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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.

2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

2. 2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the idyllic Havel Lakes, the chain of lakes so rich in traditions that not just locals are drawn to them. Venture beyond Little Wannsee to Pohlesee, Stölpchensee, Griebnitzsee, Glienicker Lake and Jungfernsee, before returning to Wannsee. Relax with the whole family on the beach or enjoy a walk into the picturesque wilderness along Wannsee and Oberhavelsee. See where such famous personages as the painter Max Liebermann or the dramatist Heinrich von Kleist lived and worked and get to know the historic significance of the lakes. Discover the rich history of the regions southwest and north of Berlin from the water. Travel back in time at these historically-significant sites and experience the history anew. The tour takes place from Wannsee across the Havel to Potsdam. Enjoy the tours through the idyllic Havel Lakes and many historic buildings like the Babelsberg Palace or the Church of the Redeemer, Sacrow. See the fascinating island landscape in the north of Berlin. Valentinswerder, Baumwerder and Scharfenberg are just a few must-sees for nature-lovers. The tour operator's dock is located across from the Pfaueninsel. The island can be reached by ferry for a small fee. It is not possible to reserve outdoor seats.

Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

3. Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

This boat cruise takes you from Wannsee along the Havel River to Potsdam and back. Cruise through the palaces and gardens of Potsdam and Berlin, a UNESCO World Heritage region. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience Prussia’s history. The chain of lakes in and around Berlin attracts visitors from all over the world. Visitors can relax at one of the lidos or walk around the picturesque natural landscape that extends along Wannsee and the Oberhavel lakes. Discover the rich history of two regions near Berlin: the southwest and north. Famous personalities, such as the painter Max Liebermann or the playwright Heinrich von Kleist, lived and worked in Wannsee, making it a place of historical importance. The historical places give you the opportunity to go back in time and relive history. The cruise takes you from Wannsee to Kladow, passing by Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), Nikolskoe, and the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Continue on towards the Savior's Church, Cecilienhof Palace and its old dairy farm, and the Glienicke Bridge. Float by the Babelsberg Palace, Flatow Tower, Hans-Otto-Theater (Schiffbauergasse), "Freundschaftsinsel" (Friendship Island), and Potsdam/Lange Brücke before returning back to Wannsee.

Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

4. Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

Experience the beauty of historic Wannsee and its seven surrounding lakes, with your own private boat and captain. Begin your cruise on Tiefensee, with mesmerizing harbor views of historic Babelsberg Castle. Catch a glimpse of the luxurious villas hidden along the harbors of Griebnitzsee, known to host movie stars and celebrities.  Continue your route through the Stölpchensee, Pohlesee, Kleiner Wannsee, and Großer Wannsee, until arriving at Peacock Island, famous for its whimsical summer palace. A slight detour before your return will take you to Jungfernsee, home of the historic Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Agreement was signed in 1945.

Potsdam: Private Sanssouci Palace Walking Tour

5. Potsdam: Private Sanssouci Palace Walking Tour

Explore the charming city of Potsdam with its 1,000 years of history on a private guided walking tour. See the old town's sights and walk through the enchanting Sanssouci Palace's manicured gardens. Discover Potsdam's charming old town with the rebuilt City Palace and seat of the Brandenburg State Parliament, the enchanting Dutch Quarter, which will make you feel like you are in the Netherlands, and Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate. Listen to tales from your guide, learning about this small city. Then, stroll through the dreamlike park of Sanssouci Palace — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — with its delicate statues, rows of flowers, and enchanting buildings. Walk through history as you learn how the palace was built as a summer retreat in the 1700s.

Potsdam: Private Harbor and Castle Sightseeing Cruise

6. Potsdam: Private Harbor and Castle Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the beauty of historic Potsdam with your own private boat and captain. Begin your luxurious cruise with breathtaking harbor views of Babelsberg Palace, Flatow Tower, and the Damenhaus. Continue past the historic Glienicke Bridge and into Jungfernsee Lake, which opens up into a UNESCO World Heritage Site complete with lush gardens and towering castles. Your route continues as you sail towards Sacrower Heilandskirche, passing by Pfaueninsel and its whimsical castle and the New Garden's unique marble palace. Discover the historic Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Agreement was signed in 1945.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

7. Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

Enjoy the scenery of Potsdam from the northern city center. See parts of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site at Sanssouci Palace, once the summer home of the Prussian ruler Frederik the Great in traditional Rococo architectural design. Your tour guide will bring you from here to other anecdotal locations in the German city, including the famous Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) with its massive Classicist style dome, modeled after ancient Greek architecture, and completed in the 1830s. Any stop along the way will be dissected in its history and cultural significance in the city as your guide is a historical expert on this small town. Impressive facts and antidotes will lead you along your guided tour and give you precise knowledge of Potsdam.

Potsdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour of City Center & Palaces

8. Potsdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour of City Center & Palaces

Discover the best of Potsdam on a self-guided walking tour via your smartphone. Solve riddles and answer questions to learn more about each of the 21 different locations, including Museum Barberini, City Palace, and Friendship Island, while enjoying a tour at your own pace.  You will receive a link for the tour after the booking. Then start your adventure at Long Bridge, the oldest known inner-city Havel crossing. Continue to the city center, visiting Friendship Island and Havel Promenade, pausing at each location to solve a puzzle or learn more about the location. Then it's time to venture to Museum Barberini and into the stunning City Palace, once home to Prussian Kings and German Emperors. Pass through the Dutch Quarter to the Church of St. Peter and Paul and continue solving the prompts on your phone to piece together the lush history of Potsdam.

Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

9. 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.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Potsdam

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 686 reviews

From the online order to the execution of the 3-hour boat trip on the Wannsee, everything was perfect. If you use this portal, you will also save yourself the hassle of queuing at the shipping checkout.

Very pleasant boat ride, u teresting too if german is one of the languages you know, the guide was a balanced combination of humour and interesting info.

Die Tour ist interessant und erholsam. Der Kommentator sehr gut, informativ und humorvoll. Diese Tour ist weiter zu empfehlen.

Beautiful ship, good service (delicious iced coffee!), excellent explanation by the captain himself.

the Tour is in German, though very nice Trip through the lakes