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Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

1. 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.

Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

2. 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.

Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

3. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a spree to your experience. You can redeem your boat ticket at any time and add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. During the summer, there is also a guided walking tour available, so you can learn even more in-depth, insider knowledge about the sights and landmarks. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise Option

4. Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise Option

Hop on an open-top double-decker bus and enjoy fantastic views and the great atmosphere of Berlin. Choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket along 2 different routes and discover the city's history and vibrant culture from the fully narrated audio tour. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the legendary Checkpoint Charlie to the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant culture, diverse architecture, and fascinating history will take your breath away. Explore over 20 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Ku'Damm or Alexanderplatz. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Follow your guide from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie with highlights including the Holocaust Memorial, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, and captivating stories of the divided Berlin. There are main stops on the red route from Ku’Damm and the KaDeWe Department Store. You can also hop on or off and enjoy the blue route with amazing views from Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx-Allee.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

5. Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the fairytale charm of Potsdam and see some of its stunning attractions with a local guide. Time flies as you walk along the picturesque streets of this city. See the magnificent Sanssouci Palace, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Take a stroll inside Park Sanssouci, a large lush park surrounding the palace and graced with decorative features like the Temple of Friendship and the Great Fountain. Hear fascinating stories about the history behind the city and get your guide's recommendations on how to best spend time in Potsdam.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

6. Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

Enjoy the scenery of Potsdam from the northern city center. See parts of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site at Sanssouci Palace, once the summer home of the Prussian ruler Frederik the Great in traditional Rococo architectural design. Your tour guide will bring you from here to other anecdotal locations in the German city, including the famous Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) with its massive Classicist style dome, modeled after ancient Greek architecture, and completed in the 1830s. Any stop along the way will be dissected in its history and cultural significance in the city as your guide is a historical expert on this small town. Impressive facts and antidotes will lead you along your guided tour and give you precise knowledge of Potsdam.

From Berlin: Battle for Seelow Heights WW2 Battlefield Tour

7. From Berlin: Battle for Seelow Heights WW2 Battlefield Tour

After meeting your guide, travel to the town of Seelow, approximately 1.5 hours from Berlin. Visit the Seelow Heights War Museum where your guide will provide a detailed overview of the Berlin-Seelow offensive operation and highlight key exhibitions, including a 3D model of the Soviet 1st Belorussian Front bunker and the trench network which will be visited later in the tour. Explore the museum at your own leisure following the introduction. After the museum, it is a short drive to the next town of Reitwein. Discover this small and unassuming town which played a vital role in the Soviet advance and was the starting point for the 1st Belorussian Front assault on Seelow and the future advance on Berlin. Learn how Marshal Zhukov set up his command post in this town and visit the remnants of the bunker and trench network systems located in the nearby forest. See the remains of Marshal Zhukov’s observation point where he commanded the battle. Following a small excursion through the trench network, continue to Dolgelin Railway station. Learn about the German defensive positions and the immense difficulties that the Russian and Polish troops faced in crossing the aptly named "shooting gallery". Begin the journey back to Berlin following the original route of the Soviet advance. Pass through the town of Lietzen and stop at the German field cemetery. Make a final stop at the town of Jahnsfelde, which you will discover the brutality and desperation of the fighting. Now host to a sports field, see the site of a German field hospital which was attacked by Soviet aircraft during the final days of the war.  Once back in Berlin be dropped off at the Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel.

Potsdam: Private Sanssouci Palace Walking Tour

8. Potsdam: Private Sanssouci Palace Walking Tour

Explore the charming city of Potsdam with its 1,000 years of history on a private guided walking tour. See the old town's sights and walk through the enchanting Sanssouci Palace's manicured gardens. Discover Potsdam's charming old town with the rebuilt City Palace and seat of the Brandenburg State Parliament, the enchanting Dutch Quarter, which will make you feel like you are in the Netherlands, and Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate. Listen to tales from your guide, learning about this small city. Then, stroll through the dreamlike park of Sanssouci Palace — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — with its delicate statues, rows of flowers, and enchanting buildings. Walk through history as you learn how the palace was built as a summer retreat in the 1700s.

Berlin: History of Crime Walking Tour

9. Berlin: History of Crime Walking Tour

Dive into the underbelly of Berlin's past as you discover its history of crime on this walking tour. Delve into stories about gangs, political murders, and facinating scandals.   Hear about how Chicago gangs dominated the Berlin entertainment industry in the 1920s. Get details on the underworld's involvement in protection rackets, drug trafficking, kidnappings and prostitution. Learn about how the infamous Glasgow gang terrified the whole of Berlin in the post-war period and hear about the Safe Breakers. Listen as your guide tells you the story behind the gang fight at the Silesian train station. Immerse yourself in the terror at Bülowplatz where the later head of the Ministry for State Security, Erich Mielke, was involved in a political murder. See the former location of the massive Berlin police headquarters and find out how the police won world acclaim through Ernst Gennat.  Finish your tour at the Rotes Rathaus where you can hear the tale of a financial scandal in the 1920s which involved the mayor. 

Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

10. Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

In the summer of 1945, the Cecilienhof Palace and the surrounding "Neuer Garten" park were closed to the public for the Potsdam Conference. The most powerful heads of state in the world came to Potsdam: Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill. The conference was an end to World War II, but also the starting point of the Cold War. For almost five decades, the Soviet military town No. 7, a “forbidden city”, was located next to the New Garden park. It was one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets during the Cold War. Here were, among other things, the German headquarters of the military counterintelligence of the KGB and a remand prison. On the tour you will learn more about the work and life in this forbidden city. Finally, head to the Glienicke Bridge that became world famous as the "Bridge of Spies" where the 2015 Hollywood film of the same name was shot. During the Cold War, agents were exchanged between East and West because the bridge was the border between the GDR and the American sector in West Berlin.

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Our American tour guide Miguel was great, took us there and got us back. Was very informative and his knowledge of the historical facts was exceptional. Would recommend the tours.

A fantastic and very enlightening tour, our guide Miguel was incredibly knowledgeable and assisted by his fantastic language skills. Really good value for money. Highly recommend

Very sobering and profitable tour. Miguel the guide was very informative and gave us the facts in an appropriate style.

Very good tour. The guide was informative and friendly. Good value for money, highly recommend.

The best way how to get to know the Berlin and it’s places what you want to explore more.