Potsdam: City and Castles Tour
- Duration: 3 hours
- Optional audio guide
In the town of Potsdam, just outside Berlin, is the spectacular Sanssouci estate, the former summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Sanssouci Palace and its magnificent grounds offer myriad treasures to discover – here are the 5 highlights.
Built in 1745, Sanssouci Palace was designed in the playful Rococo style as per Frederick the Great's wishes, since he wanted the palace to be an escape from the pomp of Berlin.
The majestic New Palace was built in the more impressive baroque style so that it could be used to receive dignified guests. It's considered to be the last great Prussian palace.
A passionate art collector, Frederick the Great built himself a private museum in Sanssouci. The lavish gallery houses masterworks by illustrious artists like Caravaggio.
This gorgeous and ornately decorated grotto, featuring a statue of the Roman god Neptune and a giant sea shell made of real shells, served the sole purpose of adorning the garden.
Although Frederick the Great always stated that he wanted to be buried at Sanssouci, his wishes were not honored until the 205th anniversary of his death in 1991.
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.
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.
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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.
This was such a good tour, but only.if you understand German,Potsdam is a great place.to discover in that way, and the guide was really knowledgeable and knew who to tell it Thank you
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.