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Potsdam by Boat: Island Cruise

1. 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: City and Castles Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

Potsdam: Palace Tour by Boat

4. 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. 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.              

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

5. 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

Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

6. 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.

Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

7. Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

See Sanssouci Palace, the Dutch Quarter, Glienicke Bridge and more with a flexible bus tour past all the key Potsdam sights. Begin your discovery of this fascinating city at either Central Station or one of 16 convenient hop-on hop-off points. Settle into a seat on the top deck and enjoy informative audio commentary via your personal headphones. Enjoy the full 100-minute round trip in one go, or jump on and off throughout the day; the choice is yours. Either way you'll discover famous sites like the Neues Palais and Cecilienhof. Come and go from the bus as you like. Walk in the tranquil gardens of Sanssouci Park, or hit the stores on Potsdam's shopping mile.

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

8. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

On your beautiful tour of Sanssouci, stroll 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. After meeting at Kurfürstendamm, take a short bus ride and arrive in Potsdam for a guided tour of the city. Your guide will show you all of the city's best sights, and they're sure to tell you a fascinating story or two. Stroll through the Dutch Quarter to admire its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. The highlight of this tour is, of course, the visit to Sanssouci Palace. A walk through its beautiful park grounds, passing by magnificent Chinese teahouse or the New Palace, are sure to inspire.

Potsdam: Neuer Friedhof Cemetery Smartphone Mystery Crime

9. Potsdam: Neuer Friedhof Cemetery Smartphone Mystery Crime

Go on a mysterious adventure across Neuer Friedhof cemetery with this smartphone mystery game. Step into the shoes of a paranormal investigator hired to solve the mystery behind a series of strange symbols that have appeared in a local family's house. And the only ones who can help you are the dead. Start your search at the cemetery and investigate ancient graves, haunting statues, and impressive monuments and crypts. At each location, face a different puzzle, which you can solve with careful examination of the gravesides. If you are successful, you'll learn the translation of an occult symbol. Piece by piece, decipher the hidden message and uncover the dark mystery. Tackle the riddles alone or in small groups of up to 3 people. Choose to use one smartphone for all 3 of you, or split the game up into 3 roles that each require a separate smartphone. You can also play the game simultaneously with multiple teams, up to 15 people in total. As you play, you'll find the diary entries that reveal the story behind the famed lengua muerta — the language of the dead. At the end, it's up to you to choose what to do with this knowledge.

Potsdam: Nightly Impressions of the Castle by Boat

10. Potsdam: Nightly Impressions of the Castle by Boat

Let yourself be enchanted and enjoy Potsdam's splendidly staged palace and park landscape. Admire the unique brilliance of the lights, which will illuminate the castles, buildings and churches on the banks of the Havel river this weekend. Look forward to a glass of sparkling wine as a welcome drink and set sail for a three-hour-long parade. Be taken to the time of Frederick the Great and glide from the Port of Potsdam, past the royal gardens, into the evening sunset to arrive in Sacrow for the first highlight of the evening. Enjoy the classical brass concert in front of the church Heilandskirche, illuminated by torches, and then admire the majestically illuminated Hohenzollern castles and the dancing elves on the shores of Lake Jungfernsee. Experience the crowning finale with a baroque rain of fire from the Glienicke Bridge, which transforms the Havel into a romantic sea of lights.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

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I would recommend booking the tour during the week so the boat was pleasantly empty. You can get off at some stations, explore something there for an hour or two and just hop on the next boat (hop on hop off), that was great. The captain tells about some villas and what to see, the crew was very nice. The ride was nice and quiet and comfortable!

The buses are clean and on time. The drivers are all friendly and respectful. The materials are very useful; the audio commentaries and history lessons are well-thought of. Just follow the map and take note of the bus schedules and your good. Perfect for travelers!

It was beautiful and very punctual. We are English and speak German but with our English guests it was difficult to translate. It would have been better to have an English Audio available.

Our castle guide was just great! Charmingly funny ( for me as a native of Basel it was a pleasure ) and very competent. Our driver was great too. Best wishes to both E. RothCueni

A perfect guide! Der Reiseführer war sehr kompetent! Sehr interesting Tour.