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City Palace, Potsdam

City Palace, Potsdam: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

2. 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. 

Potsdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour of City Center

3. Potsdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour of City Center

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.

Potsdam: Private Potsdam Walking Tour

4. Potsdam: Private Potsdam 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.

Berlin: Potsdam - Kings, Gardens & Palaces 6-Hour Tour

5. Berlin: Potsdam - Kings, Gardens & Palaces 6-Hour Tour

Join this tour for an adventure through the fairy tale gardens, lakes and palaces of the Prussian Kings, German Emperors and Soviet Commissars of Potsdam. Located just 20 minutes away from Berlin, the city is a World Heritage Site and it is no small wonder. Not only is it incredibly picturesque with many manicured gardens, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres and various palaces, but it is brimming with an equally fascinating history. You will visit the manorial residence of Germany's last Kaiser, Wilhelm¬ II, used by Churchill, Truman and Stalin during the Potsdam Conference. Discover the conversations that sealed the fate of Cold War Europe for the next half century. Ride through the Dutch Quarter, built up by the infamous "Soldier King", known for the giant men he collected for his showcase military regiments. Continue to the stunning Sancoussi Palace of Frederick the Great and see his final resting place Discover the forbidden town used by the Soviet Secret Service until 1994, the ruins of a KGB jail and the Glienick Bridge, used by the CIA and KGB for spy swaps, including U2 Spy Plane pilot Gary Powers. See where the ceremonial handshake between President Paul von Hindenburg and the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler took place on the 21st March 1933 in Potsdam's Garnisonkirche (Garrison Church), symbolizing a coalition of the military and Nazism. Visit the mammoth New Palace, with over 200 rooms and 400 statues, built to celebrate the end of the Seven Years' War, in which Prussia ousted Austria from its centuries-long role as the dominant power in German affairs. See the Roman Baths, the Chinese Tea House and more. But it is not all history. You will need refreshing; so we will visit a fantastic local Biergarten midway for a light lunch and a cold drink! Cheers!

From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

6. From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

Climb aboard the comfortable VW bus and discover Potsdam, the stronghold of the Hohenzollern for almost 300 years. Admire the fascinating cultural landscape, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprised of almost 20 palaces and extensive park grounds surrounding Baroque architecture. See the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace and head along Königsstraße to the first park in the cultural landscape of Potsdam: Park Babelsberg. Here you will make your first stop before continuing on across the Glienicke Bridge and the Berlin suburb to the old market square with St. Nicholas’ Church, the old town hall, and the new parliament building, modeled closely on the old city palace. Drive through the Dutch Quarter to Bornstedt Crown Estate, where you can stroll towards Park Sanssouci. The first stop there is at the palace of the same name with its fascinating Baroque garden. Depending on the time and your interests, you can explore further attractions in the park including the Marly Garden of the soldier king, the Church of Peace, and Charlottenhof Palace by Frederick William IV, the New Palace, and the gallery of Frederick the Great. Drive in the VW bus through the Russian colony Alexandrowka and the “Forbidden City”, the European headquarters of the KGB during the Cold War, to the New Garden, where you will find the Marble Palace and Cecilienhof Palace. From the nearby Belvedere on the Pfingstberg you will have a fantastic view of Potsdam and its highlights.

Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

7. Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

Discover the different facets of the small but historically important city of Potsdam. The city is not only a Prussian residence and Garrison Town, but is also one of the birthplaces of European cinema and gained great importance in the 20th century. Explore the city and learn about its past on board of a modern Soviet vintage minibus. Departing from Potsdam Central Station or your hotel, head towards the famous film studio Babelsberg. Visit the historic site of the Potsdam Conference, Cecilienhof Palace. Next door at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Square, visit the former villas of the historic figures Truman, Churchill, and Stalin. Then, head to the world-famous Glienicke Bridge, aka Bridge of Spies, which was used for agent exchange and features in the Hollywood movie of the same name. Continue the tour and pass by the former Soviet KGB district, for decades a "forbidden city" in the center of Potsdam. Then, stroll along the Russian colony of Alexandrowka before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Park Sanssouci, the favorite residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great. Visit the stunning New Palace, a symbol for the rise of Prussia to a European power. Find out about the significance of the palace in regards to World War I. Next, stop at the “Rechenzentrum” Potsdam, a cultural center in a GDR building with a 70-meter-long mosaic depicting motifs of the space race. Right next to it is the controversial construction site of the Garrison Church. Your final stop will be at the Old Market, the historic center of the city. Marvel at the fascinating architecture of the St. Nicholas Church, the City Palace, the Old Town Hall, and the Barberini Palace before returning to the meeting point where your tour ends.

Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

8. Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

Start the tour at the main entrance of the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz. From there, take the train to Potsdam. Once there, you will leisurely explore the various palaces and gardens of Potsdam and Sanssouci, covering about 10 miles (16km) in roughly 4.5 hours. Explore the Prussian palace complex of Sanssouci, home to the famous Orangerie, two palaces, as well as many beautiful gardens, parks, and buildings. Then make your way through Potsdam’s historic center, including the Dutch Quarter and Potsdam’s own Brandenburg Gate. In the New Gardens, see the fantastic Marble Palace, before going to Cecilienhof, where Truman, Stalin, and Churchill concluded the Potsdam Agreement. Finally, explore the area’s extensive Cold War history with a visit to the no-man’s land between West Berlin and East Germany and over the Glienicke Bridge where Cold War spy exchanges routinely took place.

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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A beautiful tour that is packed with information. Great for history lovers. It took us 2.5 hours including two stops. It would certainly have gone longer if we had taken the shops with us to go shopping in the Holland Quarter ;) The contact with support was very nice and courteous. Suggestion for improvement: at the beginning of the tour, a map with the entire route should be stored so that at least the guide knows how to walk the route. But you can also do without.

Jim was our guide and was very proffessional. His explainations were profond and full, his knowledge is very large and the items were very interesting. We enjoy the tour very much !! Thank you and please thank Jim for this lovely day.

We knew it would be cold so the minivan was perfect. Holgar took us all over and filled us with history, insights and anecdotes. It’s his own vintage Soviet ATV and his own business. Check out BerlinsTaiga.De Highly recommended

Our guide Maria filled the tour with many fun facts on top of the detailed historical description of events and made it a pleasant day.

A beautiful day, seen and walked a lot, with an excellent guide (Jorg). Only wished we had longer time for lunch.