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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.

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Potsdam: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

2. 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

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Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

3. 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. 

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From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

4. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a guided walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

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From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

5. From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Potsdam, including round-trip transfers from Berlin and a guide and driver exclusive to you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by private vehicle and drive through the lakeland borough of Wannsee en route to Schloss Glienicke and the Glienicke Bridge, site of spy swaps during the Cold War. Continue to Potsdam for a tour of the town that served as the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern for 3 centuries. Marvel at the majestic castle of Babelsberg. Visit New Garden, home to the Marble Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof. Admire the lakeside Marble Palace and learn about the Potsdam Conference that took place at Schloss Cecilienhof, when the leaders of the United States of America, Britain, and the Soviet Union decided the future of Germany after World War 2. Next, go to the Russian colony of Alexandrowka and see 13 wooden houses built in the 1800s for the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. Continue into downtown Potsdam for lunch (own expense). Then, see historic sights such as St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. Admire Potsdam City Palace, partially reconstructed in late 2013 and now home to the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg. End with a look at the Rococo architecture of Sanssouci Palace, built during the reign of Frederick the Great. As a private tour, you can choose the attractions that most interest you, and enjoy the full attention of your guide at all times. Palace opening times vary according to the day of the week, so your choice of palace will depend on the day of your tour. For example, tours can include Neue Kammern or Neues Palais (where Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in 1914) at Sanssouci Park instead of Sanssouci Palace.

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From Berlin: Historical Gems of Potsdam Private Day Trip

6. 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.

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Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

7. 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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From Berlin: Potsdam & Sanssouci City of German Kings Tour

8. From Berlin: Potsdam & Sanssouci City of German Kings Tour

Following a ride on the S7 from Berlin, head straight to the regal city Potsdam. Take a walk through the gardens of Sanssouci and admire the many, beautiful plants. See the new palace, the Sanssouci Palace and other beautiful structures in a World UNESCO location. See a part of history as you witness the place where Germany and Prussia were planned. Later walk to the old city center, crossing the beautiful promenade and the dutch red houses. End your tour in a quint cafe located in an old square in the old town. During the tour hear the unbelievable story of Frederick the Great, who against all odds created a new empire in Europe, and the ramifications for all of Europe.

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From Berlin: Discover Potsdam Day Tour

9. From Berlin: Discover Potsdam Day Tour

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. The palace of Cecilienhof, built in a country house style from 1914 to 1917, is not only memorable for the Potsdam Conference of 1945, where an American president, a Soviet dictator and a British prime minister sealed the fate of Germany and Europe. It is also the last palace built by the Hohenzollern Dynasty. There you will also see the lakeside Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins. Another dreamlike spot is Babelsberg castle with its surrounding park. What are an idyllic Russian village, beautiful towers and churches from the Italian Renaissance and an 18th century Dutch town doing here? We will give you historic information on how the old city palace was destroyed at the end of the war. You will cross the bridge where spy swaps took place during the Cold War and see where political opponents of the East German dictatorship were imprisoned. The tour ends in the beautiful park of Sanssouci, which means literally without worries.

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From Berlin: 6 Hour Tour to Potsdam

10. From Berlin: 6 Hour Tour to Potsdam

Among woods, parks and lakes, surrounded by legends and crowded with Royal Palaces, at the gates of Berlin, discover one of the most picturesque cities of Germany: Potsdam. See the ancient Prussian splendor and find clear signs left by the socialists of the GDR and the current search for a historical image. Also, get to know "Frederick the Great", the philosopher king who lived in the middle of the 1700s. Walk through Sanssouci Park, also known as "the German Versailles". Next, cross the lesser known but older Brandenburg Gate to get to the Dutch Quarter. Finally, see another beautiful park: the Neuer Garten of the Castle of Cecilienhof, where the famous Conference of the victors of the Second War was held in 1945. End your tour at the the Bridge of Spies, a place that served as an exchange point for secret agents during the cold war.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Rent a bike

    Sanssouci park is huge. Rather than tire yourself walking all day, why not rent a bike from one of the countless rental spots all over Potsdam? The park's large avenues are perfect for a leisurely and picturesque cycle.

  • Budget travellers

    The interiors of the different buildings in Sanssouci are absolutely worth visiting, especially for history buffs. However, if you're traveling on a tight budget, you can still have an amazing day out by simply visiting the park, which offers a bounty of delights wholly free of charge.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, closed Mondays. New Palace closed Tuesdays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at 19€ and continue upwards based on tours, ticket packages and transportation options.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so many historical facts to discover, and so much to see and do, a guide is definitely recommended!
  • How to get there
    Take the RE1 train, direction Brandenburg, to Charlottenhof and it's about a 10 minute walk.
  • Additional information

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes. The park is large and you can spend a lot of the day wandering the beautiful paths.

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What people are saying about Sanssouci Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,178 reviews

This is a great tour of the best sites in Potsdam! Most of the time is spent on the bus which is great for winter/bad weather, with the chance to walk around the main sites with a tour or on your own. If you book the tour for a language other than German, you can listen to the foreign language audio guide in the bus.

Steve was an amazing tour guide and we had so much fun. He was very informative and even found us food with most of the shops closed. Thank you Steve

Really really good. Great tour guide, informative and entertaining. I can only recommend.

Wonderful tour guide, very interesting and informative tour, entertaining and fun

Very interesting city tour with a very well informed city guide. Gladly again.