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Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

1. Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potsdam on this exciting tour from Berlin. Visit the “Military Town No. 7,” also known as the “forbidden city.” See the last vestiges of the Soviet occupation and discover interesting facts about the history of this place. Explore the remand prison of the Soviet Military Counterintelligence at Leistikowstraße 1, the epitome of torture and torment for thousands of Germans and Soviet military personnel, now a memorial and meeting place. Explore the somewhat remote Bornstedt Cemetery, a place filled with mystery, secrets, and history. See burial vaults, family graves, and private cemetery sections of famous personalities. Cross over the Glienicke Bridge and the Berlin suburbs to the Old Market Square with St. Nicholas' Church, the Old Town Hall, and the new state parliament. Then, drive through the Dutch Quarter to reach the Bornstedt Crown Estate, from where you’ll walk towards Sanssouci Park. Other highlights include the Russian colony Alexandrowka, the New Garden, the Marble Palace, and Cecilienhof Palace. At the end of the tour you can enjoy the view from Belvedere on the Pfingstberg.

From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

2. 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.

Babelsberg Film Studio 5-Hour Bus Tour from Berlin

3. Babelsberg Film Studio 5-Hour Bus Tour from Berlin

Climb aboard the comfortable VW bus and visit the Babelsberg Film Studio, where classic movies such as The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich and Metropolis by Fritz Lang were created. Other movies that were made here include Der kleine Muck, German box-office hits such as Leander Haußmann’s Sonnenallee, and international cinema productions such as Inglorious Basterds, The Pianist, and Cloud Atlas. You’ll pass by the former film quarter of Friedrichstraße/Chausseestraße as well as the movie set of Valkyrie to reach Potsdamer Platz. At the Sony Center you can see the “Boulevard of Stars” and the venue for the Berlinale film festival. You’ll then walk to the magnificent villas in Neu-Babelsberg, where the stars have turned their dream villas into reality. Many other affluent people from business and politics also live in this exclusive area.

Great Moments in Aviation: 5-Hour Tour in Berlin

4. Great Moments in Aviation: 5-Hour Tour in Berlin

The German capital has always attracted aviation pioneers and companies such as Otto Lilienthal, Hans Grade, Manfred von Richthofen, Melli Beese, Rumpler, Fokker, and Lufthansa, which was founded in Hotel Kaiserhof in 1926. Start the tour at Köpenicker Straße 113, where Dampfkessel- und Maschinenfabrik Otto Lilienthal was located. Lilienthal is known as an aviation pioneer but he was above all an entrepreneur and engineer, a true Jack of all trades. On the former Johannisthal Airfield you will find widely scattered buildings from different development periods of the area, all with an interesting story to tell. All major aircraft manufacturers were represented by their companies here but it was the Wright brothers who first settled here in 1910. The German Laboratory for Aviation made Johannisthal a location for science – the large wind tunnel, the Trudelturm, and the engine dynamometer are all from the 1930s. The tour continues to the aerodrome in Potsdam, where you will discover the period of aviation history before the First World War, when Zeppelins were still superior to aircraft. Admire the huge entrance gate from 1910, which was used by passengers who had booked a Zeppelin flight. You will then explore the remains of the military air base in Döberitz. Here the “Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen, Max Immelmann, and Oswald Boelke learned their craft. A technology center was also located here, which held the world’s first flight simulator and where the synchronization of the gunner for vehicle-mounted machine guns and propellers was developed. The final stop on the way back to Berlin is Staaken Airfield, which began as an airship port in 1915 only to experience an eventful history. There are still buildings from all periods that now partly stand in an industrial park: the old gas station, the main entrance to the air base, Lufthansa hangars, Heinkel Tower, and the New Jerusalem settlement.

Berlin and Potsdam: 5-Hour Tour of Swiss Influences

5. Berlin and Potsdam: 5-Hour Tour of Swiss Influences

Discover the traces of Swiss inventiveness that have significantly influenced Berlin’s cultural history. Start the tour at the Swiss Embassy, which has remained almost unscathed from the bombing raids during the Second World War. Learn more about the history of Johan Josty, who moved from Oberengadin to Berlin at the end of the 18th century and became the first Swiss confectioner of the city. His brother Daniel also left a Swiss mark on Berlin and founded Berliner Weiße – his brewery still stands today in Berlin-Mitte. Continue on to Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin. Here you can also see Swiss elements – until 1738 the Swiss cemetery was located where the imposing German Cathedral stands today. You will then head towards Potsdam. See the Swiss houses from the 1860s shortly before reaching the Glienicke Bridge. They were an expression of the spirit at that time for a natural and social way of life. The highlight of the tour is the Swiss colonists’ village of Nattwerder, which was settled by 14 families from Berlin in 1685. The church from 1690 is the oldest in Potsdam. Grave stones mark the Dortschy, Kiener, Schweingruber, Garmatter, and Mauerhof families. The main highlights of a general tour of Berlin and Potsdam are also included in this tour.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

This tour was a highlight of our trip. Johannes (the guide) is excellent. So knowledgeable and a pleasure to pal around with. We're already planning to take another of his tours when we go back to Berlin. Highly recommend for anyone wanting a tour related to Berlin's film history, its history in general, and a scenic getaway outside the city limits. This had it all!

A comprehensive and insightful tour with Johannes. Seeing all the major points of interest in this 5 hour tour left us wanting to return and revisit in more detail. Johannes made sure we saw all we wanted at each stop before moving on. This tour option is certainly to be recommend.

Great Tour! So much to see, but our guide Johannes did an awesome job of keeping us on schedule. He also took the time at the start of the tour to get our input on what most interested us in Potsdam so we hit the highlights because you really can not see everything in one day.

This day tour can only be recommended to everyone. You are shown a lot and there is also a lot of information about it. A big thank you to Mr. Westerkamp who gave us a very nice trip. We would make such a booking again and again.

Highly recommended

We had a wonderful day with Johannes who picked us up from our hotel, as arranged, and drove us to Potsdam. He took us to all the major sites, sharing his formidable knowledge along the way. He was punctual, helpful & humorous.