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Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

1. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

Explore the Sanssouci Palace and Park on this guided day trip. Travel by climate-controlled bus and take in the top sights in Potsdam. Admire the Dutch Quarter and stroll thorugh Sanssouci Palace and Park. Board the comfortable in Berlin's central Kurfürstendamm district and take a short drive to Potsdam. Begin your tour of Potsdam's sights and listen as your guide share's fascinating stories. Walk through the Dutch Quarter to see its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. Head to Sanssouci and go 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. Go by the Chinese teahouse and the New Palace. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

2. 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.

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided Tour

3. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided 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. 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.

Potsdam: Private Potsdam Walking Tour

4. Potsdam: Private Potsdam 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.

Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

5. 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: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

6. 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: Romance and Love Stories Guided Tour

7. Potsdam: Romance and Love Stories Guided Tour

Enjoy an exclusive tour for you and your partner, where you will discover the most romantic locations in Potsdam. Together with the professional local guide, feel spellbound in the charming atmosphere of your surroundings. Pass by the Sanssouci Palace and grounds which are a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby Berlin. Discover some picturesque lakes and green areas which are perfect for taking romantic photos. Hear of stories of tumultuous, hilarious and inspiring love stories hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the area.

Potsdam: Private Bus Tour with Sanssouci Palace Park Walk

8. Potsdam: Private Bus Tour with Sanssouci Palace Park Walk

Explore Potsdam with its magnificent palaces and parks on a private bus tour. See the Old Town's cobblestoned streets and Dutch Quarter, stroll through Sanssouci Palace's famous park, and more. Hop on your bus and sit back and relax as your guide explains Potsdam's rich, 1,000-year-old history. Hear stories of Prussian kings and how they lived their lives in this charming city. Stop at Cecilienhof Palace, marveling at its impressive yet rustic architecture with wooden beams and archways, to snap a few photos. Continue through the city to see the famous Dutch Quarter — where you'll feel you're more in the Netherlands than in Germany — and many other Prussian buildings, including the Orangery and the New Palaces. Then stretch your legs and walk through the manicured gardens and park of Sanssouci Palace. Stroll past pristine, white statues, perfect rows of flowers, and flowing fountains, listening to your guide's historical stories of past kings.

From Berlin: Private Tour of Potsdam with a Guide

9. From Berlin: Private Tour of Potsdam with a Guide

Enjoy a private tour to the heart of Potsdam from berlin with a guide. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanssouci Palace, gardens, Bridge of Spies, and more on a half-day tour. After being picked up from the hotel in Berlin, drive to the border of Wannsee and Potsdam. You will cross the Glienicke Brücke, known as the Bridge of Spies where the US and Soviet Union swapped captured agents during the Cold War. Continue to the New Gardens to see the Marble Palace across the Heiliger See lake and the Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the Potsdam Conference where the Cold War began. Your expert guide will provide an in-depth commentary throughout the tour. From Cecilienhof, you will move to Potsdam’s downtown. Enter the historical center of Potsdam through the gothic-revivalist Nauen Gate, proceeding on foot through the picturesque Dutch Quarter to Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate. Next, step into the famous Sanssouci Gardens, the monumental Neue Palais, and then to the Sanssouci Palace, the iconic summer residence of Frederick the Great. Delve deeper into the gardens on foot, visiting the Chinese House, the Roman Baths, and the Orangerie. There will be several short breaks during the tour for refreshments. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Berlin, accompanied by your guide.

From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

10. 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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What people are saying about Sanssouci Park

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We had a very informative morning with Bodo & Su! Real Berliners! Su guided us wonderfully through Berlin on the way to Potsdam to Sanssouci Palace! With many little stories, she explained the big picture of the important Prussians to us! Always with additional information about places that we passed during the trip! Bodo the bus driver has smoothly adapted to Su's stories in driving speed! In the castle we were provided with an audio guide!

The trip was amazing from beginning to end. The tour guide was excellent. The bus was very comfortable. The driver was very good. I highly recommend this tour, especially during summer.

Beautiful! Informative tour. Our guide Yasmin (not sure on spelling) was funny and knew a lot about the palace! Highly recommend!

Karen was great. Its a little bit rushed, 4 hours exactly. Youll see the palace only.

Very nice experience. Jazmine's excellent guide tour.