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Potsdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour of City Center & Palaces

1. Potsdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour of City Center & Palaces

The tour is in german language. 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 City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

2. 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.

Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

3. Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walk in Babelsberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get an insight into the turbulent history of this dreamlike parkland. Learn about the dramatic era in which Babelsberg Park was created and the role it played at the end of WWII. After 1961 it was divided by the Berlin Wall and the history of the park is closely linked to escape attempts across the Iron Curtain. From the Babelsberg Palace, take in stunning views of the Bridge of Spies, a symbol of the Cold War. Today the bridge connects Potsdam, the former capital of the greatest GDR district with the former West Berlin. After an easy 2-kilometer walk, return to the starting point.

Potsdam: City Tour in a Soviet Minibus

4. Potsdam: City Tour in a Soviet Minibus

Discover over 50 years of Soviet history in the small but historically important city of Postdam. Travel in a modern Soviet vintage minibus. Departing from Potsdam Central Station, head for Bassinplatz Square. Here, discover the Soviet War Cemetery, the final resting place of hundreds of fallen Soviet soldiers. Then head to the historic site of the Potsdam Conference, Cecilienhof Palace. Next door, visit one of the most important Soviet intelligence sites in East Germany and a detention center. Next, 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. Your final stop will be the Rechenzentrum Potsdam. Here, admire a huge socialist mosaic which depicts scenes of the notorious Cold War Space Race, before getting dropped off back at the main station.

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.

Potsdam: Glienicke Walking Tour

6. Potsdam: Glienicke Walking Tour

Discover the rich history and notable landmarks of Glienicke on a walking tour. Start your tour at Glienicke Palace by meeting your professional guide. Wnder through the beautiful grounds, with picturesque lake views. Next make your way to the Glienicke Bridge. Known as the "Bridge of Spies" during the Cold War years, the bridge was often used as a point of exchange for spies between East and West Germany. The bridge crosses the River Havel and today is the primary road link between Berlin and Potsdam. Stroll through the small village Glienicke and learn more about the Cold War years, and the effect it had on the surrounding area. Discover the park surrounding Babelsberg Palace, followed by lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We had a wonderful time in Potsdam with Betty. She spoke marvelous English and had all kinds of interesting stories explaining the Prussian history and the what's and why's of the area palaces and gardens. Be ready to walk on this tour and to have fun listening to the comments!

A great tour that dove into the history of the area in relation to the Cold War. Our guide was very knowledgeable, as he grew up in the area, and could give us personal insight. Would definitely recommend.

Great tour in beautiful surroundings. The guide was very competent and knowledgeable about history - which of course is absolutely interesting in this environment. Can only be recommended!!

The whole trip was perfect all round. A different perspective on Potsdam and its history was explained and documented with a great deal of knowledge.

Very interesting and instructive, many stories from Holger make this tour a lively experience. Absolutely to recommend.