk, bike or boat your way around.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,289 reviews

This is a great tour of the best sites in Potsdam! Most of the time is spent on the bus which is great for winter/bad weather, with the chance to walk around the main sites with a tour or on your own. If you book the tour for a language other than German, you can listen to the foreign language audio guide in the bus.

A great tour that dove into the history of the area in relation to the Cold War. Our guide was very knowledgeable, as he grew up in the area, and could give us personal insight. Would definitely recommend.

Steve was an amazing tour guide and we had so much fun. He was very informative and even found us food with most of the shops closed. Thank you Steve

Wonderful tour guide, very interesting and informative tour, entertaining and fun

Very interesting city tour with a very well informed city guide. Gladly again.