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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.

Potsdam by Boat: Island Cruise

2. Potsdam by Boat: Island Cruise

On this boat trip, enjoy the beauty of the river landscape around Potsdam with its Havel lakes and picturesque villages surrounded by great scenery. Hop on board, lean back and drive through the village of Caputh, the fishing and vine town of Werder, and pass the Sacrow–Paretz Canal in the north of Potsdam as well as the buildings, castles and manor houses of the Hohenzollerns on the banks of the Havel. See the impressive Caputh Castle, the Marble Palace or Cecilienhof Palace in the New Garden. Cruise past Glienicke park with its casino built by Schinkel, and discover Babelsberg Castle near the river. Finally, your journey takes you to famous Glienicke Bridge. Enjoy the unique panoramic view of Brandenburg's capital.

Potsdam: Biosphäre Potsdam Entry Ticket

3. Potsdam: Biosphäre Potsdam Entry Ticket

Get entry tickets to the Biosphäre, an indoor tropical botanical garden located in the Volkspark Potsdam. Experience the jungle landscape with over 20,000 beautiful plants and many exotic animals. Begin your journey at the waterfall and continue on intertwined paths to the butterfly house and all the way to the high trail up in the treetops. Witness an hourly thunderstorm with thunder and lightning. Discover colorful orchids, climbing plants, and vines, along with cocoa and coffee plants. See free-flying birds, terrariums with insects and reptiles, bird aviaries, and an underwater world. Experience the magic of the Butterfly House as big, colorful, fluorescent, and camouflaged butterflies float above you.   In the Aquasphere, experience the sea in a whole new way. Wander through the mangroves and dive into the mystical deep sea. It is shaped by darkness, but also by the illuminating colorfulness of the deep sea fish. 

Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

4. Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

The Berlin WelcomeCard, available as a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6-day option, offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in fare zones Berlin ABC and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50% with many participating partners. Whether you're taking a city tour or visiting a museum, theater, or restaurant, when you use the Berlin WelcomeCard, you can see all Berlin has to offer at an amazing price. You'll also receive a pocket-size travel guide with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips. Each WelcomeCard includes free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old. Children under the age of 6 generally travel for free. Enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions: • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Bike tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Museums • Theater/stage performances • Palaces • Restaurants & bars  • Shopping & souvenirs • Fun, sport & relax Visit sights and attractions, such as the following: • AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin • Berlin Dungeon • Olympiastadion Berlin (Olympic Stadium) • Berlin Dom  • German Spy Museum • Madame Tussauds Berlin • Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin • Tierpark Berlin • Anne Frank Center • Charlottenburg Palace • Comedy tour Berlin • German Opera • Friedrichstadt-Palast • TimeRide Berlin • TV Tower • Botanical Garden • German Historical Museum, German Museum of Technology • Asisi Panorama „Die Mauer“ • Panoramapunkt • DDR Museum • Fork & Walk Tours Berlin • and many more! And of course, you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Berlin: • Brandenburg Gate & Unter den Linden • Reichstag & German Parliament (pre-booking required) • Checkpoint Charlie • East Side Gallery • Gendarmenmarkt • Kurfürstendamm • Potsdamer Platz & Alexanderplatz • Berlin Wall Memorial

Potsdam: Palace Tour by Boat

5. Potsdam: Palace Tour by Boat

Discover Potsdam from the water and admire the wonderful parks and palaces of the Hohenzollern Dynasty. See the most beautiful sights from the water in just 90 minutes in the morning or the afternoon. Cruise by Babelsberg Park with its imposing palace, see the Flatow Tower and the Hofdamenhaus, then pass under the historically-significant Glienicke Bridge to Jungfernsee. Ride along the former border between east and west and get a glimpse of the impressive palaces and gardens. See the Church of the Redeemer, Sacrow and discover the fairytale castle on Pfaueninsel. Further high points of the tour include the New Garden with its marble palace and the Cecilienhof Palace, where history was made in 1945 with the signing of the Potsdam Agreement.              

Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

6. Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

The Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island allows you to see more of Berlin for less. This is your ticket to the main attractions of the German capital with many tourist highlights, including sightseeing tours, attractions, theaters, restaurants and more, offering discounts of up to 50%. A complimentary guidebook is also included, helping you to make the most of your stay with tour suggestions and handy insider tips. Opt for free transport within zones A and B (Berlin) or A, B, and C (covering Berlin and Potsdam) when you select your Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island option. Located in the city center on an island in the Spree River, Berlin’s Museum Island boasts a complex of 5 internationally acclaimed museums: the Pergamon Museum, the Old Museum, New Museum, Old National Gallery and Bode Museum. Together they form a world-famous and unique architectural ensemble, which was declared a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1999. With this ticket, you will have free access to them all (one visit per day per museum). See the antique collections of Berlin’s State Museums at the Old Museum and go back to Ancient Egypt at the New Museum. The Bode Museum houses Byzantine art and Oriental sculptures, while at the Pergamon Museum you can see splendid examples of Islamic art.

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

7. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

Acquire deeper knowledge of World War II history and understand the cruelty of the crimes committed against the victims of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp with a guided visit. Afterward, explore the ancient Slavic town of Postdam and its royal palaces and gardens. Board your bus at the TV tower at Alexanderplatz and begin your drive to the first stop. Meet your Sachsenhausen Memorial guide and enter the camp to understand the dimensions of the cruelty that took place there. Learn about how jobs were distributed and how the camp was run. After your visit, set off towards Potsdam. Hear the story of how it went from being a Slavic town to becoming a royal residence. See the palaces and gardens where the royal families and their courts ruled and walked. Take a guided walk and enjoy some free time to discover the area on your own.

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

8. 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

From Berlin: Private Tour of Potsdam with a Guide

9. From Berlin: Private Tour of Potsdam with a Guide

Enjoy a private tour to the heart of Potsdam from berlin with a guide. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanssouci Palace, gardens, Bridge of Spies, and more on a half-day tour. After being picked up from the hotel in Berlin, drive to the border of Wannsee and Potsdam. You will cross the Glienicke Brücke, known as the Bridge of Spies where the US and Soviet Union swapped captured agents during the Cold War. Continue to the New Gardens to see the Marble Palace across the Heiliger See lake and the Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the Potsdam Conference where the Cold War began. Your expert guide will provide an in-depth commentary throughout the tour. From Cecilienhof, you will move to Potsdam’s downtown. Enter the historical center of Potsdam through the gothic-revivalist Nauen Gate, proceeding on foot through the picturesque Dutch Quarter to Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate. Next, step into the famous Sanssouci Gardens, the monumental Neue Palais, and then to the Sanssouci Palace, the iconic summer residence of Frederick the Great. Delve deeper into the gardens on foot, visiting the Chinese House, the Roman Baths, and the Orangerie. There will be several short breaks during the tour for refreshments. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Berlin, accompanied by your guide.

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

10. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

Explore the Sanssouci Palace and Park on this guided day trip. Travel by climate-controlled bus and take in the top sights in Potsdam. Admire the Dutch Quarter and stroll thorugh Sanssouci Palace and Park. Board the comfortable in Berlin's central Kurfürstendamm district and take a short drive to Potsdam. Begin your tour of Potsdam's sights and listen as your guide share's fascinating stories. Walk through the Dutch Quarter to see its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. Head to Sanssouci and go past the grand buildings that were once the center point of Prussia's imperial grandeur.  Take in the stunning gardens of Friedrich II's legendary Sanssouci Palace, and experience a true piece of history. Go by the Chinese teahouse and the New Palace. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

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It is fantastic to have the travel card and to just get on and off public transport without worrying about buying a ticket first. You just carry the ticket with you at all times. Although we never had to show it peace of mind knowing you have it and didn’t get on a train and forget to get a ticket as transport system in Berlin is so efficient.

We always use the Berlin card for travel and discount, used to get discount for admission to the zoo but not anymore this was a disappointment but we still visited the zoo anyway. And the travel system around Berlin is amazing and well worth every penny.

Really easy to move around in Berlin however I don’t see any officers checking for the pass. Some may not even have bought it.

Having the card did greatly help to get around without worrying about paying for tickets .. very convenient

Great if you will be in Berlin for a few days. The public transport is super easy to use.