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From Berlin: Private Potsdam Half-Day Tour

1. From Berlin: Private 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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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.

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From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

3. 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

4. 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

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.

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Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

6. 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

7. 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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Potsdam: Glienicke Walking Tour

8. 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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From Berlin: 6 Hour Tour to Potsdam

9. 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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Berlin: Castle Britz Gardens Private Tour

10. Berlin: Castle Britz Gardens Private Tour

Explore Castle Britz in the district of Neukölln on a private tour. Learn about its many uses throughout the centuries since the times of the Count of Hertzberg in the Prussian era, right up until the present day. Enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of city life with your guide. Discover the beautiful exterior of the buildings and the lush gardens. Wander through the famous rose garden and see various farm animals which have been introduced to the area in recent years.

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What people are saying about Berlin

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 415 reviews

Our guide, Mr. Raschke, was an almost inexhaustible source of knowledge. The time passed happily, very interesting and very vivid. We were a group of four people, it was pleasant to walk past the other large groups and, in contrast to them, to listen to every explanation of our guide in a relaxed manner and also to be able to comfortably ask questions. A very personal experience!

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!

The guide arrived on time, as agreed, we had sufficient time to explore the park, castles and the town of Potsdam. The commentary was professional

Excellent tour. The Blas guide took a full tour of Potsdam and gave us a real history lesson. I recommend!

Nadav is very knowledgeable guide. He knows the story behind of each of the castle.