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

    1. 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...

    Easy and cheap way to get a quick impression of Potsdam - the narrative in English was thin (mostly in German, understandably) but the audio in English assisted. All very much rushed but again understandable given distance/time constraint. Not bad and good value for money

  • Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

    2. 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.

    Fantastic guided tour! Loved the little town and it's streets. The castles were great and everything was arranged perfect.

  • Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

    3. Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

    See Sanssouci Palace, the Dutch Quarter, Glienicke Bridge and more with a flexible bus tour past all the key Potsdam sights. Begin your discovery of this fascinating city at either Central Station or one of 16 convenient hop-on hop-off points. Settle into a seat on the top deck and enjoy informative audio commentary via your personal headphones. Enjoy the full 100-minute round trip in one go, or jump on and off throughout the day; the choice is yours. Either way you'll discover famous sites like the Neues Palais and Cecilienhof. Come and go from the bus as you like. Walk in the tranquil gardens of Sanssouci Park, or hit the stores on Potsdam's shopping mile.

  • Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

    4. Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

    The Berlin WelcomeCard, available as 48-hours, 72-hours, 4-day, 5-day, or 6-day option, offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in fare zones Berlin ABC and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50% with many participating partners. Whether you're taking a city tour or visiting a museum, theater, or restaurant, when you use the Berlin WelcomeCard, you can see all Berlin has to offer at an amazing price. You'll also receive a pocket-size travel guide with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips. Each WelcomeCard includes free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old. Children under the age of 6 generally travel for free. Enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions: • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Bike tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Museums • Theater/stage performances •...

    It was extremely easy to load and pay the Welcome Card from internet. Totally it took les than two minutes and I had a printed document in my hands. Excellent!

  • Segway Tour: Potsdam Highlights

    5. Segway Tour: Potsdam Highlights

    Small-group Segway tours are something truly unique. Not only are Segways fun to drive, they also give you the chance to experience both the old and new from an entirely new perspective. After a personal introduction as to the handling of the Segway, your guide will escort you to the highlights of your selected tour. Your safety is very important: all Segways are approved by the German Technical Inspection Association (TÜV).  The 2.5-hour tour covers the Dutch Quarter, the Nauen Gate, the City Hall, the Russian Colony Alexandrowka, the Belvedere, the Old Dairy, Castle Cecilienhof, the 'Forbidden City' which was formerly operated by the KGB, the Historic Mill, Castle Sanssoucci and lots of additional points of interests in the inner city of Potsdam. The 3-hour tour discovers the world famous Glienicke Bridge (known as the Bridge of Spies), the Dutch Quarter, the theater of Potsdam, Babel...

    Dank Martin hatten wir einen unvergesslichen Tag und Ausflug. Es war für uns das erste mal auf einem Segway und wir würden es jederzeit wieder tun. Tolle Bilder und danke nochmals für alles

  • From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

    6. 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 divi...

  • Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

    7. 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....

  • From Berlin: Discover Potsdam Day Tour

    8. 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 o...

    Sebastian the guide was fantastic Made our day memorable. We shall return to Potsdam very soon for a longer stay.

  • 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 t...

  • Potsdam: Villa Schöningen Entrance Ticket

    10. Potsdam: Villa Schöningen Entrance Ticket

    Explore the historic Villa Schöningen building at your own pace with this entrance ticket. Make your way to Glienicker Bridge, once one of the most famous border posts between East and West Berlin, where you can admire the villa's Italian villa-style architecture, designed by Ludwig Persius. Inside, wander through a range of contemporary art and history exhibitions. Discover high-calibre contemporary artists and immerse yourself in the history of inner-German division and the Cold War. In the villa's park, stroll among fruit trees and sculptures by various artists. Stop for a bite to eat in the on-site café or rent stand-up paddles (SUP) in the summer.

Frequently asked questions about Potsdam

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Planning Your Visit

  • How long do I need?

    Many visit Potsdam as a day trip from Berlin, but it’s really a destination in its own right. Leave two to three days to get a real sense of the place.

  • How do I get there?

    Berlin Tegel Airport is the nearest international option, and transfers take under an hour. Trains from Berlin Hauptbahnhof take under half an hour and leave around every 30 minutes. The S-Bahn also travels to Potsdam (zone C).

  • How should I get around?

    Many visitors choose to explore the city using bikes, which can be rented throughout the city. You can also explore by boat, taking in great views from the water.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Late spring/early summer is best for a visit when the days are long, the parks are green and the temperatures are mild so that you can walk, bike or boat your way around.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,289 reviews

The trip was very entertaining. Nicola explained everything great. The 3 hours went by in a flash. I would advise everyone to start their trip to Potsdam. You immediately get an overview of the sights.

The drive in only one direction is very good. You can get off anywhere, stroll in the park or in the city and then get back on at one of the stations.

Fantastic guided tour! Loved the little town and it's streets. The castles were great and everything was arranged perfect.

A great tour with three short tours of the Cecilienhof, Sanssouci and the New Palais.

Excellent day tour, fast paced, knowledgeable guide, fun group dynamics.