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Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

1. 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: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

2. Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

Start your Potsdam sightseeing adventure from the comfort of your accommodation in Berlin. Here, your driver will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet you and your group will hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and set off to Potsdam.  Enjoy the luxury of a schedule that can be completely customized to your needs. You also have the ability to combine your 4-hour Potsdam tour with a Berlin city tour. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will ride in a business class vehicle, equipped with air-conditioning and a microphone, allowing you to learn from your professional and informative driver. When traveling through Potsdam, you'll can see the following sites: Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace, Glienicke Bridge, Palace and Park Sanssouci, New Palace, Orangerieschloss, New Chambers, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Dutch Quarter and the Potsdam old city center. You will also have the chance to stop at some of these sites and enter the premises. Finish your tour with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Berlin and enjoy an evening of rest after a day of adventure. 

Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

3. 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: Discover Potsdam Half-Day Excursion

4. From Berlin: Discover Potsdam Half-Day Excursion

Berlin without Potsdam is like Paris without Versailles - leave Berlin without a trip to its royal residence, and you can't say that you've seen it all. Potsdam's fairy-tale landscapes are inviting and playful, and make any walk a delightful experience. Arrive from Berlin at the “Kaiser Bahnhof”, the final Emperor’s personal train station, and set off through the sprawling Sanssouci gardens. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will learn all about the Prussian Kings. From the ridiculous to the impressive, from the ineffective to the mighty, you’ll learn how Prussia rose from a minor European power to the foundation of the German Empire! Discover where Wilhelm II fled Germany at the end of World War I, see the impressive Venetian mosaic in the solemn Church of Peace, and find out just why Germans leave potatoes on Frederick the Great’s grave! Enjoy a relaxed trip from Berlin and back again on a 4-hour trip to Potsdam’s most famous and beloved park.

From Berlin: Historical Gems of Potsdam Private Day Trip

5. From Berlin: Historical Gems of Potsdam Private Day Trip

Take a trip back in time to the city of Potsdam, once home to Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, and discover intriguing stories along with historical treasures. On this this private day tour, enjoy a fascinating storytelling journey exploring wars, alliances, arts, and sciences, as well as historical woes and obsessions. Hear about the Prussian dynasty and how it shaped Germany's future in the times of the First and Second Reich while admiring beautiful Rococo and Baroque architecture. Retrace history and see highlights like the Long Bridge and the Alter Markt (Old Market). Find out how the first Prussian King positioned Prussia within the Holy Roman Empire. Wander the streets and admire the architectural gems of the city as you explore Germany's royal past.  A 15-minute bus ride takes you to the famous New Palace, while a stroll through the famous Sansoucci Park will lead you to the magnificent main residence, built by the most celebrated king of Prussia. With the help of your guide, imagine how it felt to live in Potsdam centuries ago.

Berlin: Potsdam 6-Hour Guided Tour

6. Berlin: Potsdam 6-Hour Guided Tour

Enjoy a 6-hour tour to Potsdam, and visit the park and exterior of Sanssouci Palace as well as the historical city center. Explore Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, which was transformed from a garrison town to the residence of the Prussian kings in the 18th century. The palace of Frederick the Great gained world fame and is still admired today as a gem of the Rococo period. In the large park with historically important palaces of the Prussian kings, you can not only experience an interesting excursion into the history of Berlin and Brandenburg but also a beautiful oasis, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition to the famous Sanssouci Palace, you will also see other buildings inspired by Italian architecture.

From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

7. 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: E-Surfboard Rental

8. Potsdam: E-Surfboard Rental

Enjoy the water in Potsdam while taking a ride on an electric surfboard. Begin your e-surfboard experience by receiving detailed instruction and a tutorial. Learn easily the mechanics of the board and have fun standing, kneeling, or lying down while you glide over the water at up to 25 kilometers per hour. Enjoy the wind, sun, and water all around you. Relax and take in a perfect day on your board.

Great Moments in Aviation: 5-Hour Tour in Berlin

9. 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.

Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 581 reviews

The tour was fantastic! Tobi was our guide. He was very well-prepared which allowed us to have an informative and interesting tour. Our questions were answered with patience and details. And he was definitely very knowledgeable so he could handle our doubts at ease and that we could easily understand him.

What a great day! We were a bit worried, starting out in the rain & with small children joining the tour, but Ronin kept a pace we could all enjoy. His stories were both informative and amusing! When more contextual depth was needed, he was able to provide that, too.

Nice get out from Berlin for a few hours to enjoy royal beauty of Potsdam. Nice gardens and palaces and a great guide Jamie. I recommend to everybody who spend a few days in Berlin, it’s only 45 min train ride.

Wonderful trip to Potsdam, Tobi was a wonderful guide, he made the trip easy, fun and informative. I’d definitely recommend this trip for someone who prefers to walk around a city vs riding a tour bus.

Fantastic tour. Yasmin, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, lively and fun. There was a lot of excellent information with great context. Jorg, our driver, was outstanding.