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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.

2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

6. 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.

Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

7. Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

Experience the beauty of historic Wannsee and its seven surrounding lakes, with your own private boat and captain. Begin your cruise on Tiefensee, with mesmerizing harbor views of historic Babelsberg Castle. Catch a glimpse of the luxurious villas hidden along the harbors of Griebnitzsee, known to host movie stars and celebrities.  Continue your route through the Stölpchensee, Pohlesee, Kleiner Wannsee, and Großer Wannsee, until arriving at Peacock Island, famous for its whimsical summer palace. A slight detour before your return will take you to Jungfernsee, home of the historic Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Agreement was signed in 1945.

Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

8. 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.

From Berlin: Historical Gems of Potsdam Private Day Trip

9. 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: City Tour in a Soviet Minibus

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 573 reviews

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.

Audio Guido didn't work, but the human "replacement" was much better

Nice on a hot day. The chef was a greatnstoryteller